Brunch at: Avenue, St James

Another weekend can only mean one thing: another brunch. Being the absolute addict that I am, I’m actually struggling to remember the last time I allowed a weekend to pass without indulging in this wonderful meal… not that I’m complaining, in fact – long may it continue!

This weekend’s brunch took me to Avenue in St James, with my girl friends Lucy and Daniela. The restaurant was suggested by Lucy, who promised a three course brunch complete with unlimited glasses of Prosecco… How could I refuse?!

On Saturday we all met at Avenue, enjoying a glass of something bubbly in the glamorous bar before we began our session. This brunch works in a brilliant way, allowing you to sample more dishes than at a traditional brunch. At Avenue, you choose either two or three courses (I obviously went for three), selecting one smaller dish, one larger dish and a dessert. As someone who’s only ever had a two course brunch at most, to say I was excited for this veritable feast would be an understatement!

 

For my first “small” course I opted for a classic Eggs Benedict with Blythburgh ham and a hollandaise Sauce. This was a wonderful version of a classic dish: a perfectly poached egg with a lovely runny yolk, a nice thick slice of ham and a creamy hollandaise that had an enjoyable but not overpowering tanginess.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Having stalked Instagram for food pictures, I knew before I even sat down that for my second, “large,” course I absolutely had to go for for the mac “n” cheese. While the portion looks huge, it was the perfect size for a main and definitely lived up to the hype with its creamy cheese sauce and a perfect golden crispy cheese topping.

Both of my friends chose the buttermilk chicken burger and fries which, though I didn’t try any, looked delicious and was filled with freshly fried chicken, topped with a perfectly golden bun.

 

For our third and final course we all selected the Dark Chocolate Brownie with Vanilla Ice Cream. The dessert portion was fairly small, which was probably a good thing considering the amount of food already consumed, and the brownie was very rich in flavour. The only teeny tiny gripe that we all commented on was that that the brownie could have done with a tad more ice cream. But otherwise, this was the perfect end to a lovely brunch.

I had an absolutely fabulous afternoon at Avenue. At just £26 for three courses, and unlimited Prosecco or Bloody Marys on the side for £15, Avenue represents excellent value for money, even more so considering the area that it is in. For the entirety of our time there our glasses were never allowed to empty and the elegant vibe of the restaurant made it the perfect spot to start an afternoon with the girls.

Love, Sophia x

Avenue, 7-9 St James’s Street, London, SW1A 1EE

 

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