I still pine for Berlin.
Living in London has the benefit that all my friends live here, and were it not for that, I would probably move to Berlin tomorrow.
One of the best parts of living in Berlin was the incredibly varied food culture. They love food. But not just for the sake of eating till you keel over, but rather an appreciation of different and new cuisines and really enjoying the time you spend in the restaurants. The whole experience, rather than just the food, if you get what I'm trying to say?
At the helm of this, is the Berlin brunch. It usually starts at 10am on the weekends and lasts till then end of the day pretty much. Often there are large buffets of sweets, savouries, coffee on tap and large table in and outside. Ze Traum, as they would say in Berlin. (Except they're so hip, they'd probably use the English word...)
Well, the creators behind Brünch love the Berlin brunch set up so much, that they decided they had to introduce London to it, and I love them for this. They hop around London (only the most hipster of areas, of course) with one or two Brünch Clubs a month accompanied by Berlin music, appropriately.
I've been dying to go for a while, and when I saw the picture of NT's, where the next Bruench was set to take place, I realised I couldn't wait any longer. I'm a big fan of indoor gardens.
I was definitly one of the least hipster-looking people there. I hadn't brought my dog with me, nor did I have him seated at the table next to me, sharing my meal. I am also not cool enough to wear sunglasses or a hat indoors, nor do I want to be. I want to see my food properly! I quite literally stuffed my face with the delicious sourdough bread, homemade almond butter and nutella. We were there from 11am to 2pm and indulged. No really, we did. It's two meals in one, so why the hell not? And when the food looks this beautiful, it's hard not to be succumb.
The Amaranth Granola was seriously delicious. I sometimes wish I didn't have such a sweet tooth, but it can't be helped!
The calm before the storm: Before all the brunchers demolished their beautifully presented food
And let's not forget the unlimited sourdough and other delicious German bread with homemade jams, almond butter and nutella for those really willing to indulge over the weekend (me...)
After a bit, they rolled out with warm buckwheat waffles that I'd been waiting and hoping for... oh my they were good...
And yes, if you're wondering, they do taste as good as they look.... yummmmi!
This bruench club is just such a lovely and relaxed event. I love knowing that I can plonk myself down with friends in front of a platter of food and not have to move for the next few hours. In a restaurant, you usually feel like you've outstayed your welcome after two hours, but not here! Although, it was dangerous considering the food is pretty much bottomless and the fresh sourdough and rye breads were amazing. Cos and I probably ate an entire loaf between us. Woops. Sorry, not sorry. You win some, you lose some, right? Not much of a loss though is it really?
Till the next time!