Food

London Faves | Rudie’s Brunch

September 17, 2016
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With a busy spell of trips, races, festivals and the like, it’s proved somewhat of a rarity to find myself in London at a weekend over the past few months, let alone without moving house duties, so brunch dates have been put on ice. An issue because I love brunch. But the weekend before last, I finally found myself a free Saturday so got things moving again with a delectable Caribbean brunch at Rudie’s.
You might remember, I’ve told you about — hmm, more like gushed about — Rudie’s before, and just as a warning, I’m about to do the same all over again. Another foreword, if you’re that person who only eats avocado on sourdough for brunch, stop reading here, because — shock — that doesn’t even feature on the menu at Rudie’s. It’s more one for those of us who like their off-the-beaten track brunches. Ones that aren’t really brunches at all but more late morning meals with justified cocktails, okay?
So let’s get started. It was a dreamy day so my pal, Chloe, and I sat outside in the sunshine, pretending we were actually in the Caribbean (only, really, it was chaotic Kingsland Road). The deal here with brunch is that if you order 2 courses each you’re entitled to unlimited rum punch so obviously, we did that. Because who wouldn’t do that? We nattered away over extra crispy, delicious jerk calamari (that ‘I don’t care that it’s been deep fried 4 times' type of delicious) and a pot of moreish saltfish and ackee bakes, knocking back our rum punch as we went.
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 For the main (it was here that I realised brunch should totally always have a starter and a main), I umm-ed and ah-ed for a while before deciding on the shrimp salad — an unusual choice for brunch I know, but my goodness it was SO tasty. The tastiest salad I’ve had for a long while with big marinated grilled shrimp, chunks of fresh mango, avocado, leaves and a lime dressing. SO fresh and so good.
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‘Course, I couldn’t resist getting sweet potato fries for us to share too…
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 Chlo went for the jumbo shrimp, another total winner. 3 marinated and grilled, shell-on prawns came with a leafy, avocado salad, a dip, and some homemade festivals, which we’d never heard of but are like Caribbean savoury doughnut sticks, or like baby small baguettes. We got some plantains on the side too — 'cos what's a Caribbean meal without plantain?
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 Naturally, we managed to knock back a couple more drinks whilst devouring the spread and basking in the sun… I moved on from the punch to try the AD 1494 which is their version of a Negroni and a bloody huge one at that — yeesh!
As brunches go, I’d say this one was the dream! Clear a Saturday and make your way down to Rudie's pronto.
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