The Brunch Bunch
Our chef Roberto Manconi is big on brunch, which is why we came to the conclusion that a long lazy Sunday brunch, served all day from 11.30am – 3pm, is a great idea. People have time to walk the dog, have a lie in, allow the hangover to ease, or just take it at a leisurely pace, before bringing family and friends to No.15. It’s very much open to overnight guests and visitors alike – the more the merrier! – and eating a lot and having a great time is actively encouraged.
Sunday Brunch is served in Cafe 15, our super-cool subterranean restaurant space that’s full of intriguing things to look at from hand-blown glass chandeliers and lamp shades to a wall of whisks, and a chemist’s shop unit rescued from the depths of Wales, filled with gorgeous old apothecary bottles and medical tinctures and potions from eras gone by.
You can expect an indulgent affair; we’re serving three courses for £25, or add prosecco, Bloody or Virgin Mary, house red and white wines at whim, for a more relaxed convivial experience, for just £37 per person.
For starters you’re encouraged help yourself from the platters on the bar, where you’ll find the likes of slices of chicken and leek terrine, smoked salmon with accompaniments of caper berries, capers, gherkins and wedges of lemon and a simple cobb salad lifted with flavour-packed oven-dried tomatoes and a cool, silky blue cheese dressing. There might be a baby gem salad with feta, new potatoes and pink grapefruit for that extra zing, and you’ll definitely see platters of seasonal fruits, Italian meats – think mortadella, salami and parma ham – cheeses, sliced sourdough and plenty of pastries. If you’re still feeling peckish after the first sitting, you can, by all means, go up and get some more.
To drink, you can go down the tea and coffee route, but to do that would be missing out on Marcello’s Bloody Mary, which comes with lemon, celery, and celery foam – not one for the feint-hearted, it’s pleasingly spicy and packs a punch. You can of course stick to fizz in the form of Prosecco, or test the full array of drinks, with our house red and white wines too. Once you’re finished your drink, a member of the team miraculously pops up at the table to top you up.
Mains cover all the bases, from the classic Full English to smoked haddock, poached egg, spinach and lemon oil; eggs Benedict/Florentine/Royale; croque madame and buttermilk pancakes with smoked streaky bacon and maple syrup. The minute steak – sliced and perfectly pink, topped with a fried egg and served with skinny fries, mushrooms and tomato – is perfect Sunday fare, while those in the market for something different should definitely try the Chakchouka. It’s a North African dish of eggs poached in a gently-spiced sauce of tomatoes and peppers, finished with yoghurt and guacamole, which is both comforting and super moreish.
Desserts takes their cue from nostalgic classics, so you might see an ice-cream sundae, classic baked American cheesecake with poached fruits and ice-cream, an Eton Mess made with with seasonal fruits, or, something a little more refined such as a vanilla panna cotta on the menu. Currently served with sweet Cheddar strawberries, a few leaves of basil – it’s Dan’s current favourite culinary combo! – and homemade honeycomb for crunch, it’s a real winner.
All that’s left to say is, let’s eat! So if we’ve helped you work up an appetite, you can simply click here to book…