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Restaurants, Cafés Barnsbury
4 out of 5 stars
best breakfasts in london, sunday

Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

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Please note, Sunday has temporarily closed for building works. It is set to reopen by Spring 2020. Please check the restaurant's Instagram page for up to date information. Time Out Food editors, JANUARY 2020. 

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



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