Sometimes, brunch can be just one big dilemma. I’m sure I’m not the only one who has sat down to a brunch menu and been torn between almost everything on the menu. Every bruncher makes a choice pretty early on when faced with such a struggle – sweet or savoury? Eggs or pancakes? Bacon or waffles? One can rarely have both, and I have to admit I’m not overly fond of bacon with pancakes… it just doesn’t feel right.
Thankfully, the folks at Avenue have thought about this. Nestled at the chic end of St James’ and away from the hustle and bustle of the West End, this cavernous venue offers a two or three course brunch at the weekend. Yes. You read right. And with bottomless prosecco to boot.
Roast field mushrooms, scrambled eggs, brioche toast
This is how it works – you can choose 2 or 3 dishes from the brunch menu, which consists of Eggs, Brunch and Dessert sections. So if you have a super sweet tooth and want pancakes and waffles… then you can! If you want a small Eggs Benedict, followed by an avocado and bacon sarnie, finished off with some pecan pie… then you can! If you don’t really like brunch (does anyone not like brunch?! I’m covering this just in case…) you can have a hamburger followed by vanilla baked cheesecake. The culinary combinations are endless!
Chorizo & potato hash, poached egg
We chose 2 courses; in which case, one of the dishes will be your small portion and the other large. For my large portion, I went for roast field mushrooms and scrambled eggs on brioche toast. The eggs were fluffy and creamy but not runny – i.e. ideal. My dining companion opted for the the chorizo and potato hash accompanied by a poached egg.
Buttermilk waffles with mixed berries
I prefer savoury to sweet but am always tempted, so had a “small” portion of the pancakes. But honestly there’s nothing small about it. The buttery pancakes were smothered in mixed berries that provided a perfect balance of bitter and sweet. I was informed that the waffles were equally satisfying. Our only gripe was that we waited about an hour between the two courses, I think we got stuck behind some big groups – but once they did arrive we weren’t rushed at all to pay up and we were given a free glass of prosecco to make up for it!
You absolutely must make a reservation if you wish to brunch here as it’s unbelievably popular – something of an institution. Make sure you dress for the occasion too as this is a rather classy establishment, which endeavours to make weekend brunch an occasion to be savoured. I’ll definitely be returning; Avenue has absolutely made it onto my shortlist for 2016’s Birthday Brunch.