Bottomless brunch has become a massive trend in London this year. If I could pinpoint where the trend comes from, I would say we could thank our American cousins, (who are nuts for a bottomless brunch, check out brunchsf to see what I’m talking about) and also the mad, day-long bottomless brunch extravaganzas that take place in the Middle East, with Dubai and Abu Dhabi leading the pack. It’s crazy to think that countries that are so religiously adherent in some ways then make a name for themselves with the Bacchanalian delights that westerners travel to indulge in. Anyway, I digress. Let me tell you about Avenue restaurant.
Avenue is located in St James, near the Green Park tube station. It features natural light (making it excellent for Insta-opportunities), a long polished bar and some of the nicest damn staff I’ve ever met in London. They clearly enjoy their jobs and they helped to make the atmosphere so much fun, our waiter was particularly lovely, like a Prosecco-bearing Frodo Baggins.
The pricing structure is 2 courses £23.50, 3 courses £26, £15 for bottomless Prosecco or Bloody Mary’s, which is entirely reasonable considering what some restaurants in London are currently charging for their bottomless brunches. I dined with two girlfriends, one of whom was running rather late, so my friend Lisa and I entertained ourselves with cocktails while we were waiting. I would love to be able to tell you what they were, but this was a bottomless brunch that turned into a day and night drinking extravaganza. Mine had something to do with Angostura bitters and was a very Mad Men-esque DRANK. Lisa’s was tall and fizzy and looked pretty? Anyway, delightful. On to the food.
We decided to go for two courses and had the small Eggs Royale to start. The small size features one perfectly poached egg atop half a fluffy homemade English muffin. It was served with heapings of smoked salmon and the egg was perfectly cooked and had yolk-porn for days. The hollandaise tied everything together with its excellent balance of vinegar. So far, so delish.
For the main, obviously we went for the truffle mac and cheese (£5 supplement). When you go, and you will, please order this because it comes with freshly grated truffle on top. I died. It was heavenly, presented in a lovely copper paella dish and I ate until I could eat no more, for it was a creamy, glorious world of umami in my mouth.
Now, to finish up, things got even better. We weren’t rushed out. That’s right. You get the table and bottomless drinks for 2 hours but we weren’t slung out the door as soon as the timer ran down. Our glasses were topped up by Frodo Baggins and we were invited to relax on comfy couches in the bar area.
Avenue is the perfect place for a girly bottomless brunch or an elegant, boozy celebration. I cannot recommend this place enough, book a table now and thank me later!