Brunch

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Foxcroft and Ginger
3 Berwick Street W1F 0DR
London
United Kingdom

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I was seeing friends for brunch on a Sunday and I suggested we meet at Foxcroft and Ginger in Soho. I had never been to this small café, but walked past it many times so I wanted to try it out. I walked through Soho and saw a huge queue outside of the Breakfast Club, a famous brunch place, and was surprised to see people queuing outside for a long time to get in there and no one really quieting outside of Foxcroft and Ginger. It just shows how over rated and hyped up some places can be.

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3.00

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La Kanna
Tērbatas iela 5 LV-1050
Riga
Latvia

La Kanna is a very pleasant café in Riga that not only serves good coffee and drinks but also reasonably priced European/ International type of food. I am usually in Riga on weekends and La Kanna attracted my attention as it serves a very good brunch on Saturdays and Sundays up until 15.00 (from 10am).  Finding a brunch place two years ago in Riga was very hard, but recently a lot of restaurants have started offering brunch, which is a very popular meal abroad and now also in Riga. We don’t even have a Latvian name for this and also call it brunch (the English word), which shows how recent this trend is and that we have borrowed this word.

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3.00

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Koya Bar
49 Frith Street W1D 4SQ
London
United Kingdom

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I love the Japanese noodle restaurant Koya in Soho, located on Frith street, which serves delicious udon noodle dishes (cold, hot, in soup) and Koya recently expanded and opened Koya Bar on the same street in Soho. Koya Bar though is not just the same restaurant further down the street, it has a slightly different menu and it focuses on breakfast dishes, so you can go there early in the morning for a delicious Japanese breakfast with rice or noodles. The one thing I miss about Japan and liked it there so much was the breakfast. I am a huge fan of having noodles or rice for breakfast as I feel it gives me the right sort of carbs to get me throughout the day. If I could find these sort of dishes in London for breakfast, I would be having a Japanese breakfast every day.
 

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3.50

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Wildflower Café
108 Chepstow road W2 5qs
London
United Kingdom

Wildflower Café is owned and run by my beautiful and amazing friend Leila with whom I went to school, so I was always going to like this place, but after the meal I ended up loving this place, not just liking it.  Wildflower Café is a breakfast, brunch, lunch and supper restaurant in Notting Hill, on Chepstow road. The outside of the restaurant is bright violet and in its cheerfulness stands out. The inside of the place is equally cheerful with different beautiful exotic flowers skillfully placed in pots and located on every table. They don’t have typical flowers, but interesting, colourful ones that are so nicely arranged. 

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4.00

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Jackson & Rye
56 Wardour Street W1D 4JF
London
United Kingdom

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Jackson & Rye is a US style breakfast, brunch and all day food restaurant in Soho. It looks very welcoming from the outside with large windows, and when you walk in, it has that sort of NY feel. I wanted to come here for brunch with my friend Una on a Saturday but a week before we decided to go all the brunch slots were already fully booked so we settled for breakfast at 10am. So if you want to go there for brunch, just like with the popular Riding House Café, you have to book in advance.

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3.00

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Greenberry
101 Regents Park Road NW1 8UR
London
United Kingdom

Greenberry Café is a small and lively restaurant in Primrose Hill (where the Russian restaurant Troika used to be) where you can get breakfast (from a special breakfast menu), lunch and dinner. From the outside it looks very welcoming, in a light green pleasant colour and when I went there with my engaged friends Katrina and Love at 11.45 the place was buzzing and full and we were shown to one of the last remaining empty tables. The décor is plain but welcoming, with wood tables and chairs.
 

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3.50

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Café Charlot
38 Rue de Bretagne 75003
Paris
France

I was staying in Paris with my girlfriends for the weekend and on a Saturday morning we all fancied some light breakfast/ brunch in the neighbourhood area where we were staying. One of my friends suggested we go to Café Charlot, a neighbourhood French brasserie. Café Charlot is located on the corner of Rue Charlot and Rue de Bretagne in the Le Marais area in Paris. It is a very typical brasserie with people sitting outside and enjoying their morning cigarette and coffee and people sitting inside and eating a more substantial meal.  When we arrived at around 11.00 the place was full and they had problems finding us a table where to sit as there were seven of us.

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2.00

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Plum + Spilt Milk
Great Northern Hotel, Pancras Road, N1C 4TB
London
United Kingdom

My friend Amala and I were catching up for breakfast and needed a restaurant. Amala wanted something a bit classy and after I sent him some suggestions he chose Dean Street Townhouse from the options I had given him. As I was booking a restaurant on a Saturday for a breakfast at 11.00 on Sunday, it was quite hard to book anything, and Dean Street Townhouse was full. I therefore decided to go for something similar and chose Plum + Spilt Milk.

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3.50

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Cocomaya
12 Connaught Street, W2 2AF
London
United Kingdom

My friend Katrina has been telling me about this casual brunch/ tea/ coffee restaurant for a while now and as it is conveniently located between both of our houses we decided to grab our boyfriends and go there for brunch on a Saturday morning.

We went to the Marylebone CocoMaya, located just by Edgware Road, and there are two shops there, the Cocomaya Fine Chocolatier and also the Cocomaya Artisan Baker and both places are located next to each other with seating inside both of them. We first went to the bakery part that also sells sandwiches, salads as well as patisserie, but as there was no space, we went to the Fine Chocolatier next door and sat on one of the large communal tables, sharing it with another group of 4. We could still order all the same food from the bakery, so it does not actually matter where you sit, unless you have a preference of looking at chocolate vs croissants or vice versa.

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3.00

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Christopher's
18 Wellington Street, WC2E 7
London
United Kingdom

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Christopher’s is a restaurant and a martini bar in Covent Garden. It is located on Wellington street, and it is interesting to find this restaurant in the very noisy Covent Garden, as it feels much more upscale than the surrounding Covent Garden, mainly touristy, restaurants, especially as it is located in a Grade II listed building with an interesting past. When you walk into the building, on your right there is a martini bar but for the main dining area you need to head upstairs on a round staircase with a wonderful lamp hanging on top of the staircase which you can see in a picture below. Christopher’s opened in 1991, but has recently had a redecoration and now has an interesting yellow and grey décor, which is supposed to remind you of a Modern American era, as Christopher’s is an American restaurant.

Maija rated: 

2.00

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