I love brunch. Eggs, coffee, and the chance to linger over conversation is a real treat, and I tend to go for bunch at least two or three times a month. Luckily as I live in London there are ample places to do so.
Last week I wanted to meet two of my Junior League sisters after Matthew and I had been to church at St Clement Danes. I haven’t done brunch near Covent Garden in a while, so was a little unsure where to book. After a little hunting and some review checking, I booked us a table for three at Christopher’s.
I arrived a little before one and was lead up a giant stone staircase to a beautiful sun-filled first floor dining room comprised of tables of sizes various and a few booths. Despite the clamour of the city centre outside, up here all was cool, calm, and quiet. While I was waiting for Tracy and Lauren the staff were very kind, making sure I was attended to and bustling around smoothly as they took orders, poured coffees, and generally aced the whole ‘being waitstaff at brunch thing’. The girls arrived speedily and we were soon set up with coffees and drinks and perusing the menu.
Tracy went for the omlette and Lauren and I decided on the Huevos California. All were delicious and I especially enjoyed the kick of spice in my salsa. Salsa often tends to be a little watery and sugary when I have it in London so a vivid, bright tasting sauce was a treat. Tracy’s omlette looked gorgeous, filled with cheese, spinach and ham, and that lovely yellowy shade a good chef brings out in an omlette.
For pudding Lauren was very good and had a detoxing Vitamin C smoothie, but Tracy and I were far naughtier! I settled for the cinnamon beignets with chocolate dipping sauce and Tracy selected the pecan maple pie. The pie was stunning and I immediately had food envy, and will definitely be returning for a plate. The beignets were light, tasty and beautifully spiced, but I didn’t enjoy the sauce as much – the dark chocolate was overwhelming the subtler flavours of the beignets for me. It was a good dish, but the two flavours didn’t mesh particularly well for me.
All in all I would heartily recommend Christopher’s for a weekend brunch, particularly if you have chatting to do. I’m looking forward to visiting again, and also trying the martini bar sometime, because I love a good martini (straight up, extra dry, with a twist. YUM).