For someone like me who loves a weekend lie-in yet still enjoys breakfast food – brunch is the ultimate combination! Let’s face it, am I even a blogger if I don’t enjoy brunch? As you can imagine, I was more than a little excited when the team at Quaglino’s invited me down to review their updated brunch menu. So what can you expect from Quaglino’s brunch?
Having been to Quaglino’s before, I had already fallen in love with their stylish décor and wonderful drinks menu. Tucked away in the back streets of Mayfair, the restaurant is easily found and less than a 5 minute walk from Green Park underground station. The main entrance is decked out in luscious golden tones and asymmetrical designs. As you head downstairs, the space opens up to a bar and lounge area. Then the grand stairway leads you to the main dining area and lower bar.
We arrived at noon and were probably the first guests of the day. However the place quickly filled up with most tables buzzing with people dining and drinking. We were greeted with friendly staff at reception who took our coats and took us to the bar to enjoy some cocktails. The cocktail menu was very impressive and had a range of choices to suit anyone’s fancy.
I opted for the ‘Mayfair Lady’, a sophisticated mix of sipsmith’s vodka, elderflower and lychee (in case you didn’t know, lychee and elderflower are my two favourite things ever!) topped up with bubbles. The boyfriend opted for ‘The Affair’, a concoction of rum and whiskey hence the name I guess. Which was shaken with a range of flavours including pineapple, blood orange and bitters.
What’s on the menu at Quaglino’s brunch?
There are two options for brunch; either the 2 or 3 course menu with the additional option for unlimited prosecco. You can expect to find the usual brunch suspects; eggs, avocado, muffins and ham. But what truly makes this brunch special is the range of food options.
I opted for the rock oysters to start with, which went down really with the prosecco. They were served on a bed of ice alongside a delicate shallot vinegar. My boyfriend opted for the pressed chicken terrine which was served with pickled vegetables and sourdough. Considering they were starters, the portion sizes were still quite generous.
For my main course I was tempted by the sirloin steak and egg, but eventually opted for the chicken supreme. I did manage to sneak a peek at the table next to us, who did get the steak, and it was cooked to perfection! Instant food envy…
My boyfriend went for the saffron and goat’s cheese risotto. I had a taste and it was absolutely fantastic! The texture of the risotto was silky and perfectly balanced by the hint of saffron I thought that the goats cheese might even be too overpowering but it was just right.
Finally dessert. I’m honestly not a big dessert person, but this was truly the icing on the cake for me (pun intended). I don’t think words can actually describe the heavenly creation that I tasted that day. Don’t believe me? Order the dark chocolate fondant for yourself and see if you don’t agree with me!
What makes Quaglino’s brunch different from the rest?
Two things really stand out for me, firstly the service was impeccable. You really get a 5-star luxury dining experience at Quaglino’s. Secondly the quality of their menu was incredible. Every dish was truly delightful and no matter how full I thought I was, I managed to eat every single morsel on my plate.
The ambience also makes for a great experience. The restaurant layout allows for big groups as well as smaller tables for couples. I think the live DJ on stage was also a nice touch.
Our experience at Quaglino’s brunch was absolutely divine! The food was delicious and the value for money is great too. One thing you won’t be worrying about is getting your money’s worth for the unlimited bubbles. They top you up regularly (I don’t think I ever saw the bottom of my glass!). Which is unlike my experience with other brunches where I am usually having to hail down a server to bring me more drinks.
I can’t really fault or suggest anything I would have changed from our experience. It was close to perfect! I highly recommend it.
- Dessert is not to be missed at this brunch, so do opt for the 3 course option!
- They have great booths and tables set up for groups, so is ideal for parties and special occasions.
Times & cost:
- 11:30-14:30 Saturday
- £25 for 2 courses / £29 for 3 courses
- Unlimited prosecco at £20 pp
For more information or to make a reservation, visit the Quaglino’s website here.
DISCLAIMER: I was invited to review Quaglino’s brunch menu with complimentary food and drinks, but all opinions expressed are my own.