If I had to pick a favourite meal-time, it’d likely be brunch. There are so many different things you can class as brunch, and if you fancy it you can add alcohol and it’s perfectly acceptable – what’s not to love!
I’ve yet to try many brunch places in London so far, truth be told on the weekend most of the time I’m still lazing around the house. However this weekend I was on a bit of a mission for another blog post in the making, and it meant visiting the Ace Hotel, so I thought why not add a little pit-stop for brunch too? I made us a reservation at the Hoi Polloi restaurant just in case it was busy however we needn’t have worried, it didn’t seem to be packed at the seams by 2pm so perhaps we’d just missed the brunch rush. Yes, I realise 2pm is a bit late for brunch but it’s the weekend, brunch can be any time right?
Before we get to the food let’s chat about the decor of this place. First you have to go through a cute little flower shop, so it’s not immediately obvious where the restaurant is to begin with.
Then you go through the shop to the restaurant itself. It’s very reminiscent of an American diner, but a really classy one. To be honest, it sort of felt like we’d walked into a film set – it’d be a perfect scene location! We were quickly seated with their quirky menus, they’re like newspapers and were very fitting with the style of the restaurant.
Leo’s a beer fan so he chose the Kernel IPA to drink, and I thought I’d be a bit adventurous and try their Alchemist mylk – sadly I wasn’t a fan – should’ve got a glass of bubbly instead…
The food however, did not disappoint. I can’t help but be drawn in by pancakes, bacon and maple syrup so that’s what I went for, and Leo got their cheeseburger – we both got the ‘dripping chips’ on the side.
I haven’t had pancakes as nice as this since I was in America, they were so delicious. I can’t believe I used to be skeptical about this combination of flavours because they just work. Leo was pleased with his cheeseburger too, and we both really enjoyed the chips! They were certainly different, slightly crunchier on the outside while still having the fluffiness inside.
It’s safe to say I was very satisfied by brunch at Hoi Polloi, and it only set us back around £40 in total for the both of us – considering that’s with alcohol in London that’s not too awful! I’ll definitely be returning for those pancakes alone! :)