Hotel Molitor Paris – Paris, France

For the last day of Sandra’s hen do we went to the Hotel Molitor Paris for a Detox Yoga Class and then enjoyed the hammam (steam room) and spa with all the Clarin’s products.

After the yoga, steam and getting ready, we went up to the roof terrace for some lunch. The views of the pool and around the hotel were so picturesque – I felt like I was in a film!

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View of the pool from the rooftop
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On the roof terrace
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The Burger
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The sausages
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The tuna steak
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The steak

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I food was simple but good quality and fresh. We all ordered something from the grill/ BBQ. I had a steak which was delicious!

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http://www.sofitel.com/gb/hotel-7326-hotel-molitor-paris-mgallery-by-sofitel/index.shtml

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Fink’s Salt and Sweet – Highbury, London

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I know I have written about Fink’s previously, but I only wrote about brunch there. Plus it is such a gorgeous little independent cafe that does such simple fresh foods and I just love it in the sunny weather as it is on such a pretty little street tucked away from the busy roads. It is also great in the winter if you are looking for a great place for a good slice of cake and a coffee in a cozy, homely vibe.

We recently came on a sunny day and sat outside with our salad and sandwich just taking in the weather and taking our time to enjoy our freshly made food.

If you haven’t been before – then do go.

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Salad and Sandwich for lunch
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Gorgeous mozzarella salad
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Fresh toasted sandwich in the sun

 

http://finks.co.uk/

Petitbo – Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona is one of my favourite cities in Europe. I love the quirkiness, the independent restaurants and cafes, the artsy vibe, the liveliness, the food, the sun, the drinks, the markets – just everything.

Renata and I went for a weekend away recently and we went for breakfast at Petitbo. It is a very cool-speakeasy-warehouse-type vibe with its mismatched chairs and comfy couches in the corner.

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We started off with some coffee and breakfast. I went for the scrambled eggs with jamon (the intensely flavoured Spanish ham) which came with homemade sourdough bread and Renata went for the porridge. The food was perfect and what a great way to start our first day in Barcelona. We finished the meal with fresh juices that we took away with us.

Good food, good drinks, chilled out vibe. If you are looking for a breakfast spot in Barcelona – I’d definitely recommend this one.

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Le Peche Mignon – Highbury, London

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On a quiet residential street named Ronalds Road in Highbury, on a quiet little corner, there is a little cafe called Le Peche Mignon.

Last year (yes I am a little late on this post) Renata and I were feeling a bit peckish after a Sunday morning pedicure so we wondered over to Le Peche Mignon for a wonderfully French brunch.

I ordered the Eggs Royale (£7.50) and Renata ordered the Croque Madame (£6.50).

Mine was divine! The muffin was fluffy and chewy at the same time, they weren’t stingy with the smoked salmon, the spinach was wilted to perfection and wow when those poached eggs were cut through, the yolk poured all over the salmon and muffin and married well with the beautiful yellow hollandaise sauce. What an absolute treat!

Renata said the Croque Madame was the best that she has ever tasted as well. And their coffee is pretty fabulous too!

Definitely worth popping into if you are in the area!

http://lepechemignon.co.uk/

 

Bad Egg – Moorgate, London

You know how much I love a brunch. I mean, who doesn’t? It means you have time for a lie in, a gym session AND you are still in time to get the glorious breakfast foods that you wouldn’t have the time to eat during the weekdays.

For Astrid’s birthday this year we went to the famous Bad Egg for a boozy Saturday brunch. I was so excited as I have been meaning to go here for ages. For £35 you get 3 different dishes PLUS bottomless drinks for 2 hours! Please tell me how that doesn’t sound appealing.20160312_151513

20160312_151524Our server was absolutely hilarious. He was loud and funny and we just thought the service was fabulous because of him.

I started off with a Bloody Mary (which was AMAZING!) and continued on the meal with the house prosecco on the bottomless menu which was actually quite nice. I was very happy with the drink situation – absolutely worth the bottomless brunch choice.

On the menu you are able to choose 3 different plates. I chose the buffalo rib tips (served with spicy Buffalo sauce & blue cheese mayo),  pulled pork, beans & kimchi on toast (slow cooked pork, baked beans & kimchi on sourdough toast), and the pancake with bacon and maple syrup.

The kimchi pulled pork with beans on toast was sensational – not just to look at – but also all the different flavours went very well together. I recommend this one definitely.

The buffalo rip tips weren’t but favourite but I didn’t dislike them. They were just a tad bit over cooked so they were a bit hard and I couldn’t really taste the meat but they were also a tad bit too saucy, in a overbearingly salty and sour way that made my eyeballs twitch just a tad. If you enjoy an eyeball twitch – this is the thing to order. Otherwise – don’t.

Then last but not least, they put down the plate of what seemed to be a mini crepe (not the fluffy buttermilk pancake I had imagined) that had unfortunately died a tragic death by drowning in a sea of maple syrup (RIP) with two bacon rashers to cover up the awful murder scene, and my face dropped. And no, unfortunately it didn’t taste any better than it looked. Just don’t order it if you go.

The mac and cheese balls and the hash that my friends had ordered looked great and also were raved about highly – So I’d probably try these next time.20160312_151014Overall it was a really fun meal out and a great atmosphere. A fabulous place for a brunch with a group of friends, as long as you don’t take the food too seriously.

 

http://badegg.london/

http://badegg.london/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/BAD-EGG-Bottomless-Brunch-Menu-October.pdf

Cinnamon Village – Highbury, London

There are a couple of Cinnamon Village restaurants dotted around North London and they always look quite good for brunch. There is one specifically on Blackstock Road, attached to a creperie, which is painted a pastel turquoise candy colour with picnic benches outside and it just looks so cute and inviting. We decided to check this place out for brunch one Sunday before we headed to the gym for a casual spa session.
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Jack had a Full English breakfast which usually when you order an Full English, the plate feels overwhelmingly full, but this plate felt a bit like something was missing. It could have been the presentation or maybe they could have put the toast on the plate or added an egg, a sausage and a hash brown or something. It was just very average and looked like something that if I was lazy at home and that was all I had left in my fridge, I would have made myself.

On the other hand, I was so excited to find out that it was a Turkish family owned restaurant and that they served Menemen! This was my favourite dish when I went to Istanbul recently. It is a scrambled egg dish but cooked with spices, tomatoes and mixed peppers – sometimes they add some Turkish cheese and spinach as well.

I ordered the Classic Menemen which is cooked with spices, tomatoes and mixed peppers and it was delicious! I was so pleased. It came with a basket of Turkish bread to dip into it but to be honest I was really happy with just the Menemen on it’s own. It was full of flavour but not too strong tasting to be the first thing to eat in the morning.

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It was well priced and they made a great coffee and do fresh juices and smoothies. I wouldn’t go for an English Breakfast, but definitely do go for their amazing Menemen.

Mission E2 – Paradise Row, Bethnal Green, London

IMG-20150809-WA0004I love the vibe at Paradise Row in Bethnal Green. This little street looks like it used to be all warehouses and now holds some great restaurants and craft drinking spots.

Astrid, Renata and I decided to have brunch at Mission E2 one Sunday before we headed off to Colombia Flower Market.

The first thing you will notice is the interior decor. I love it! It is very 1920s and chic, but the weather was warm and sunny (a rarity in London) so obviously we had to sit outside and take it all in. The next thing you will notice is the service. It is fabulous! The waiters and waitresses seem passionate about their food and they give some great advice about what to order.
20150809_140651I think I could have literally eaten anything on the menu – it all sounded so good.

We ended up deciding on the buttermilk pancakes with bacon and maple syrup, the scrambled eggs on toast with chorizo and the avocado and poached eggs.

My favourite was definitely the pancakes and I am not usually one for sweet food, let alone pancakes, but they were phenomenal. They were fluffy but still quite dense and filling and you could really taste the buttermilk which was delicious. The bacon, maple syrup and pancakes married up really well together because it was nice to have some savoury in the mixture.20150809_140700The scrambled egg was so soft and creamy and the chorizo gave it a little kick which worked well. 

The avocado was in its skin, which was great for presentation but I think it could have had more flavour and been easier to eat if maybe the avocado was mushed with some chili, salt and pepper, then put back into the skin. It just felt a little bit like it wasn’t finished, or that it was missing something, but was still tasty all the same.20150809_140920 We ordered some toast, seville orange marmalade and rhubard jam to nibble on and some spring greens with chili and garlic on the side.

The bread for the toast was a seeded sourdough (my absolute favourite) and the jams tasted homemade and were gorgeous. The greens were stir fried with garlic and chili but were not overwhelming with garlicky flavours and still had a fresh crunch to them.20150809_140654

20150809_140934Overall the food, the service and the place were all exceptional. Great brunch menu as well. I definitely recommend a try!
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http://www.missione2.com/