Catching up with friends and family over brunch and one too many Bloody Marys is always a weekend highlight. London's restaurant scene is constantly changing, so I try to explore as many new places as I can during my weekends. So when Andaz Liverpool Street's new Eastway brunch debuted, I hopped on my Brompton bike and cycled east to mingle with East London's hipsters and try out the latest brunch in town.
Eastway is an East End brasserie inside the Andaz Liverpool Street hotel, which is a stone's throw from Liverpool Street station. I've told you before about this fab hotel during a previous weekend visit to East London. When I first walked in to the new Eastway brunch I couldn't help but gravitate towards the most glorious Bloody Mary Bar I have ever seen. Behold!
Chris really knows how to create a sensational Bloody Mary like you've never tasted before. I would typically steer clear of Jack Daniels BBQ sauce, bacon, rosemary and onions in my Bloody Mary, but as I soon learned, if your drink is being concocted by Chris, then you are in very good hands. As the sign on the counter suggested, this Bloody Mary truly did spice up my life!
With a showstopper Bloody Mary in hand to kick start brunch, we read through the newspaper styled Eastway brunch menu trying to decipher what to try from the tantalising selection. The menu cleverly offers something for everyone from traditional breakfast classics to more innovative dishes.
We sampled one of Eastway's signature brunch dishes, the Love it Or 'Ate It' Chicken (£15), a Marmite glazed confit chicken leg with tomatoes and a side of spiced rosemary and bacon waffles. I'm not usually wild for Marmite, but this I had to try.
Wing and waffles - it's what's for breakfast!
You can't come to this area of London and not try Eggs on Brick Lane (£12), a finger licking combination of mild curried potatoes on a dosa pancake with poached eggs and smoked tomato chutney. This delicious dish cleverly pays tribute to the popular Brick Lane curry houses. I never realised how well Indian spices compliment eggs before.
Last but not least, we also tried Eggs Sanchez (£12), which consists of two perfectly poached eggs with chorizo, rocket and guacamole served on top an English muffin with hollandaise sauce. In case you haven't tried this combo before, guacamole and hollandaise sauce paired together is to die for - I'm embarrassed to admit this plate was spotless minutes later!
As we sipped our post brunch coffee and discussed the longer cycle route home we would need after such a caloric brunch, ta da, the most gorgeously presented selection of Petits Fours (£5) arrived. They were almost too pretty to eat... almost!
I have no idea how the chef managed to create the miniature iced banoffee pie with banana fritters, but it is like no other pudding I have ever tasted. Further reason to come back again for more! You don't have to bike home afterwards, but after such a fabulous brunch we barely noticed the miles drifting home on cloud nine.
For a crowd pleasing brunch that won't disappoint, I couldn't recommend Eastway more highly. The food is delicious, the Bloody Mary bar is off the charts, the staff are delightful and the prices are competitive for London. I will definitely be back for more.
The new Eastway brunch is available Saturday and Sunday from 10AM - 4pm. Go on then, let Eastway's new brunch spice up your life, East's Way!