Cafe Diaries: July Brunch Roundup

My original plan for the Cafe Diaries would be a weekly series where I cover a the cafes I visited the week prior… clearly I had procrastinated with this task and so ended up with a long list of cafes that I did visit (you might have seen on Instagram) yet have not written about. 

July was the month when we saw a lot of re-openings following the new government guidelines. Restaurants also started to flood onto the streets (as in outdoor dining) – thankfully the weather had been generous enough to allow us to dine al-fresco on most days.

Here are some of the brunches that I have enjoyed very much this past month and I hope this can inspire you to get out to the new world! (With masks on.)

Ozone Coffee Roasters

When it comes to coffee and brunch there is no doubt that the Aussies do it best. I was over the moon when Ozone re-opened for dining, and I made a booking for an 8am visit that very same week.

Their bubble ‘n’ squeak eggs benedict is far from any old eggs benedict – it’s that delicious bubble ‘n’ squeak (fried patty of mashed potatoes with vegetables) that makes this such a unique and hearty dish.

I have also found my must-order item: the Lamington. This classic Aussie treat is a cube of airy sponge cake with jam in the middle that is perfect with a cup of coffee. And do ask for whipped cream on the side for extra indulgence!

 

Ozone Coffee Roasters (Old Street)
11 Leonard St, Old Street, London EC2A 4AQ
Menu and reservations

 
TAB X TAB

TAB X TAB is unlike any cafe I have been in London. It’s sleek, it’s minimalistic, and one of the few places that puts so much attention to detail to their food all the way to the plates underneath, yet also manages to make it a approachable, relaxing space.

I have been here a few times in the past and have always enjoyed my time there. The food menu is incredible: they have these pancakes adorned with seasonal fruits that are vegan and gluten free, and so fluffy that you would not have suspected so, and my latest discovery are their delicious house made granola that I can totally snack on as nut brittle. Even the pastries and cakes on the counter are house made and delectable – I love their carrot cake!

TAB X TAB
Westbourne House, 14-16 Westbourne Grove, London W2 5RH
https://tabxtab.com/

 
Morty & Bob’s

Grilled cheese.

I could have ended this section there but they do more than a very good grilled cheese. Morty & Bob’s is known for their grilled cheese – I believe they used to be a truck then moved to a grungy spot in East London before becoming a resident in Coal Drops Yard, this new, very fashionable area in King’s Cross.

The brunch menu is a dream for anyone who fancies a hearty weekend brunch, or rejuvenating after a morning workout session. Their grilled cheese is indulgent (duh), and I was surprised at how they made their mushrooms on toast equally appealing with a flavourful rocket & hazelnut pesto. 

Morty & Bob’s
49 Coal Drops Yard, London N1C 4DQ
https://www.mortyandbobs.com/

 
Eggbreak at Albie

On the topic of hearty brunches, Eggbreak would be a familiar name to most brunchers out there – the popular institute based in Notting Hill with a menu full of egg-based dishes.

Eggbreak has now taken over Albie, the ground floor restaurant at The Hoxton Southwark. You will find some of the classic Eggbreak dishes here, like the Sweet Potato Rosti (I had this at the actual Eggbreak months back and it was like a holiday for the tastebuds) and the Spicy Piggy Bun. 

The Eggbreak menu is available everyday from 8am to 3pm and if you decide to hang around, the takeover switches over to Pecking Order (fried chicken) and Tandoor Chop House. 

Eggbreak at Albie
The Hoxton, 40 Blackfriars Road, London SE1 8NY
https://albielondon.com/

 
Granger & Co.

I have lost count of the number of good Aussie brunch spots – Granger & Co. should be no stranger to you as their weekend queues stretch longer than any of their (non-Aussie) neighbours. Originated in Sydney, Granger & Co. (also known as Bill’s in other countries), serve breakfast all the way through to dinner at their 4 locations in London.

Their signature and most well known dish is the ricotta hotcakes: 3 thick, fluffy pancakes with a banana and a knob of honeycomb butter. Other than that their menu is mostly of simple, healthy and lighter dishes. 

Their menus are similar across their locations but my favourite one has got to be King’s Cross, which just re-opened a few days ago. I went for my usual order of the ricotta hotcakes, and also their chia seed pot with mango which I enjoyed, surprisingly.

(Also they are still operating on a walk-in only basis.)

Granger & Co.
Various locations
https://grangerandco.com/

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