No longer am I looking for a place for dinner but where offers brunch instead? From scouring the menus to make note of where serves bottomless proseccos or mimosa, brunch is a definite part of my present and future. Not only that and maybe this sounds like I’m getting old but I much prefer doing things in the daytime (you skip the hangover too).
Yesterday I did just that. Heading on down to Piccadilly Circus a little after 2 pm, I met my best friend, Emma, for a spot of brunch at the Le Meridien Piccadilly hotel.
Having looked through the whole of the Bookatable ‘free flowing’ offer section, it was hard to choose where to go with so many amazing restaurants in London. I was drawn in by the Le Meridien Piccadilly menu as their was a fusion of brunch and afternoon tea – B’NT. Their website describes it as:
‘Deciding between Brunch and Afternoon Tea is no longer a problem, our concept unites the best of both, proving you really can have your cake and eat it too.’
Bookatable makes it straightforward to book a restaurant without the added fuss of making a call or going on the restaurant’s website. It can be done via the app or online with restaurants up and down the UK. I remember using them when I went to Manchester a few years ago and it was an easy experience. On top of that, there are SO many great deals on, starting from £15pp, meaning eating out doesn’t have to cost an arm or a leg. But when it comes to brunch, you oughta go with the flow and be free. Go bottomless, you know you want to…
The hotel is easy to spot from Picadilly circus from the gorgeous Tiffany blue flags billowing blissfully in the air. There is nothing worse than being hungry and lost, so we soon made our way up to the second floor which housed the Terrace Grill and Bar. The restaurant was absolutely stunning with crisp white floors, a glass roof and huge windows overlooking the busy Piccadilly area. If only the weather wasn’t so glum?
We were seated at our table, having chosen a quieter corner away from other diners and were quickly poured a glass of prosecco. Emma and I caught about work, life, and her current catsitting situation not long before our food arrived.
Here is the low down on what we ate…
Full English breakfast in a mini Yorkshire pudding
This tasted as good as it sounded and I felt a little less guilty than I would have if I had eaten the regular size. The mini Yorkshire pudding is such an interesting twist and makes for a great Instagram shot…
DUO OF ROSARY ASH & PICKLED ASPARAGUS ON CHARCOAL BREAD
(Open Sandwich with a Twist)
This one wasn’t my favourite but it was great to try different types of goat’s cheese. At first, I was like, ‘is this chocolate bread?’. However, I soon learnt it was charcoal bread, which I could imagine being good for those wanting to make healthier choices. The goat’s cheese was a bit too… excuse the word cheesy if I’m honest, but I loved the presentation!
Smoked Salmon, Poached Quail Egg & Truffle Spinach Hollandaise
I’m not really a fan of smoked salmon, but this was fresh, tasty and the truffle spinach hollandaise sauce was an interesting twist!
RED PEPPER, CHILLI & CHEESE WITH AVOCADO & CHOCOLATE RASPBERRY SCONES
Served with Relish & Sweet Chilli Clotted Cream
Who would have thought you could infuse a traditional scone with avocado? These tasted so fresh, with the texture being soft and chewy. Emma enjoyed hers with her guilty pleasure clotted cream whilst I opted for jam.
DUO OF CHOCOLATE EGG SOLDIERS
Dark chocolate mousse with mango coulis piped in white chocolate egg shell & cinnamon sugar roll
This was my favourite of the selection, it brought me back to the days of being a kid and obsessing over Kinder eggs. The presentation was fun, interactive and who doesn’t love white chocolate? The cinnamon roll made the perfect spoon for the mousse for a brief moment too.
Sweet Potato & Beetroot Brownie
Until Emma read the ingredients, I had no idea this wasn’t chocolate? The brownie was the perfect size without being too rich or giving you that lethargic feeling. It just goes to show that you can have healthy swaps that are tasty.
SEASONAL FRUIT TART
A little puff of heaven, just look:
Overall I’d give the free flowing brunch at Le Meridien Piccadilly 8/10. The service was polite and friendly but I found that they were not as attentive as they could have been. We had to request to have our prosecco topped up at one point. Other than that, I would say if you’re after brunch with a twist (or afternoon tea), LMP makes an interesting choice for a brunch date. The views and interiors are beautiful, so if you have a birthday or special occasion coming up, you may want to B’NT. You can book your free flowing Bookatable deal here.
Price: £35 with a signature cocktail OR £45 with free-flowing sparkling wine
Details: Served on Saturdays and Sundays, from 12 pm – 5 pm.
Address: Le Meridien Piccadilly, 21 Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BH
Post in partnership with Bookatable but all views are my own.