Brunch is something of a phenomenon amongst our generation. But if you’re anything like me and make sure eggs and avo feature as frequently as possible in your mid-week, by the time the weekend rolls around, you’re on the hunt for something a bit different. Not just that but also, I’m that person who, sure, likes a leisurely weekend brunch, but also needs food as soon as I wake up, so by the time we get round to getting out for brunch, I’ve already had coffee, a snack, and then, I’m sort of over breakfast foods. It’s funny how we like to call any meal that features within the 48-hour Saturday-Sunday window “brunch” isn’t it. It’s basically just a meal where coffee and cocktails are a given.
Anyway, Brindisa in Shoreditch has the right idea with its new rice brunch. Paella. For brunch. Yep, this isn’t an up and at ‘em 8am situ. It’s more of a 1pm/ 2pm brunch… maybe a post-breakfast brunch. Anyway, if you’re into Spanish flavours and seafood, I’m telling you you’re going to love it.
I went post-breakfast, pre-Field Day with my friend Robyn. It was gorgeous and sunny so we sat out the back on the covered terrace — a little oasis of calm on Curtain Road.
We were over coffee, it was more about cocktails at this point so that’s where we started. Brindisa does a feisty Bloody Mary if you’re into them like I am… Perfect with some plump gordal olives stuffed with fresh orange and oregano.
A nice little mackerel amuse bouche from the chef followed…
Then it was time for the main event! Paella! Yep, in Spain, weekends are all about rice…big sharing plates of wholesome, delicious rice. There are 5 paellas to choose from on the Brindisa brunch menu, designed to 2 people to share (though, they could definitely fill 3 people if you got a couple snacks to share too). Robyn and I went for the Paella Marinara, what I think you’d consider the classic: bomba rice, prawns, cuttlefish and mussels. Boy, it was delicious. A flavourful giant pan full, packed with seafood, and some crispy pan con tomate served alongside to mop up every last bit. Yum. And for £30 for 2, bloody good value too.