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Weekend Brunch at Bellanger, Islington

Going out for brunch is my weapon for combating weekend laziness and with the shock of the Brexit referendum result, it would’ve been quite easy to sit at home sulking/panicking/swearing *delete as appropriate*.  Instead, we sought solace at Bellanger, knowing the soothing powers of an elegant European grand cafe and feeling well looked after.

Bellanger Islington

The latest all-day French brasserie by Corbin & King (the dynamic duo behind The Wolseley, The Delaunay, Colbert, Brasserie Zédel and more) occupies a prime spot on Islington Green and its menu is a harmonious mix of typical dishes from Alsace and Mitteleuropa, plus brunch classics.  It’s full of old world charm and feels civilised without being too starry or stuffy – in fact, it’s a bit cooler than I’d expected.

Bellanger restaurant Islington

We booked a table just a few days before and were shown to a lovely corner table at the front of the restaurant where the windows opened to the Continental-style terrace.  The atmosphere was relaxed, with the faint hum of French chanson in the background, and the service was at an appropriate pace for a chilled-out Saturday midday.

Bellanger London

I’m usually in the mood for sweet things at brunch, so I went for Waffles with caramelised banana, chocolate and crème fraîche (£6.50).  When they arrived at the table, my eyes lit up and I couldn’t help feeling like a kid again.  The waffles were freshly-made with a crispy edge and fluffy centre with properly caramelised, soft banana, a sticky and rich chocolate sauce and a drizzle of smooth crème fraîche.

Given the very reasonable price, I’d imagined the waffles to be much smaller and more like a snack, but they were quite an event – just heavenly!

Bellanger waffles with caramelised bananas

Steven went for the large Eggs Benedict (£13), as we saw them coming out of the kitchen looking very tempting.  They were definitely some of the best Eggs Benedict I’ve tasted in London.  The eggs were poached to perfection with a slight tang of vinegar and covered with flavoursome Hollandaise, fresh chives and a tiny dusting of mild curry powder.  The ham was very subtle and the toasted English muffin was springy and fresh – overall a very satisfying brunch dish.

We washed them down with some lovely full-bodied English breakfast tea served in a large pot with refined monogrammed china.

Bellanger Eggs Benedict

Bellanger is a great spot for brunch in Islington, whether you’re up for a hearty cream, cheese and meat extravaganza à la Alsace or something a bit lighter.  I now can’t wait to go back and indulge in a Croque Madame, Schnitzel, Tarte flambée or maybe a comforting pot of Coq au Riesling or Carbonade. See you there!

For more information and booking, visit: www.bellanger.co.uk

Food images by Chérie City and interiors by Nick Ingram and David Loftus for Bellanger

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