One of the greatest joys in life is rolling out of bed after a luxurious sleep-in on the weekend and making your way to brunch.
There are literally thousands of brunch options in London but that certainly doesn’t mean there are literally thousands of good options.
The food needs to be delicious, the ambiance needs to be relaxed, the service needs to be attentive but not overwhelming and – of course – the price needs to be right. And if they take reservations? You’ve found the brunch unicorn!
Welcome to the Ivy Soho Brasserie.
Found tucked away in a quiet corner of Soho this delightful little brunch stop boasts gorgeous art deco décor, a live DJ, spacious dining arrangements (I’ve never seen such privacy and just general room around each table at a restaurant in London!) and a brunch menu that will get your mouth watering in no time.
But the best part of the menu is a lovely little card you complete and pass to your waiter or waitress. The waffle menu!
I opted for the delicious combination of a vanilla waffle topped with chocolate ice cream, strawberries, chocolate sauce and chocolate flakes. (Don’t ever let anyone tell you there’s such a thing as too much chocolate!)
G went for the Eggs Royale and (tasty) chips.
We had ordered the Truffle Arancini (fried Arborio rice balls with truffle and parmesan) to start but they ended up coming after the mains so we enjoyed them in between bites of breakfast. There is no wrong way to do lunch – you do you! (No pictures, unfortunately. We ate them too fast!)
For dessert we opted to split the Apple Tart Fine – a baked apple tart with vanilla ice cream and Calvados flambé which they set alight at the table.
Thoroughly stuffed we sat and chatted, watching the world wander by through the window. When it finally came time to leave we bundled up and headed out – past the gorgeous flower boxes full of hydrangeas – towards Regent Street, the Ivy Soho Brasserie already a firm brunch favourite and a restaurant we’ll be visiting again very soon.
Find all their details here. In a city where it’s notoriously impossible to book in for brunch the Ivy Soho Brasserie should definitely be on your radar!