What better way to celebrate Easter than with a late morning brunch?
We know, we know…it’s a tough job, but someone has to do it…we’ve gone and tested all of the most recommended brunches in London in order to put together the ultimate top 5. So here you are – and all but Brickwood Cafe (we’re working on it!) are listed on the Eat Safe App, so you can see exactly what you’re able to eat before you go.
- Most Original – MOMMI, Clapham
If you haven’t heard of Mommi yet, you must be living under a rock…but you’re also in for a huge treat. 100% gluten free, their Peruvian/Japanese menu is served in a warm, art-deco style, colourful dining room by staff who have the friendliest vibes. They are our number 1 brunch as they really innovate with their menu…we went with friends and tried a bit of everything, but would particularly recommend the Baked Pachamama Ham & Eggs…and the Choc Chip Brownie for dessert was literally the best thing ever. Do it.
We just couldn’t choose between these guys. If you’re a hardcore vegan and feeling naughty, Haunt has teamed up with vegan junk food gods, Biff’s Jack Shack – try the Pancake Stack, made with buckwheat and totally decadent. If you’re more of a healthy brunch kind of vegan, try Station 26 in Brixton – their menu is entirely gluten free and the vegan option is fresh and delicious.
3. Best Down and Dirty – Brickwood Cafe, Tooting
Brickwood Cafes aren’t just in Tooting, they have 4 branches over South London. There are some fantastic options for vegetarians that can also be made vegan, such as the ‘Kumara’ – sweet potato & feta with poached egg, kale pesto & pumpkin seeds on toast, or ‘Native Mushrooms’ – pan fried mushrooms, spinach & pine nuts with poached egg & torn ricotta on toast. And about that toast… they have fantastic gluten free bread, sourced from Rana’s Bakery, for us gluten challenged folks.
For the meat eaters among us, go for the ‘The Butcher’, picture here below by Gluten Free Alice – poached or scrambled eggs, maple bacon, herbed sausage, roasted tomato, mushrooms & hash nuggets. Yup…HASH NUGGETS. Not for one who is watching their diet, but hey… it’s brunch.
4. Best Classic Brunch – Niche Gluten Free Dining, Angel
Niche is another entirely gluten free restaurant (could you tell by the name…?) that should simply appeal to everyone, gluten free or not, because of the high standard of the food. Like Nama, their clean interior is perfect for a brunch, and their reputation precedes itself amongst the gluten free community – and I personally can never resist a perfect Eggs Benedict. In case you hadn’t heard, they’ve also just developed a special low FODMAP menu too. These guys are ahead of the curve in every way.
5. Most Inclusive – Pure Nest Cafe, Muswell Hill
Pure Nest Cafe is a hidden gem in North London, where the majority of the menu is free of all 14 allergens. Josie, the owner, is a Naturopathic Nutritional Therapist and makes the delicious homemade food on the premises everyday. Their menu is small but perfectly formed…if you’re after something sweet for your brunch, try the Pumpkin Waffle – free of all 14 allergens, and vegan, and entirely delicious.
Just remember though – these are just our top 5 in the entirety of London – there are so many more fantastic brunches out there! Shoot us a message if you want some recommendations for your allergens near you, or tips for great vegan/veggie spots. And of course, if you download the Eat Safe app, you can explore these menus and more to find your perfect meal.
Now. We’re off to research the best free-from treats in London…sigh….
Happy Easter All!
Lots of love,
The Eat Safe Team