Bottomless brunch has fast become one of London’s favourite ways to spend the morning after the night before. So when Daisy Green in Portland Village invited us to put their Aussie-style offering (featuring rumoured hangover cure charcoal sourdough) one Sunday, we didn’t need much persuasion.
Tucked in the backstreets of Marble Arch, Daisy Green is a gem of a cafe. You’re welcomed into a simple coffee shop, with stools at the window and a mouth-watering spread of homemade cakes at the counter. Nip down the stairs, however, and you’ll find yourself in a sprawling indoor/outdoor grotto dotted with cosy tables and tropical decor.
We took a seat outside and turned our attention away from our hangovers and onto the menu. For £35 a head, you’re promised one heck of a spread, with two courses and bottomless cocktails. The dishes on offer cover everything from granola “with flowers” to roti-wrapped bacon doused in Holy Fuck Hollandaise. But first thing’s first: Hare of the dog. Prosecco mimosas are topped up with freshly-squeezed OJ (pulp and all!). Like any good Aussie cafe, Daisy Green’s coffee is on point and comes adorned with some impressive latte art.
And then, the food. So. Much. Food. Seriously – go hungry. “We like to serve generous portions”, said the waitress. She wasn’t lying. The banana bread sandwich arrived as two inch-thick slices containing a mound of mascarpone and berries. Moist and lightly spiced, it’s clear to see why this is an award-winning bake. The granola was equally good – chewy and crunchy at once, with a sweet tang from dried cranberries. Coconut bread french toast made for a sweet, nutty mouthful, balanced by zingy coulis and fresh fruit. And finally, that famous charcoal sourdough – its faint smokiness best complemented with a good dunking of egg.
Daisy Green have gone to great lengths to make classic brunch dishes their own, sourcing nutrient-rich superfoods that bring an edge to each dish. Dukkah (an Egyptian blend of ground nuts and spices) gives texture and seasoning to the poached eggs and avocado. The coconut french toast is topped with protein-rich bee pollen, and chia seeds scatter the granola along with those delicate flowers.
With fantastic food, excellent coffee and warm, attentive service, it’s hard to find anything to complain about here. Our only criticism (which isn’t really a negative) would be the sheer volume of food – the portion sizes are a little overwhelming, and we hate to see good food go to waste. But the real question here is whether or not it cured our hangovers. The jury’s still out on the scientific benefits of that sourdough, but there’s one thing we know for sure: nothing cures a banging headache quite like a banging brunch.
We The Food Snobs x
P.S. You can win your very own free bottomless brunch for two at Daisy Green by entering their #DateWithDaisyGreen Instagram competition.