Who can remember a time before the invention of the bottomless brunch concept? Only a few short years ago were we unaware of the blissful marriage between relaxed weekend dining and unlimited drinks to wash down delicious food. Nowadays, many of London’s top venues offer a bottomless brunch menu and Broadleaf bar and restaurant stands proudly among their ranks. We headed to this smart new eatery to sample their fare.
The recently opened Broadleaf sits next to the Iconic Tower 42 in Old Broad Street. This multi level venue offers a stylish bar, good quality plates and giant screens for watching sports on the 2nd floor. We were keen to check out Broadleaf and following a conversation with our friend Nicola at East London Girl, we invited more fellow foodies to join us for a brunch to be remembered. Seated at our table were 12 Londoners who share our passion for exciting drinks, exquisite food and fun times. Between us we’ve experienced the tastiest flavours London has to offer, giving us plenty to discuss and debate as we dined. We pawed over the brunch menu while listening to the soulful live music provided by the highly talented duo who serenaded our session.
Broadleaf offers a very satisfying Saturday bottomless brunch option: For only £35 each, guests can enjoy 2 courses accompanied by a two hour flow of Prosecco, house wines, Mimosas, Bloody Marys, bottled Heineken or Sol. Add a third course for just £5 more and you’re set for a great time indeed. The food certainly didn’t disappoint and our gathering meant we were able to share and sample an abundance of fine dishes. The Mac & Cheese croquettes tasted as good as they sound. Crispy coated bites of gooey comfort food that bought a smile to all. The Eggs Benedict was a well executed take on a classic and the Buttermilk Pancakes with Bacon and Maple Syrup brought some stateside flavour to a selection of European favourites.
The main courses certainly created a stir of excitement too. We marvelled at the Longhorn Double Cheeseburger. This mighty stack of prime beef, melted cheddar, caramelised onions and club sauce almost touched the ceiling and created a ripple of food envy among the group. The Classic Caesar salad was as good as any we’ve tasted and the Devon Crab linguine with chilli oil delivered rich comforting warmth with every twisted forkful. The sweet toothed among us delighted in the dessert courses. A picture perfect white chocolate cheesecake strewn with blackberries tasted even better than it looked. Who could say no to a generous slab of sticky toffee pudding, bathed in sweet sauce and topped with vanilla bean ice cream?
This brunch at Broadleaf made us all very happy indeed. The super-friendly staff were attentive and appeared to sense the exact moments our glasses needed topping up every time. The dishes were a treat and continued the tradition of quality we’ve come to expect from an ETM Group venue. We’ll certainly bring more friends to enjoy their hospitality in future but I think we’ll need a little break from all that Prosecco first.
Tower 42, 25 Old Broad Street, London EC2N 1HN