Brunch Review 202 Notting Hill

We LOVE LOVE LOVE Notting Hill and had planned a fun day out at Notting Hill in the sunshine and of course a brunch, which is in our eyes the perfect Saturday. The weather was awful so we basically ended up going to Notting Hill just for brunch. We had a number of places we want to go in Notting Hill for brunch but this time decided to try out 202.

202 is basically a boutique shop and a restaurant, so when you arrive it feels you are entering a shop. However the restaurant takes over the top floor and the basement is the cute boutique shop. It has quite chilled vibes and there are a couple of communal tables.

We were taken to our seats, which were in the corner of the restaurant close to the kitchen. If you ever go, do not accept these seats as they are in the most annoying location ever. You constantly have staff brushing past you with plates of food and we found it hard to fully relax as it was so busy and noisy by our table.

We did happen to notice a cute outside terrace out the back of the restaurant and there was also seating out the front. had it been a warm summers day we would have definitely opted to have sat outside.

We both ordered coffees, which were small and overpriced but we needed our morning coffee fix and we took a cute picture of them too! The coffee was REALLY strong so it definitely woke us up a little bit, Rach opted for a Soya milk latte and Annie had an Americano with Soya Milk.

Rach went for the French toast with bacon and maple syrup which was £10.50 and Annie went for the 202 healthy cooked breakfast which came with avocado, poached eggs, tomato, spinach on brown toast and that cost £12.95. Annie was originally going to go for the smoked salmon bagel with cream cheese and watercress, but it was £17.50, they charge an absolute fortune for smoked salmon (we would like to hope it’s the crème de la crème of salmon at that price!!)

One thing we would like to mention is the toilets becasue as you probably already know this is something we comment on in all of our brunch reviews. the toilet were situated in the shop in the basement definitely are not something we would rave about. We always judge a place by their toilets and the toilets were not up to standard considering the feel the restaurant is going for and how much they charge for brunch. We thought it might be because of where the toilets are located, it does mean that members of the public are free to the use the toilet.

We both really enjoyed our food, it was tasty and portion sizes were generous. We are glad we have visited and ticked 202 off our list of brunch places. Would we return, probably not, but we still had a lovely time.

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Brunch review: Bills

Bills is a well-known restaurant located around the UK,  in the last few years more and more Bills seem to be popping up which we absolutely love and it means wherever you visit you are usually close to one.  We love visiting Bills we have never been served a bad meal and the staff are always incredibly friendly.

We visit regularly for lunch and dinner but we had never been for brunch before, We are just as surprised as you are we are not sure how this has happened?

One of our friends recently invited us to her engagement brunch and her restaurant of choice was Bills which we were SO chuffed about. We did of course take a look at the menu beforehand (who doesn’t) and we already wanted to taste EVERYTHING on the menu. Why it is that brunch food is always SO good, it makes it so hard to choose what to have.

The breakfast/brunch menu includes; full English fry ups (meat and veggie of course), coconut porridge, bacon or sausage bap, a selection of buttermilk pancakes and lots of egg dishes.

Rach went for the buttermilk pancakes served with streaky bacon and maple syrup, they were SO delicious. The three pancakes were like a dream they were light and fluffy and cooked until golden brown they were incredibly filling and the portion size was perfect. The Bacon was extra crispy (our favourite) and the generous maple syrup completed the dish perfectly.

Annie opted for the scrambled eggs and smoked salmon on wholemeal toast with which again was amazing. It would have been even better if they had served it with a wedge of lemon on the side, but saying that the waitress was more than happy to go and get some. The dish was filling and really delicious but then again you cannot really go wrong with this dish.

Other members of our party went for the full fry up and we have to say when it was served to them we did have a bit of food envy going on. It looked SO delicious and we especially noticed the quality of the sausages they looked so succulent YUM!

Bills is such good value for money the total of our brunch came to £12 each and that was for our food, drink and a tip on top! We couldn’t believe it we thought it was going to be a lot more than that so it was a pleasant surprise.

The atmosphere in Bills is one of the main reasons why we love it so much, it has chilled vibes and the staff are always really friendly.

Brunch Review: Duck and Waffle Local

We have wanted to visit Duck and Waffle for a while but around Christmas time it was almost impossible to get a reservation at the original one in the Heron Tower, however Duck and Waffle have opened another one on Haymarket And its called Duck and Waffle Local. Okay there may not be those amazing views but we were able to enjoy the delicious food and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

As we were in Duck and WAFFLE we decided to share some WAFFLES. The famous Duck and Waffle dish seemed a little over priced to us and looked a bit small so we decided not to go for that but instead went for Vanilla Fudge Brownie, and The Full Elvis.

As Rach doesn’t like nuts we had the peanut brittle and peanut butter on the side so that Annie could still enjoy her favourite thing ever, peanut butter! Both waffles were super super sweet but equally very delicious and we were glad we shared them as it meant we didn’t have an overload of the same dish.

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In our honest opinion Duck and Waffle Local was a little cramped and the seating was very close together, this would not be the place for a romantic date – but it was fine for us!

We would recommend visiting Duck and Waffle Local if you fancy trying out the famous food, however we most probably would not return here and would rather visit the one in the Heron Tower to enjoy the breathtaking views of London.

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Christmas Day Breakfast 

We actually cannot believe that Christmas has come around so quickly, how are we already thinking about what we are going to eat for breakfast on Christmas morning, its mad. We did however think it would be the perfect opportunity to share with you a little recipe that will help start your Christmas morning, nothing fancy just keeping v simple, v quick and most importantly vv tasty.

Christmas breakfast has always been quite a big deal in our households, we always start our Christmas with a super yummy breakfast and a glass or two of champagne. Christmas Day always revolves around food and every meal has got that extra bit of magic added to it usually in the form of champagne in our houses. We have therefore decided to jazz up our breakfast up this year to make it that little bit more special and went for waffles topped with cream cheese and smoked salmon YASSS! If you wanted to you could even shape the waffles into snowflakes or Christmas trees!

recipe below makes 5 waffle so double or tripple the recipe if you have more mouths to feed.

Ingredients
125g Plain Flour
½ tsp Caster Sugar
½ tsp Baking Powder
¾ tsp Mustard Powder
¼ tsp Smoked Paprika
½ tsp ground pepper
210ml Milk
65g Unsalted butter
2 Medium eggs

Method
Place the flour, sugar, baking powder, mustard powder, paprika, salt and pepper in a large mixing bowl.
Mix until all ingredients are combined
In a separate bowl, whisk the milk, butter and eggs.
Make a well in the dry mix, and pour the wet mix into it gradually, whisking until fully combined
Leave the batter on the side for 5 minutes
Switch the Waffle Maker on and lightly oil, close the lid and allow the waffle machine to heat up
Once the waffle maker is hot enough pour the mixture into the centre of each waffle
Close the lid and leave to cook for 4 minutes, without opening the lid
Open the lid of the machine carefully and remove the waffle
Repeat with the remaining batter and keep the rest of them warm in the oven on a wire rack to ensure they do not become soggy

Brunch Review: Parc Franglaises

We were lucky enough to be invited to Parc Franglaises one Sunday lunchtime. We had never heard of it before but we love French food and fancied a trip out of the big city so immediately accepted the invitation.

We did of course check our the Parc Franglaises Instagram and instantly fell in love with  the food they were posting. As always we also checked out Trip Advisor which got us even more excited about trying their food as all the reviews were raving about the delicatessen.

We jumped on the train at Brixton and 15 minutes later we had arrived, it’s crazy how far you can get in such a short space of time. Parc Franglaises was a 15 minute walk from the station so not far at all.

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Parc Franglaises


When we arrived we were greated by the two owners who told us take a seat. The cafe was buzzing full of people and if we had arrived 10 minutes later we would have struggled to get a seat which is always a good sign.

The deli was incredibly charming and we could tell it was a place the locals loved to visit everyone seemed to know of each other. The decor was enchanting and warm which we loved and it is a place we could spend hours at working away.

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Parc Franglaises

 

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Parc Franglaises

The menu was amazing there was so much to choose from that we both struggled to decide what to order. One of the things we loved about the deli was the fact you could see all the sandwich fillers, cold meats, salads and cheeses in the counters they all looked so fresh and delicious that is made it even harder to make a decision.

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Parc Franglaises

 

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Parc Franglaises

Rach went for a sausage, bacon and cheese sourdough baugette a combination she had not tried before but absolutely loved. Rach also opted for a side of potato salad an absolute favourite of hers so that went down an absolute treat. Annie went for a classic tuna and sweetcorn melt on a sourdough baguette with a side of Greek salad which were both so tasty and flavoursome.

We both agreed that the deli were incredibly generous with their portion sizes. Sometimes you can order a baguette and after a couple of bites the filling has gone but that is not the case at Parc Franglasis.

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Parc Franglaises

For dessert (yes of course we managed to squeeze in dessert) we had a slice of gluten free lemon cake which was one of the best gluten free cakes we have ever tried infact if they hadn’t of said we wouldnt have even known it was gluten free. We enjoyed our slice of cake over a Mocha and Hot chocoalte.

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Parc Franglaises

If you ever fancy a trip out of London then you should definitely visit Parc Franglaises we have our fingers crossed that they open another store slightly more central so we can visit all the time!

Brunch Review: Quaglino’s

Quaglino’s is an iconic restaurant located on 16 Bury Street, just a 5 minute walk from Green Park Station. We recently visited qualigios one Saturday afternoon For a birthday celebration as as soon as we stepped foot in the location we fell in love. 
The decor charming, classy and incredbily lavish, one word we would use to descrie it would be ‘plush’. Its the sort of place you walk into and feel special and immedietly like to think can afford to live this life every single day (we wish).
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Our reservation was from 2oclock and we were allocated a two hour time slot for our table but after two hours we were not told to move. As we were in a large group we had the 3 course brunch menu  which cost £29 but smaller parties can opt for the 2 course brunch menu which is £25.
For groups larger than 13 you have to pay a £20 deposit per head which we paid a few weeks beforehand. We also decided to have the bottomless Prosecco which was an additional £20. The staff were very observant and constantly went round topping up our glasses, it’s safe to say none of us walked out sober!
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There were around five options on the menu for each of the courses so it’s likely you are going to find something you like on the menu. I have to say though not all of the courses are your ‘typical’ brunch courses which we kind of liked seeing as we were not seated until 2o’clock.
The quality of the food was impeccable, this so something that couldn’t be faulted. There were clear plates all round and no one complained about anything.
Rachel opted for the London smoked salmon, capers, horseradish, cream and Belinis to start and Annie had the Poached egg & Avocado.
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For main we both had the Fresh rigatoni with sauteed wild mushrooms and oh my gosh this was INCREDIBLE! We wanted to eat it all over again it was just so tasty and not too rich.
For dessert Annie went for the selection of cheeses which was delicious but was a mistake on my behalf because by the time I had made my way through the pasta all I wanted was something sweet. Rach opted for the Raspberry creme brulee which was utteraly divine.
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They had live music playing when we first arrived but this stopped at 3pm. If  we were to return which we definitely will be we would book a table slightly earlier so we could enjoy the music for a longer length of time. The music was incredible and they played such a vast variety of songs which was great.
Overall we would score this brunch a solid 10/10 although slightly pricier than your average weekend brunch and not somewhere I would go every weekend it really did tick all the boxes and would be the perfect place to go if you have an occasion to celebrate.

Brunch Review: Flight Club

I have never heard of Flight Club but when I mentioned I was going here to other people everyone seemed to know what I was talking about and all said it was really good.
Flight Club is a bar in Shoreditch and is renowned for having a number of dart boards to play darts whilst drinking.

It was a friends birthday and she had hired out an area for 2 hours which included playing darts, unlimited pizza and unlimited prosecco.

We arrived and it was a bit like going bowling you enter your name on a computer, and also take a (ugly!) picture of yourself. The computer then generates rounds and who is going to play. There are a number of different rounds and games to play varying from straight forward darts, playing in pairs or having to hit a specific target for more points.

Whilst you are playing the hostesses walk around with wooden boards of pizza that you can help yourself too. As I have a weird diet myself and a couple of others opted for gluten free pizzas so they brought us 2 pizzas of our choice to share, which were delicious!

There were also buckets filled with bottles of prosecco and jugs of orange juice too for those who wanted to make mimosas.

We all were having fun playing darts and after one hour the games ended and we were told to move to another table by the bar. Apparently in the small print when booking you only have the darts for an hour but the food and drink for 2 hours. We thought this was very cheeky, so we complained and in the end were given 3 more bottles of prosecco.

Despite this we all took advantage of the free drinks and we even ordered 2 more gluten free pizzas!!

For a celebration this is such a great idea and something different to do, and we would highly recommend it. The place is very good and there are lots of booths to be hired out, and the pizza is delicious!!

Brunch Review: Caravan

Caravan is situated just a short walk away from the station in the kings cross Partnership Development. We walked from Baker Street as it was only a 30 minute walk but had to walk through kings cross station to get to Caravan.

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We visited Caravan one Sunday on a beautiful sunny day, we arrived at 11AM and headed inside to ask for a table, we opted to sit outside because of the lovely weather and were told it was a 30 minute wait which was fine by us we were not in a rush anyway.

We headed to the bar to order a drink while we waited to be seated. We had only been waiting for 10 minutes when the waitress came over and told us our table was ready- amazing.

The bar area was pretty cool it wasn’t in the middle of the restaurant but it also wasn’t situated at the back so you could walk the entire way around the bar and order from both sides which was quite cool.

The toilets were communal at Caravan, there were separate cubicles for males and females but the rest was communal. We have started to see this more and more in London so maybe it will become the norm soon.

The inside is rather dining room like (this definitely isn’t a bad thing we love it), there are long communal tables which immediately reminded us of being back at school. The high ceilings and pipes that are on display gives Caravan an industrial look which gives it a slightly edgy vibe.

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The atmosphere inside was energetic and lively it looked like everyone was having the best time whilst potentially recovering from the night before with great food in a vibrant establishment. If we were not able to get a seat outside then we would have been more than happy to sit inside on the long communal tables.

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It was so lovely being able to sit outside in September (especially as it had been so cold the week before), but we soon noticed that it wasn’t so great for taking photos (dam shadows), we actually ended up putting our food on the floor in the shade to get a decent photo of our food oh the things we do for a good Instagram shot.

Annie ordered the Banana, Date, Tamarind, Cocoa Nib, Almond Milk smoothie it was very sweet and almost tasted quite artificial. Rach went for the Cucumber, Apple, Parsley, Spinach which was quite watery and sadly was no where near as good as her homemade green juices.

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If we are completely honest we didn’t love the juices we both didn’t enjoy them as much as we had hoped and didn’t end up finishing them either. They cost £4.50 so below average for a juice or smoothie in London but if we were to return to Caravan we would definitely opt for an iced coffee instead.

For food Annie ordered the Chapel and swan smoked salmon, soft scrambled egg on grain toast which was absolutely incredible. They were very generous with the portions and it kept me full for the rest of the day which is always a bonus. This dish cost £9 which is actually very good value for London considering it had smoked salmon on it.

Rach ordered the Avacado, Chilli, Lemon & olive oil on sourdough bread but she also added a side of bacon which was undeniably delicious and they were very generous and gave three thick slices of bacon. The dish cost £7 and the bacon was an additional £4 so again it was only £11.

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Over all we were really impressed with Caravan and we loved the relaxed and quirky vibes. We would definitely recommend a visit, there is so much more on the menu that we need to try so we are sure we will be back again soon.

Brunch Review Hally’s

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We were so excited to try out Hally’s as we had been following their Instagram for a while so when we got the opportunity to go we couldn’t turn it down.

We booked a table for midday on Saturday and arrived on a beautiful sunny day. There were people sat outside with a glass of Prosecco in hand enjoying the beautiful weather. We were taken to our table inside the decor was lovely, simple but stylish.

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We decided to go for the bottomless brunch which is available at weekends. It seemed like a great offer, you get a choice of pastry or cookie, any main dish, tea/coffee and bottomless Prosecco or mimosa.

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We enjoyed a chocolate croissant and an almond croissant and both opted for an iced coffee. The menu stated there was a supplement for iced drinks, however we were not actually charged the extra, which was a bonus!

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There was so much choice for the mains and it was really hard to decide, however in the end Rach opted for the Smashed avocado on sourdough toast with ricotta, feta, mint & lemon with a side of chilli jam which was very yummy, although did have a kick to it!

After spying what someone else had ordered Annie went for the Corn fritters with crispy bacon, avocado, poached egg & creme fraiche. They were incredibly generous with the crispy bacon and served the fritters with 2 poached eggs. Its safe to say Annie was definitely stuffed by the end of it.

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We also enjoyed bottomless glasses of Prosecco and mimosas. It was weird because you couldn’t mix and match, once you picked Prosecco you always had to have Prosecco. Therefore we decided to order one of each so we could mix and match. Sometimes you fancy a little orange with your Prosecco and sometimes you don’t so we were very happy – but did find this a teeny strange!

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The location of Hally’s is amazing, we had never been to Parson’s Green before and loved it. It was such a quaint little street on the edge of Chelsea with gorgeous looking buildings and shops. Opposite Hally’s is Little H which is the same chain but more of a takeaway with a couple of high stools to sit at.

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We had missed going for brunch in London and Hally’s was the perfect place to visit.

 

Barcelona Foodie

We have already shared our Barcelona Brunchin’ post, if you haven’t taken a read of that already then we suggest you do because brunch in Barcelona is amazing. We came across so many hidden treasures whilst wondering around the city that we also wanted to share them with you.

1) Satans Coffee Corner – Zanna mentioned this on her vlog of Barcelona and it happened to be 6 minutes walk away from our hotel in the Gothic Quarter. We kinda struggled to find this coffee house as its was tucked away and Google maps got a little lost! It was such a cute little coffee shop with a very simple menu, we opted for the coffee with oat milk and ice and it was the perfect way to start our day.

2) Surf House – This looks amazing, you can go here for brunch but also for dinner, ice cream or cocktails. After writing this post we are actually gutted we didn’t visit here, the menu is very dreamy!

3) Hammock Juice Station – The pictures of this place are so cute, there are hammocks everywhere and you can chill in one with a juice. Unfortunately we never made it here so let us know if you visit!

4) Ice Wave – We found this on Instagram and discovered they have branches in both Barcelona and Palma. We actually ended up visiting the Ice Wave in Palma which was amazing. If the one in Palma is anything to go by then the one in Barcelona is not going to disappoint. They use yoghurt and you pick your filling and your topping. The yoghurt is then mixed with your chosen filling on an ice plate and made into rolls of frozen yoghurt. Its amazing to watch and tastes amazing too!

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5) Black Remedy – This place is famous for the coffee but also serves brunch too along with items from the deli. We wish we visited here to sample the coffee as we are coffee lovers afterall!

6) W Barcelona – We dreamed about visiting this hotel after seeing so many bloggers visit here and take incredible pictures. Yes the location is stunning, but we think its a little bit to far away from the centre. We ate at Salt and although it was lovely to be over looking the sea the food did not wow us and at first came out cold. There are lots of restaurants to choose from here with a variety of cuisines and if you want that luxury experience then we highly recommend taking a trip to the W.

7) Tapeo – You have to book to eat here as its very very popular. There is often a queue of people outside, however its meant to be the nicest tapas in Barcelona so if you fancy eating the local cuisine then book a table here.

8) Karlitos – this was the cutest coffee shop right next to our hotel. There was so much choice. We both played it safe with iced coffees but wish we could go back and sample the iced matcha seeing as everyone is raving about them! This coffee shop is situated on the corner of a quaint square so grab a coffee, relax and watch the world go by.

9) Las Cuevas del Sorte Barcelona – we stumbled across this cute bar and it featured in our vlog (link). They were only open for the weekend as a trial opening but will be fully opened from September onwards. This bar was so cool and didn’t have a proper menu so the bartenders just make up cocktails for you based on your preferences. Make sure you visit here for a cocktail or two!

10) Perikete – we randomly stumbled across this amazing place and had a couple of jug of sangria, well at 6 euros a litre it would be rude not too! We didn’t eat here but the tapas (which is all they sell!) looked delicious. We walked past in the evening and it was buzzing and full of people with great atmosphere.