Massive disclaimer here, I don’t solely choose my meals based on the Instagram prospects, contrary to popular belief. If you saw some of my own dinners, with the burnt bits and slightly random portion sizes, then you’d know that I’m pretty unfussy most of the time. Still it can’t hurt when your brunch destination is a little bit photogenic and you can live vicariously through the colorful teapots and high ceilings, before returning home for a plate of mush. Oh dear. Here’s another three London locations to add to your list, they’re all aesthetically pleasing in their own way and the food tastes as good as it looks.
You don’t often think that you’d be able to have a meal within the vicinity of a palace but it’s entirely possible at The Orangery. Situated within the gardens at Kensington Palace, this 18th century entertainment room (previously used by Queen Anne) is actually a reasonably priced breakfast spot with none of the stuffiness that you might expect. Can we just have a moment to think about the hot waffle with caramel covered apples and cinnamon cream? Remind me never to order this kind of thing ‘to share’ ever again, I probably could have eaten my Eggs Royale, then at least two portions plus some fruit salad for good measure. This was part of a blogger event, so our crazy amounts of photography were a bit of a running joke (I was the first to get up onto a chair), but it was inevitable with the white tablecloths, pretty china and natural light. At least I’m not as bad as this guy.
You wouldn’t associate the forgotten area of Drury Lane with such a cosy little location but Jar Kitchen is actually a good place to know about. As the name suggests, you’ll find a lot of ‘rescued’ jars adorning every service, but it’s not a meaningless gesture. The whole concept is a bit eco with reclaimed tables, locally sourced ingredients and a zero-waste policy. There’s a slight emphasis on wellness, but it’s more about eating something balanced rather than restricting yourself. I went for the rather inventive concoction of pork belly, baharat spiced baked beans, tamarind chutney and a poached egg. It all worked so well together and I’m tempted to try it again as part of the bottomless brunch they’ve now introduced.
If Anthropologie did food, then it’d probably look a little bit like Pachamama. Just look at the plates! This Peruvian-inspired spot has been here a while and it’s a little known cuisine in my book. Think party-in-your-mouth combinations. You’re encouraged to mix everything together on the plate so that all the sweet, nutty and tangy flavours blend together plus there’s decorative details like powdered olives and edible flowers, that add to the straight-outta-Pinterest look. The waffles are the main draw, you can choose between quinoa and gluten-free sweet potato as your base and go to town with mixed berries or fried chicken as your topping. Dishes are designed to be shared, so round-up a likeminded group of friends and get a round of pisco punch in (this white spirit made from grapes is a big deal here). Also, make sure you try the aubergine with yoghurt and pecans as a side, it was probably an unexpected favourite of the day and complements things like ceviche really well. The restaurant is only about 5 minutes away from Bond Street, so it’s worth knowing about just in case you need an escape from the crowds.
I was a guest of The Orangery, Jar Kitchen & Pachamama, but all opinions are my own of course!