VALUE FOR MONEY: 3/5
VENUE & ATMOSPHERE: 4/5
NOTE: ALL MEAT IS HALAL. NO ALCOHOL IS SERVED ON THE PREMISES.
So, it’s Mrs. Plug’s birthday week and the first of our 274 celebrations was my surprise (after hearing about it practically every day for the last year) treat to brunch at Drunch. Drunch is a boutique eatery and lounge in the heart of Mayfair, with an eclectic menu and a shisha garden. The menu oozes with options, from an all-day-breakfast, to sweet treats, and some healthy options for those of you who look to shed a few pounds.
Drunch turned out to be an unexpectedly good choice as it was a nice sunny day in London, and the air was fresh and cool, allowing us to sit outside and make the most of the weather.
We opted to order a starter and 2 mains all to share! For the starter we went for the courgette poppers with jalapeño and parmesan dip. On the face of it, it sounds like an obscure combination, but through blogging I’ve learnt that the key to an establishment receiving great reviews is the surprise and delight factor – which Drunch did on every item – and the courgette poppers were no exception. The poppers were crispy and flavoursome, with the batter encompassing a sprinkle of cumin seeds to add to the taste. The inside was soft and hot, complementing the crunchy exterior well. Now the surprise and delight factor, the parmesan and jalapeño dip, which was deliciously creamy with a spicy kick. In fact, I would go as far as to say that this dip turned an ordinary choice into a ‘I’m so glad I went for this starter’ choice.
For mains, Mrs. Plug chose the 3x jerk chicken and avocado sliders, whereas I chose the grilled steak, cheese & caramelised onion baguette. Of the 2, the jerk chicken sliders were more impressive. Expertly presented, the surprise here was discovering that this main consisted of 3 mini, tender, burger patties, perfectly seasoned, in opposed to filled with the jerk chicken strip pieces that I was expecting. They looked so good we felt guilty sinking our teeth into the soft brioche, ruining the perfectly constructed slider in the process.
The baguette, in no way shape or form was disappointing – it was a good size, perfectly toasted, served with strips of tender beef layered with american melted cheese. The caramelised onion made the overall taste a bit too sweet for Mrs. Plug, but I embraced the combination of flavours.
Overall the service was great, as we received our meal fairly quickly, and the waitress was polite and attentive. The atmosphere was buzzing, and the restaurant reasonably busy, even outside. The price came to roughly £50 including drinks. A little on the pricey side but remember this is in Mayfair, and it was a special occasion! Overall I think Drunch lived up to our expectations. The only criticism (if you can call it that) is that we didn’t have enough space to consume their famous ‘R.I.P diet’ cake at the end!