In my first year living in London, before America happened Sherin and I had an absolutely amazing girl date one afternoon. We started our Sunday brunching in Notting Hill, doing Portobello Road Market. We took the bus and had cupcakes at The Primrose Bakery in Primrose Hill and walked back to the tube station though Regents Park. Our original Sunday brunch plan last month was to try out a place in Hoxton and then head to Columbia Road Flower Market, but as the Overground was not running that weekend we decided to divert to King's Cross. But then we had no idea what to do with the rest of our day, so the idea came up to do the whole thing again, this time walking through Regents Park, which is simply beautiful in Autumn to The Primrose Bakery, then back down Marylebone High Street where I found a copy of Mastering The Art Of French Cooking in Oxfam for £3, and then ending up in the Selfridges Christmas Shop. But this post is really about our amazing brunch that sustained us. For more pictures of our lazy Sunday, you can head over to my Instagram feed!
Caravan is just a few minutes walk from the station, and right next to Central St. Martins. Brunch was absolutely fantastic, and with the decor, food, juice (more on that in a moment) and atmosphere, I think Caravan is the closest you'll get in London to having a Los Angeles brunch experience. It was very reminiscent for me of The Tasting Kitchen, except, well, no where is as awesome as The Tasting Kitchen for brunch!
When you've been out in Covent Garden the night before, maybe with the exception of a full English and Bloody Mary's at Recipease, I think the best cure all has to be Sumac and perfectly poached eggs. I opted for this Middle Fasten dish that I can't help but think was in part inspired by Yotam Ottolenghi of Poached Eggs, Aubergine Puree, Yogurt, Sumac, Parsley and toasted Sourdough. I could have eaten this for ever, it was that good. I need a recipe for the Aubergine Puree urgently so I can make it for breakfast weekly.
So the juices. While I was tempted by my usual brunch go to of a Bloody or Virgin Mary depending on my mood, I got sidetracked by the fresh juices. One thing about living in Los Angeles I've desperately been missing is all of the cities incredible Pressed Juices from places such as the Pressed Juicery, Blueprint Cleanse and Local 1205. Caravan's offering of Watermelon, Apple and Mint Juice sounded very close to one of my Pressed and Local 1205 favourites, so I decided to go for it. Honestly, while it was not real cold pressed juice (someone needs to bring this to London the way we have it in LA, stat) it was the closest I've had this side of the Atlantic. Delicious, refreshing and something I'd totally recommend. Sherin's fresh orange juice was also delicious.
We fancied something fruity, aside from our juices so we shared a delicious fresh seasonal bowl of strawberries, apples and pairs topped with goji berries and sunflower seeds. The seeds made me happy as my Graze box had not arrived that week. I need my sunflower seed fix.
Back tracking a bit, while we waited for our breakfasts to arrive we shared a pastry from the bake table. Just because, how could we not? We went for a slice of this divine looking tart you can see below, which was a Blackcurrent and Frangipane Tart. It was divine and I feel I ought to stop by for pastry more often.
The courtyard outside Caravan and in front of Central Saint Martins has some very, very fun water features to either watch, or play in depending on the weather. There is also another restaurant called Grain Store next door. Has anyone eaten there? The menu looks quite unique, I'd love to hear peoples thoughts.