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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.
169 Hemingford Rd
|Transport:||Tube: Caledonian Road|
|Price:||Brunch for two with drinks and service: around £50.|
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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!)
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.
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