Sleep, wake up, eat breakfast, sleep and then EAT Brunch. That is how Sundays should be.
A day of rest and a day of food. This was the plan for Mothers' Day last week and off to The Modern Pantry the Sacki family went. Dad was at home, watching the beloved Liverpool, whilst the sons took out their mother for some food and giggles.
Brunch menus are always quite tricky, especially if you have already had breakfast as should be the case.
The idea is supposed to be a mix between breakfast and lunch and usually the options tend to favour the breakfast side of things. Therefore, eggs are usually a dominant option at brunch, as is salmon, bacon and sausages and tomatoes all cooked in their various guises.
So what we chose is below with exactly what the restaurant says, more specifically with prices too:
Dhansak spiced veal mince omelette, fried chilli & shallots, puffed wild rice, herbs, toast £9.00
Crispy halloumi, buttered spinach, lemongrass roast vine ripened tomatoes £8.80
Coconut & cassava waffle, cardamom poached rhubarb, Neal’s Yard Dairy crème fraiche £9.00
Kashmiri masala beetroot, carrot, potato & spring onion hash, endive, poached egg, yuzu & moromi miso hollandaise, toasted seeds £8.80 or add tea smoked H.Forman & Son’s salmon £12.50
I have to say the minced veal which i chose was the best and my favourite. The Dansak flavouring was tasty and gave a good kick which was needed with the meat. The shallots and herbs gave good texture and more depth to the dish and was complimented by a light and fluffy omelette which was a good vessel for transporting the meat into my mouth.
The other dishes had their moments. The halloumi had good texture and the lemongrass on the tomatoes gave it a distinct zing.
The waffles were nice, but the rhubarb overpowered the whole dish and unfortunately did not seem like a main dish but instead more of a desert.
The poached egg with salmon and beetroot was a strong dish and would be one i choose next time.
A lovely venue and the staff were friendly and helpful on a special day for the family.
They were able to guide us on the dishes, especially for the desert which had kumquats! What is a kumquat? I didn't know then and i barely know now. Think of a cross between an orange and a tomato. It didn't add too much to my cake (pictured above) but it looked nice.
I am looking forward to going back and trying their a la caret menu and dinner menu too.
See you soon Modern Pantry.