THE NEW SUNDAY TREAT
It’s official! The Brunch is now the sophisticated alternative to Sunday lunch.
Ideal as a pick-me-up after a night out, a prelude to intensive spell of retails therapy or the perfect way to catch up with friends – the humble brunch has become the ultimate dining experience.
One of the first to offer an exclusive brunch experience is The Alchemist in both Trinity and Greek Street..
It was around mid-day when we arrived at the Alchemist in Greek Street, in bright sunshine and had to make the choice of either dining al-fresco or inside in the beautiful cool bar area. The bar area won and we took our seats at a table in front of the large picture windows so we could watch the world go by.
The brunch menu is varied and caters for all tastes including vegetarians or those who have dietary requirements offering everything from steak,eggs and hash browns, eggs Florentine, smoked salmon and scrambled eggs to Halloumi and advocado muffin plus many more dishes.
Brunch is a meal not to be rushed in fact it is to be savoured and included in the cost of the Sunday Brunch menu are three cocktails.
For our starter cocktail we chose Chase the Rainbow. A very refreshing summery drink served with a huge chunk of grapefruit and some fizz.
The brunch menu is tempting to say the least and it was hard to decide what to choose.
My partner opted for The American consisting of waffles with maple syrup, ham and eggs, which were poached to perfection. The plate was full and everything was cooked just as it should be.
I chose the English which was ultra big in size. Consisting of bacon, mushrooms, tomatoes, beans, black pudding and sausage and poached eggs there was far more than I could eat. The English is a mega plateful!
The English, with the exception of the black pudding and sausage was cooked exactly as it should be especially the eggs and the tomatoes. The black pudding was decidedly undercooked to the point of being raw inside, the same applied to the sausage and had to go back to be re-cooked. Black Pudding is a tasty Northern dish, and one of my favourites, but needs to be cooked well, almost to the point of the outside being crispy.
The English comes with a choice of toast or a bagel. I chose the bagel which was hot and delicious – toasted just right.
For our other cocktails we decided on a Lightbulb Moments – another refreshing tipple with a strong taste of ginger, raspberry, lemon and mint along with gin and pimms and moved outside into the sunshine to finish what was a decidedly relaxing and enjoyable experience that lasted well into the afternoon.
Saved by the Brunch is available from 10.00am – 2.00pm every Sunday at both the Greek Street (0113 200 5930) and Trinity (0113 246 0540)