17 Oct Brunch, small plates, and the best White Russian I’ve ever tried!
In case you guys haven’t noticed, I take my brunch really seriously, and I’m always trying to find new places to eat poached eggs without having to queue for more than 15 minutes (specially if this is my first meal of the day and I’m crazy hungry because I’ve been up for at least an hour), so when I saw that Stovepipe had a new brunch menu, I knew I had to try it!
I have to start by saying that their style and decor is really nice, yet different from other popular places like Fress, which I really enjoyed. I like seeing how a restaurant’s identity tells a story even before you take a look at their menu, and Stovepipe had definitely caught my eye from the outside more than a couple of times.
We decided to sit by the window because of the natural light, duh! But they also have seating upstairs where you have a nice and cozy atmosphere that makes the place perfect for some drinks.
I’m sure you’re here to see what I have to say about their food, so let’s get into that:
I did what we always like to do, which is ask Adam for his recommendations on what to get. Wherever we go the staff is usually pretty helpful when it comes to picking the best dishes on the menu, so I let him work his magic and bring us whatever he considered appropriate.
When he brought these three dishes, I knew I had to start with the eggs Benedict, because that creamy hollandaise sauce was calling my name.
The dish was super rich in flavour and the sauce was just as creamy as I imagined it was going to be. It had a light buttery taste that I don’t know how to describe, and I mean this in the best way possible. Also, the creaminess of the sauce paired greatly with the crispy bacon, so yay for that!
My favourite part? they put tons of bacon, so there was enough for me and G.
I was excited with all of the dishes, not because they were different, but because I can appreciate a good classic brunch menu done right.
The avocado toast was no exception, and I got especially enthusiastic when I saw the big chunk of avocado right on top of the sourdough. I’m a firm believer that you can never have too much avocado (or bacon) and, apparently, so are they!
I don’t think you can go wrong with an avocado toast and poached eggs. The yolks were, of course, runny, which made this my dream breakfast dish. If I could eat this for every single day of my life, I definitely would.
This was G’s favourite dish, but you probably already saw that coming. This man cannot resist a good English breakfast, so he ate most of it himself.
I do appreciate the fact that he let me try some of the black pudding, which I enjoyed, and half the sausage, which was amazing!
I mean he didn’t share it, but since he couldn’t stop commenting how much he liked it, I told him I had to try it myself, so I stole half of it and yes, the man was right. I don’t know if it was the seasoning or the sausage itself. It had a tomato flavour that kept us both wanting more.
You would think this is where we stoped, but you’re wrong.
Adam got incredibly excited and recommended us some small plates to try with our cocktails (more of that in a second!), and I just couldn’t say no.
I don’t know why, but we’re completely obsessed with halloumi. I think it’s an amazing side when you’re drinking, and it’s also great for when you just had brunch, apparently.
Dipping it in chilli jam just made the whole experience even better, but I’m not going to try to sell you pan-fried halloumi like it’s the most exquisite dish on earth because it isn’t. It’s nice, cheesy, and delicious, and I could eat it over and over again.
The fish goujons were perfect and I’m craving some more as I’m writing these lines.
Seriously, the batter was amazing. I don’t know how they made these, but I heard the best crunch when I had my first bite, and from that moment I knew I was going to love them. Definitely a good small plate to have, specially because they have a promo where you can get 3 small plates for £10 (as opposed to paying £4 for each!).
If you think small plates are too small (hey, I don’t blame you!), then you can also pick one of their sharing boards!
I think these platters are a great choice if all you want is a light bite or if you’re sharing with a group and want to order a couple. I enjoyed both the size and the variety of items they had, and we could both appreciate the great amount of combinations you could get with each of them.
It depends on if you’re more into veggie options, or if you’re a cheese/meat lover like we are. Our favourite was the latter one, and we devoured the meats in less than 10 minutes (no joke!), but I think there’s definitely something for every one in their sharers list!
Now, we could have had just water on the side with all of this amazing food. But we didn’t.
Knowing that Adam is the mastermind behind Stovepipe’s cocktails, I couldn’t resist his recommendations, so we tried four of their drinks to get a glimpse of what their new drinks menu is all about.
I don’t have the names for any of these, but I’m sure that if you show them the photo and give them a brief description, they’ll know what you’re talking about 😉
When I first saw this drink, I thought it was going to be nice and sweet, and at first it was. You get a taste of the apple juice and you think that’s all you’re going to get, but 2 seconds later there’s a sour (or maybe even spicy? I don’t really know how to describe it!) punch. It was an amazing surprise, and definitely enjoyable.
If you don’t like your drinks too sweet, but you’re not into sour/strong taste either, this will be a great choice!
Now, if you do like them sweet, this one is going to be for you!
When I mean sweet, I don’t mean it in a “this could be a dessert” kinda way (definitely not an “I scream for ice cream” kinda way). It’s sweet enough for you to enjoy every sip without thinking too much about the amount of alcohol in it, which could be both great and a curse, depending on how easy it is for you to get lit.
To me, it was a great pairing to our brunch, and I’d definitely recommend it for anyone looking to have a refreshing drink.
If you’re in the mood for something more tropical, this cocktail with mango and pineapple is going to blow your mind. I would say this was my second favourite (and I’ll tell you about my first in a second), and what I liked the most was the mix between the citrusy flavour of the pineapple, and the sweetness of the mango.
The balance was great, the flavour was great, and the fact that it was strong enough for me to feel the alcohol but not that much for me to frown with every sip, made this a delightful cocktail for every occasion (not that we need an excuse to have a good drink!).
Adam described this drink to me as a “salted caramel White Russian”, and when he brought it to our table the first thing he said was “don’t fight over this one, I can make you another one if you like it!” so that set some high expectations with both of us.
Boy, he was right.
We didn’t need to fight over it because I made it clear to G that I wasn’t going to share it with him after I took the first sip. No negotiation involved.
I mean, this is good. This is more than good. But you need to try it yourself so you can see what we’re all talking about.
You know it’s going to be amazing when it’s a staff’s favourite, because these guys know what’s the deal and they’ve tried everything!
I didn’t expect to like it this much, but there’s something about the salted caramel taste combined with the boozy flavour that blew my mind. It’s sweet in a different way compared to the drinks I described above, but it didn’t feel like a dessert.
Whether you drink it after your meal, a day at work, catching up with friends, or just before going to bed – thanks to Adam for this recommendation 😉 –, any excuse that you can find will be enough for you to enjoy it. Two thumbs up!
Overall, we came for brunch but got so much more, and I couldn’t be happier. The experience was great, the staff was incredibly nice and friendly, and the drinks were delicious. They definitely found many ways to catch my attention and give me reasons to come back. I’m sure that, if you give them a go, you’ll feel the same way!
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That’s it for today, guys! I hope this gives you some ideas on where to go or what to have when you’re in town. I know it gave me some ideas on what I need to eat next time 😉