The weekend still feels ages away, though I can’t complain as I’ve just been in Italy for nine days, and whilst the Italian food was obvs amazing, I started to really miss the variety of cuisine we get in London. Especially weekend brunch.
I love going out for brunch. The idea of a long drawn out meal, eaten whilst soaking up the laziness of the weekend with friends, is my idea of happiness. Brunch is in my blood, us Antipodeans have been doing it since like forever, and we do it really, really well. So well, that I tend to mostly visit Antipodean owned cafes here in London, so I feel confident I’m going to get a perfectly cooked eggs benedict, and coffee that tastes nothing like Starbucks.
Just before heading to Italy, my Aussie friend Cath and I booked in a Sunday marathon brunch session, and both being gluten intolerant makes it easy for us to choose somewhere we’ll both be happy. I suggested Flotsam and Jetsam Cafe because A. they’re food is amazing B. they offer plenty of gluten free options and C. it’s owned by a fellow NZ born NZBWN member, which all adds up to a guaranteed delicious brunch.
We arrived around 1.30pm on a sunny Sunday, to a fast moving queue, and we were seated within 15 minutes. Having drank two coffees already, I placed my order for a green juice, and Cath went for a caffeine hit.
Having tried the Huevos Rancheros on a previous visit (utterly amazing!), I decided to branch out and try something new, settling on the Eggs Benedict with, wait for it, Espresso Brown Butter Hollandaise. Oh my word, that combo, whilst it may sound a little strange, is actually the most delicious kind of strange evaaaaa! Cath ordered the Chorizo Scramble, and both meals were served with deliciously soft gluten free bread. We couldn’t visit Flotsam and Jetsam without ordering a side of their kickarse gluten free buttermilk cornbread with lemon curd, so we split a portion of that too.
We ended up sitting there for around 3 hours, by which time we started eyeing up the cake cabinet, and split a slice of gluten free mandarin and chocolate chip loaf, also fab.
Roll on weekend, and long, lazy brunches at Flotsam and Jetsam. And more of that espresso brown butter hollandaise too please!