Bistrotheque – Cambridge Heath, London

One of my all time favourite Sunday Brunch and Steak Tartare restaurants is Bistrotheque in Cambridge Health. It is a hidden away gem in a quiet street of housing, no signs outside and you just walk in and upstairs into a bright and sunny dining room, with large bouquets of flowers, a pianist on a grand piano, cocktail making at the bar and good buzz in the air.

I always get the same thing when I go: a Steak Tartare main (which is mixed with herbs, sauces, capers, etc already, then put neatly on the plate with an egg yolk balancing on the top, and comes with chips and a gem lettuce salad) and a Bloody Mary (which are also really good here).

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Oysters
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The gorgeous steak tartare
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The steak tartare
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The gem leaf salad
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Casual brunch time photo
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Bloody Mary
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Pianist

Great vibe, great food, great service, great Bloody Mary – all very important elements to a Sunday Brunch.

http://www.bistrotheque.com/

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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/

 

Bistrot Bruno Loubet – At the Zetter Hotel, Farringdon, London

Midday one Saturday, Renata and I had a catch up brunch at Bistrot Bruno Loubet in Clerkenwell, which is part of the Zetter Hotel. It is a stunning French Bistro owned by Chef Bruno Loubet who has won many awards for his work. The place has a warm, cozy feeling to it but it is spacious at the same time. Renata and I have been incredibly busy since the end of the summer and so we had loads to catch up on. We had an iced latte as we chatted away about everything we’ve missed.

20131109_123526Renata went of the French Toast with Maple Syrup and Applewood Smoked Bacon (£8). The bacon was a great addition to this dish. The french toast was light and fluffy and the maple syrup was thick and caramel-like and the bacon gave it a smokey flavour and added a bit of salt to the dish. Delicious.

I’m going through a baked egg phase. Yes, its true, I am a little obsessed and will order it whenever I can. I am in love with the poached egg. Now, a baked egg is very similar in texture with its runny yolky middle, but way more exciting in a pan filled with all sorts of wonderful goodness in a tomato base.

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So, I ordered the Shakshouka (£9), which is a baked duck egg with red and yellow peppers, spiced tomato sauce, feta and dukkah all baked in a pan together. It came on its own at first but I asked for some fresh bread, which I used to dip into the yolk and the tomato sauce. It was absolutely stunning and had some amazing flavours that all went very well together.

A great brunch spot!

http://www.bistrotbrunoloubet.com/

http://www.thezettertownhouse.com/events/bistrot-bruno-loubet

Coq D’Argent

For our last catch up dinner, Kuda, Hayley, Jean and I went to Coq D’Argent. Based in the heart of the City, with a stunning roof top terrace, its a Contemporary French Restaurant.

The service was brilliant from start to end and we had a lovely sommelier to help with our choice of wine. As we waiting for our food to come, the waiter brought some warm bread rolls, crisp on the outside, chewy on the inside, with some butter.

For starters I had a beef carpaccio, which was sprinkled with fresh vegetables and had horse radish drizzled around the plate. It was very refreshing and the flavours went very well together.

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Kuda and Hayley opted for the mushroom parfait.

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And Jean went for the watercress soup which came with a slow cooked egg.

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For mains Jean and I got the grilled sea bass, which was cooked to perfection and just melted in your mouth. The fillets were laid on a bed of roasted vegetables which were drenched in a rich, buttery sauce.

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Hayley and Jean went for the chicken braised in white wine.

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Finally for the dessert. It was difficult not to go for the cheese board, as we were sitting by the cheeses and they all looked so tempting, but as we were all feeling pleasantly full, we went for a couple of light desserts instead.

Hayley and I went for the poached pear which was a great pallet cleaner. It came in a pool of mulled wine and some vanilla ice cream.

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Jean and Kuda got the cream brulee, which came out with a perfectly caramelised top and two mini madeleines on the side.

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Overall a fabulous meal, and as always, a lovely catch up with great girlfriends.

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http://www.coqdargent.co.uk/
We had the 3 courses for £25 and it is approximately £30 for a bottle of wine.