Friends of Ours

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Friends of Ours

Coffee is key at this good-looking, independent, Hoxton café, roasts come from Dark Arts, there’s Moju raw pressed smoothies up for grabs, and an impressive selection of teas from Good & Proper.

There’s a focus on the brunch/ breakfast vibe here, with dishes like salmon pastrami and folded eggs and matcha and cherry brioche French toast if you fancy something sweet. Prices aren’t extortionate and overall there’s a cosy atmosphere, with some token filament lightbulbs to boot. 

 

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Venue name: Friends of Ours
Address: 61 Pitfield St
Hoxton
London
N1 6BU
Transport: Hoxton Overground
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tastemaker

Eggs and avocado have been taken to another level at this popular brunch spot! After a morning flower shopping at Colombia Road flower market, Friends Of Ours was the place to seek a post-crowd jostling refuge (so very London, I know).


The place is small and is certainly popular but after putting our names on the waiting list we were welcomed in and sat within 10 minutes of arrival. The service was efficient but seeing how strapped they were for tables, it did not feel as though we were just another table to feed and fling out.


My avocado was creamy, there was a lot of it and my toasted sourdough didn’t arrive so thick and hard that I was at risk of developing tennis elbow just cutting through the bread. Also, with the addition of a poached egg (obvs), my plate came with a sprinkle of tangy feta, a generous helping of rocket and chilli slices for an extra morning kick – all of this at just £10, which I personally find quite reasonable for London.


My brunch buddies opted for the corn fritters with a poached egg and bacon which, I too, can confirm is marvellous.


Be prepared to squeeze in and share your table but arrive hungry and you will not be disappointed. 

tastemaker

Great food and atmosphere. Servings are a little on the smaller side. It gets busy around midday so pop along earlier if you don't want to queue but it is well worth the wait if you do!

tastemaker

I went for the first time last weekend on a grey Saturday morning and I will definitely be back. I went for the peach stuffed French Toast which was delicious, beautifully presented and perfectly filling. My friend had the corn and courgette fritters (which was my other choice) and she did mention that every time she goes (which is frequently) that they are always different. This time it came with a bit too much salad for a breakfast item in our opinions. The coffee was lovely, better than regular London standards by far.


The service was fantastic and friendly and we didn't have to wait to be seated at all (just before 10am on a Saturday). It did get significantly busier after we were seated though. Even though it was busy we weren't forced out of our table which I appreciated.


Can't wait to go back and have the taco's for breakfast, sounds like the perfect hangover cure to me. 

Tastemaker

Mmmm mmmm. This has been on my list for so long now and I am thrilled I finally got to go. At 1pm on a sunny Saturday it wasn't as busy as I was expecting. We were popped on a waitlist of 10 minutes and sure enough we were seated on their shared benches outside within that time.

The staff are so friendly and when it started to spit with rain, then it started to pour we were quickly sat inside and all our cutlery and drinks etc were brought in in good speed. 

The food!!!! It is certainly the main event. I went for the matcha French toast which was full of a lovely cherry jam and decorated with edible flowers - definitely the best French toast I've had and beautifully presented. My friend went for the smoked ham benedict which she also said was delicious! There is plenty else to choose from on their menu including the fried chicken bao, pork congee and sweet potato & kimchi hash; all of which I am desperate to try - the only trouble (in this case) is they switch up the menu so it may be gone before I get back! The drinks were also fab with a lovely iced latte and a lychee pimms. It is all reasonably priced with friendly service and great food -  I can't wait to go back
Tastemaker

Superb flat white here! I'd recommend on that basis alone. The decor is cute and cozy, and the staff are really cool. Return visit for brunch on the cards.

tastemaker

Although it took me a while to decide between two dishes, I liked that the menu was contained. There was one sweet option and the rest were savoury, which I personally enjoyed. Each savoury dish was unique, with some reflecting traditional brunch dishes but with their own twist to it.


I ordered the Carrot, Corn & Beetroot Fritters. This came in a stack of three with smashed avocado in between each fritter, a single poached egg on top, sprinkled with feta cheese and fresh coriander leaves, and a generous dollop of aubergine kasundi at the bottom of the stack. I was very pleased with this dish and I absolutely loved how pretty it looked. They did a great job at making their dishes look aesthetically pleasing, which I appreciate because they make for brilliant pictures and it makes me more excited to consume it!


The blend of flavours was quite unique. I’ve never had ‘aubergine kasundi’ before, nor am I sure what it is exactly but I do know that it was delicious! It tasted like a spiced aubergine stew packed with spices. This went well with the fritters because they were made from vegetables too and gave it more flavour. The smashed avocado added a great freshness, as did the coriander leaves. I wasn’t a fan of the feta cheese because I felt it didn’t add much to the dish and it was actually tasteless when I tried it on its own. The poached egg was cooked perfectly and the yolk was nice and runny when I cut into it.


The staff were lovely, making sure we were enjoying our experience from beginning to end. I like that they came around during our meal to check that the food was alright and that we were satisfied – it’s always good to check up on your customers! Paying was a breeze, as all we had to go was walk up to the counter when we were ready to leave. As we came on a weekday, it wasn’t too packed so it was easy to have conversations through our group without having to shout over noise.


A great experience overall and I’ll definitely be coming back when they change their menu for the summer season!

tastemaker

Friends of Ours is a lovely and cozy cafe near Old Street. It's the perfect spot for a nice brunch or a coffee with friends. They serve delicious and colorful dishes with unusual twists. My friend and I ordered the carrot, corn and beetroot fritters and the smocked corn and pancetta hash. The 1st dish was very good but the 2nd a bit more disappointing as it was incredibly salty. The salted pancetta would have been enough, no need to add extra cooking salt!

Overall we had a great time but be ready to wait to be seated. The place is quite small and very popular at the weekend. 

tastemaker

I heard beetroot was something in Australia, but I was not expecting to see it that much on the menu.

But it works well; my beetroot juice was really good!


I had along with it the carrot, corn and beetroot fritters (beetroot everywhere!) and it was really nice, going well with the avocado and the chili in the plate.


The only reason I don't give 5 starts is because my friend's dish was extremely salty and she did not enjoy this much.


The place is pretty small and do not take booking so if you want to go, be prepared to wait a bit to be seated!

tastemaker

This a very cute and cozy cafe in East London, which prides itself on the quality of its coffee and the beautiful presentation of its brunch dishes. The staff is also very friendly and helpful. The menu offers some of the usual classics, such as avocado on toast, but with a special touch of pomegranate, adding to the array of colours on your plate. It also offers less common options, such as ricotta hotcakes with flaked almonds, blackberries and pistachio. If the weather is good, you can enjoy your dish of choice or a tasty cup of machiatto on the terrace. Great for a lazy brunch or an afternoon flat white, this place is definitely worth a visit. 



Amazing place! Staff are awesome, coffee is done with care & the brunches can't be beaten!


Amazing coffee, amazing food, brilliant music in the background and absolutely LOVE the staff.


I think this is probably some of the best coffee I have ever had. The food is not bad either.

Tastemaker

Smashing brunch.

1. The options are very creative, far surpassing the usual boring eggs and toast or avo and toast. (Yea there is avo and toast but it comes with smoked beetroot hummus! And feta!)

2. The waitress addressed all my requests, including having the egg fried instead of poached, adding a small helping of the (phenomenal) beetroot hummus as a side at no extra cost and switching out the green drink for a skinny chai latte. All with a smile.

I got this: £9

"SWEETCORN & BEETROOT FRITTERS"

roasted golden beetroot, kasundi, feta, baby mint, poached egg, smashed avocado, coriander (vegetarian) (gluten free)

It is awesome. I was worried these would be crunchy fried but they are more like pan-fried. There are two (or three?) fritters stacked atop each other like a tower, with avo in between. It's actually more filling than I thought it would be.

The chai latte was mediocre but the food more than made up for it. The place gets packed quick and there's no rez system which stinks but we waited only about 5-10 minutes on a queue outside when we arrived about 11:30am this past Saturday.

I also got the lamington and a chocolate chip cookie for takeaway. The cookie in particular, despite being crispy more than chewy (a sin to me), was excellent. It was full of choco chips.


Amazing food, not just any old brunch, this menu is mouthwateringly good and completely unique! They know everything there is to know about coffee as well. Always a buzzy atmosphere and smiles on the staff's faces. Kind of wish I could keep it a secret, but I just can't.


Friendliest staff and best brunch menu in town. Always something new and they take so much pride in what they do. Really reasonably priced given the quality.


Baristas who really care about the taste and look of the coffee they serve - compliments the food well. Creative, tasty brunch dishes with an aussie style. Friendly, honest atmosphere. Artisan and hipster without being wanky!


An incredible place! Beautiful food, great coffee, and warm welcoming staff that I now consider friends of mine :)


I live round the corner and these people make me smile. And not just because the coffee is the best in Shoreditch. They took time to teach me what a bloom is. They grind my beans. They make me smile even after a 15 hour shift on set. And the food is outstanding!


I live round the corner and these people make me smile. And not just because the coffee is the best in Shoreditch. They took time to teach me what a bloom is. They grind my beans. They make me smile even after a 15 hour shift on set. And the food is outstanding!

Tastemakertastemaker

I can't get enough of this place.  I've been back almost every weekend.  What is not to like?

- excellent coffee

 - friendly service

 - fresh juices/smoothies

 - constantly changing menu of deliciousness!


The name itself makes you want to go there and make friends with them all.  This antipodean cafe will not disappoint you, your friends or your instagram followers!

Tastemaker

Friends of Ours is nestled in Hoxton, London.


The name is cute and makes you want to bring all your friends to enjoy a spectacular brunch. The menu is fairly simple, straightforward and the price points are affordable.


2 plates are better than one right. So I opted for the Huevos Motulenos and the Hibiscus flower + yogurt panna cotta with cardamom granola. Both dishes were beautifully presented particularly the Hibiscus flower take on granola, fruit and yogurt; which makes for the perfect instagrammable food shot. So whack out your camera’s and remember “The camera eats first”.


The food was really tasty. I am not too keen on garden peas but that didn’t stop me from thoroughly enjoying the Huevos Motulenos dish. Which also came with smoked ham, fried plantain, spring onion, fried egg, chorizo, chipotle, baby coriander and served on arepa bread. The dreamy Hibiscus flower as pretty as it was too look at. It also served it’s course as being pretty sweet due to the chunks of the rhubarb but aside that it was pleasant to eat. 


So go on fill your boots and visit Friends of Ours today!

Tastemaker

I’ve been meaning to try out this place since they opened - anywhere that encourages you to look at their Instagram snaps to help you order knows a thing or two about food porn - and our brunch tasted just as good as it looked. My sister went for baked chipotle eggs with smashed avocado, sour cream, black beans and black pudding on the side while I opted for a chicken ramen with black tea smoked egg and pickled shiitakes which provided a delightful kick of flavour. Two Ozone flat whites washed it down and service was spot on - Sundays don’t get much better.

Tastemaker

My new favourite spot for brunch. It certainly has an Antipodean touch. The location is nicely within walking distance from Old St or Hoxton Square. The food is delicious and coffee is great. Really can't complain about this place.

Tastemaker

I am quite regular here and I am always happy that I chose to go again every time. It's my favourite local brunch spot and perhaps the best brunch I have had in London so far. The dishes are simply delicious, the coffee is amazing, the juices are great, the interior is simple but nice and the staff is absolutely lovely! Jamie xx was sitting on the opposite table once. :) I love Friends of Ours, definitely try it out when you're in Hackney!!!

Tastemaker

The cafe is snug and was chock-a-block on Sunday for brunch. Despite being so busy, the service remained friendly and warm. The decor is clean, simple and uplifting. They use Ozone coffee here and the flat white I had was strong, velvety and simply perfect. The Breakfast Skillet is exciting and stunning - in looks and in flavour. There was just one small mistake; the first serving of buttermilk fried chicken was still raw in the middle. However, they took it away apologetically and came back with a freshly, thoroughly cooked serving. Well-seasoned crispy batter and silky soft meat: now that's how it should be done. I think I might have just found a new favourite brunch cafe.


Great food, snappy styling and the friendliest staff make this our fave local.


Excellent food, excellent coffee, excellent staff! It's just an excellent place!


Amazing staff, super friendly. Hidden gem with the BEST breakfast I've had in London.


I am a regular here and this place never disappoints, there is a weekly menu with the most amazing food to choose from.
Great atmosphere with the friendliest and most helpful staff. Can not recommend enough!!