Brooklyn Sunday Test Drive – New York Pancake Brunch Comes to Notting Hill | Road test
What can you tell us about Sunday in Brooklyn?
This is the last American import to Notting Hill which begins to become the first stopover for American restaurants coming to London (following the arrival of Eggslut and Buvette). The Original Sunday in Brooklyn opened in, yes, Brooklyn in 2016 by chef Jaime Young, who had a hit at New York’s Atera. This is their second restaurant and sees them occupy a major corner site in Notting Hill.
Where is it?
You can find the restaurant on Westbourne Grove, halfway between the Royal Oak and Bayswater tubes. If you’re familiar with the area, they’ve taken over what used to be Coast.
So what should I know about food?
It’s an all-day restaurant – we’ll come back to the evening element a bit – but as the name gives you an idea, the brunch really is the star of the restaurant and by far the most popular aspect. This is in part due to their iconic dishes – the brown butter pancakes. You may have seen them pop up from time to time on Instagram. Note that at the time of writing this article, brunch is available Wednesday through Sunday and they hope to roll it out seven days a week in the coming months.
So here’s a taste of what to expect at brunch / lunch.
We watched the egg sandwich come out to a few tables – that is, scrambled eggs, cheddar cheese, gochujang mayonnaise and crispy potatoes in a brioche bun (Â£ 9) – and it had l ‘looks very good.
And the evening menu?
There is a completely different menu at dinner. The Sunday Burger and Fried Chicken Sandwich make the trip but otherwise it’s dishes like fish & chips, wood roast chicken, and grilled hanger steak (minus the eggs). Pancakes are not available at dinner, but they add very tempting desserts. Among these, the s’mores chocolate dessert is undoubtedly the one to get:
What about the drinks?
Wines start at Â£ 28 a bottle (Â£ 7.50 a glass) for red and rosÃ© and Â£ 36 a bottle for white and the emphasis is on natural, low-intervention wines. The prices are a bit high on the wine list – but then this is Notting Hill. Also coming up – they’re going to be opening a bar downstairs, so keep an eye out for that as Christmas approaches.
For our brunch, we mainly moved away from alcohol by opting for non-alcoholic cocktails. These were both very good and bode well for the rest of the cocktail list:
Sundays in Brooklyn were very busy when we went for Saturday brunch – it clearly became extremely popular in no time. It’s easy to see why – the room looks lovely, taking so much advantage of the light that a corner site gives them and they really serve up a great brunch. And most importantly – these pancakes really live up to the expectations.
Hot dinners were eaten as Sunday guests in Brooklyn. Prices are correct at time of writing.
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