I wrote on Thursday about my delicious evening at dinner with Katy, Erica and Ashleigh. Well, I'm officially a very lucky girl because not twelve hours later I got to meet up with Erica and Katy again for brunch! I love brunch at the weekend. It plays to my foodie side (hello, options), as well as my lazy side (combining two meals into one!). I love brunch so much that a group of my Junior League friends and I have a bi-monthly brunch club.
Dedication, I tells ya.
I was quite excited for this brunchy foray, as we were going to a place I hadn't visited before, in a part of town I don't head to often. Brixton, it turns out, is super easy to reach from my neck of the woods, and Carioca, the restaurant who had invited Katy and her crew (thanks, lovely!), is a hop skip and jump from the tube station, nestled amongst the hustle and bustle of the market.
We were greeted warmly as we entered and soon installed at a comfortable corner table with an amazing tropical tablecloth - total flatlay magic. We were brought good, strong coffees and left to peruse the menus. Many of the usual suspects were in attendance, but so too were several fabulous sounding Brazilian brunch dishes, and Katy, Erica and I all selected from that section of the menu.
I had the Favela - a maize muffin (so good, and great for soaking up the sauces!) topped with peppers, leeks, plantain, halloumi, rocket and a poached egg. So fresh and tasty and that perfect balance of filling and nutritious - I was full for hours, but totally comfy.
The amazing Copacabana, with pulled braised beef, black beans and a poached egg atop a maize muffin.
Erica's Ipanema, with avocado, egg, homemade chorizo and tapenade, again on a maize muffin. These amazing, fluffy muffins were all gluten free, making this a great little spot if you're on a GF diet for health or allergy reasons. We all swapped bits of our brunches and all three dishes were declared delicious!
After our big, tasty meals, we declared ourselves too full for pudding, but when we saw some frozen cocktails passing our table we knew we were back in the game! Katy went for a classic caipirinha, Erica and I sipped passionfruit daquiris (so good - I felt like I was back in Hawaii or Gran Canaria, not South London!).
Love this shot of Katy in photo mode. What a cutie!
The manager brought fresh coffees to finish off the meal and a big slice of melt-in-the-mouth white chocolate cheesecake with three spoons. I could only manage a couple of spoonfuls but they were delicious. I loved that the restuarant doesn't have a dessert menu, instead asking patrons to choose from a range of half-dozen cakes made fresh in the restaurant. As well as the very yummy cheesecake there were all sorts of baked goodies - banana cake, a green tea and chocolate sponge, date loaf. I'd love to pop back for a slice of cake and a coffee, just to see which goodies were on offer!
I thoroughly enjoyed my brunch at Carioca and enjoyed chatting with the girls over great food. I loved getting to experience a place I might not have spotted myself - if you're a South Londoner (or even if like me you're not!) I'd encourage you to seek it out. Lovely spot. Thank you to Katy for inviting me along and to Carioca for hosting us so beautifully.
Disclaimer, because I love it: I was invited along to sample the brunch menu. All opinions and cake-lust entirely my own.