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Sunday

Restaurants, Cafés Barnsbury
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Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

A cosy café on a residential street in Barnsbury.

Sunday, a cosy café in Barnsbury, may just be the epitome of ‘brunch’: there are perfectly executed flat whites, wordy breakfast dishes, freelancers on laptops and friendly, beanie-wearing staff. On a quiet, residential street off Caledonian Road, it’s decked out with flowers and rustic wooden tables. Sit at the counter table by the front window for coffee with the ultimate London view: a row of pristine black-and-white houses directly opposite, some of which come adorned with blue plaques.

Among the brunch menu classics (extravagant smashed avo, pancakes with dessert-for-breakfast toppings), there were a few more interesting dishes. A smoked haddock rarebit with two poached eggs and a simple tomato, parmesan and cress salad was salty, fishy, crunchy and cheesy: exactly what you want for breakfast if you’ve had a few drinks the night before. Then a stew-like pumpkin, coconut and red lentil curry with a rolled-up cigar of naan artfully placed on top was warming and delicious. Every poached egg I saw and ate was perfect, so you can confidently order one of these with nothing more than a bit of sourdough.

Only a salt beef hash – more of a salad than the fried, carby meal it should be – and the forgettable Aussie-style cakes on the counter (lamington cake and banana bread), proved below par. But Sunday is a without doubt a lovely spot. Servings are generous, the vibe is great, and there’s a lovely outdoor garden for drinks in the summer. The only thing to be wary of are the queues on the weekends.

By: Kelly Pigram

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Address: 169 Hemingford Rd
London
N1 1DA
Transport: Tube: Caledonian Road
Price: Brunch for two with drinks and service: around £50.
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5 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4.9 / 5

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tastemaker

This is one of my favourite places for brunch. Yes there will be a line. Yes it is worth waiting for! Great selection of dishes for brunch and great coffee. Get there early or go for a late brunch to get in a little quicker. If you have to wait, order a drink in the line and peruse the mouthwatering menu!

tastemaker

On the weekend there will be a line, you will wonder if it is 'worth it', the food will arrive and you'll want to do it again next week. No bookings are taken on the weekend, arrive slightly later than typical for 'brunch' and the line may be marginally faster. You can order a coffee while you wait (the flat whites are good). Sunday (amazing brunches all week long) are very popular and it is well deserved. The food, coffee and service are all very good.  Great GF, DF and vegetarian options (the staff are very helpful and ensured they discussed the menu with the chef before taking orders.) You will not be disappointed.

Tastemaker

Absolutely delicious brunch - one of my faves in London. A brilliant and varied menu, good coffee, mouth-watering food. Be prepared to queue at weekends though - it gets very busy and they don't take bookings.

tastemaker

Pancake Love! My first trip to Sunday for probably one of the best brunches I have had (big words). Of course there was the obligatory queue but it is worth it, I probably waited for half an hour, which when talking with friends goes faster than you think, the restaurant is also quite small and intimate. If you don't want to queue you can go during the week (and book a table during the week too, not something you can do on the weekends). 

Serving your usual brunch and breakfast items along with a few twists, such as buttermilk pancakes topped with bacon, berry compote and honeycomb butter along with maple syrup, which I can confirm was dreamy. My friend opted for the brioche french toast, creme fraiche, banana and salted caramel, like pudding for breakfast! Finishing feeling stuffed we couldn't help but drool over our neighbouring tables courgette fritters with avocado and poached eggs. Definitely add this place to your bucket list!

tastemaker

This place is sensational. I've been here a few times and each time you’re guaranteed the following: delicious food, incredible coffee, fabulous service and a queue a mile long! OK. Not a mile long but if you want to avoid a wait, avoid the weekends; or at least any time after 10. Now that’s out of the way, the food. Let’s talk about this for a minute. If I were Maria in the Sound of Music and singing about my favourite things, every item on the Sunday menu would be on it: Buttermilk pancakes, courgette fritters, fried chicken… the list goes on. They also do the simple things beautifully: eggs on toast, bacon and egg sandwich and granola…all delicious. The coffee is outstanding and the sweet treats are also absurdly tasty. One thing to note - the place isn’t huge and the tables are quite close so don’t bring a huge bag unless you want to be one of ‘those’ people who swing it around with reckless abandonment without a care for other diners.You really do need to get yourself to Sunday, but maybe on a Tuesday. 


The food is Sunday was insanely good but with no reservations you will have to queue, especially on a nice day. When I went it was certainly worth it but be prepared for a 30min standing wait if necessary!


Food is amazing, always. Staff could and should always be much brighter and smilier, but a few are just lovely.


Well worth the hour queue to be seated! Fantastic food time and time again and the pancakes are incredible!!!


So, I've wrote in other reviews that brunch is my thing and that I have a handful of regular spots. Sunday in North London is one of those great love affairs. I try to go here at least once a week because the selection of cakes and brunch options are unique and every bite delicious. If I go on an empty stomach I always order the courgette fritters (left plate in the photo) which are actually more like courgette wedges breaded and cooked to perfection. They are assembled like a log cabin with a poached egg in the centre, a salted avocado to one side, two slices of grilled halloumi, all on a delicious bed of tzatziki-like yogurt and topped with dukkah, parmesan, and rocket. It's basically everything that's wonderful, beautifully presented, and seasoned to perfection on a plate. It's amazeballs! Go there and try it! But everything is good. The pancakes taste like donuts and are memorably different than any others in town.


P.S. I would also recommend the caramel slice but it's quite rich so it's nicer to share. The berries and creme fraiche are a must as they cut the richness of the caramel and add a bit of tang.


P.S.S. The coffee is great here too! 


P.S.S.S. The queue is ridiculous on weekends so go on a weekday or get there when it opens on weekends (HOT TIP!)

Tastemaker

Oh my word this place is good.The food really does speak for itself, just check out those pancakes!!It’s a small little place on an unassuming street and what I love most is the quirky menu, thank you Sunday for trusting the public with less obvious brunch dishes - I for one seek them out!!I’d say the tip is to visit in the “late lunch” time slot – the weekend, mid-morning will see you queuing. 

 

Tastemaker

Take me where it is always Sunday! Yes it's one of those that could be called hipster places that you have to queue for an hour but that's not because it's trendy but because it has some pretty damn amazing super-huge value-for-money brunch dishes! Whether you prefer it sweet or savory there is something for every taste! Plus the place is super cute and the neighborhood is truly beautiful and quiet, I almost didn't realise that Upper Street is so close until I walked my way back home after the delicious meal. If the weather is warm enough there are some tables to enjoy the sunshine. We went late afternoon on a Sunday so we had to queue for almost an hour but it wasn't unpleasant at all. I went for the sweet French toast and the combination of the banana, creme fraiche, caramel and berries was to die for! Every dish we had was amazing and the rest on other tables looked wonderful as well! If you like good brunch then you'll love Sunday. Highly recommended, be patient, don't eat before (let alone after!!!) and enjoy!

Tastemaker

With Upper Street close by, it's often hard to remember that there are indeed other places to eat for brunch apart from Ottolenghi etc in the Islington area! Sunday is easily as good as if not better than many places on Upper Street, and well worth making the detour to if you don't live nearby! 


We arrived at 10.30 and just missed out on the last 2 seats, and waited for another 10 or so until a small table came up free. The service is friendly and attentive, and the menu looks absolutely delicious! I opted for the French Toast which has cropped up on my instagram a few times now, and my girlfriend went for the chorizo beef hash. 


The French Toast (£9) was arguably perfect, it's balanced great with a salted caramel sauce and a tangy berry compote - and despite the sheer size of the dish it was all too easy to eat the whole thing! The savoury dishes looked just as amazing, with the corned beef hash (£10.50) being full of flavour, and the other dishes which people bought looking amazing (especially the kiln smoked salmon!). 


Highlights: Perfect brunch food, large portions and great value. One of the best brunch places in Islington! The French Toast is picture perfect! 

Negatives: Be prepared to wait, the restaurant is fairly small and can't seat many people, so get there early! 

Tastemaker

Even though I live pretty much next door to Sunday, it never crosses my mind to go there. Why? It's so popular on the weekends that you need to be ready to queue for at least half an hour for a table. But who knew, it's worth the wait. The fluffy American pancakes with syrup, bacon and berries is to die for. And then to come back to the living and then eat them again and die again. Flush down with their signature Bloody Sunday. Done.


In two years by far the best brunch place I've found in London. Queues on a Sunday morning average 45 mins - 1 hr but it's worth every second of the wait. Whilst everything I've tried there has been 10/10. Their pancakes are quite literally the best I've ever had. You won't regret it.


One of the best breakfast spots in London, this little hideaway always has a line spilling out the door. Breakfast items such as pancakes with honeycomb butter, berries and bacon, through to insanely delicious Huevos Rancheros. There is no better spot to satisfy a brunch urge than this hidden gem.

Tastemaker

There’s always a queue at Sunday, and for good reason. We grabbed a spot in the sunshine and tucked into three bloody Mary’s, Americanos and the breakfasts of dreams. Mine? Corn fritters, kiln smoked salmon, avocado, tomato and creme fraiche. A friend’s buttermilk pancakes with blueberries, bacon, honeycomb butter and maple syrup looked equally devourable. I wish this was my local so I could duck in whenever a table was free.

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