“Dinner parties are mere formalities. You invite a man to dinner because you must; but you invite a man to breakfast because you want to see him.”
Brunch parties are my absolute favourite. They allow for the most indulgent of breakfasts, debauchery before teatime and an early night’s sleep. Make that brunch in London Bridge on a seriously hot Sunday at The Rooftop Cafe, under the soaring stalagmite that is The Shard – and you quickly forget that winter ever happened and London becomes the best city on earth.
Greeted by a glass of bubbly or a selection of brunchy cocktails, I was grateful when the dinky breakfast canapés were served on the terrace. Homemade granola with a rhubarb and gin compote, Fresh baked beans with prosciutto bacon and Mini shakshouka, with a quails egg on top. They were so good I only managed to get a picture of the empty pots.
The stars of the show are Leiths-trained Charlie Hall and Max de Nahlik, who whip up a storm in the kitchen from great seasonal produce. Once we were seated, the food just kept on coming. Scallop kedgeree with bacon and a spiced tomato chutney (delicious if a little heavy on the cardamom) was followed by Salt-beef hash with homemade pickles and an “hour-long” egg. (Not sure what an “hour-long” egg was, but it was damn good).
These guys have set the standard for brunch so high, that I just won’t bother making it myself again. If I’m having brunch, I’m having it with Charles from now on. They’ve just released tickets for their upcoming dates. Book now, they will definitely sell out. 8/10
Breakfast with Charles
The Rooftop Cafe,
28 London Bridge Street,
London, SE1 9SG