Ideally located on the second floor of department store Fenwick, Bond & Brook has ladies-who-lunch firmly in its sights. The elegant mid-century furniture, white palette, flashy pewter bar and framed fashion photography make the venue a stylish stop for shoppers, while its all-day menu has feminine appeal.
Breakfast and brunch run the gamut from yoghurt on granola to smoked salmon with scrambled egg and brioche; lunch features light tapas options alongside more substantial main meals. From the tapas menu, artichokes alla giudia were charred rather than crunchy, but the slivers of duck breast with orange salad were sublime. We liked the main dish of black ink linguine with crab meat, chilli and parsley, despite the fact the pasta had been boiled well past al dente.
Next time, though, we might stick to the frou-frou afternoon tea. Dainty sandwiches, fondant fancies and a cheeky champagne cocktail make for a suitably wicked break from frocks and shoes.