Last weekend, we were in the mood for a trek around east London and began our jaunt with an indulgent brunch at Morty & Bob’s in London Fields.
Famous for its grilled cheese sandwiches, Morty and Bob’s quickly became a star of the street food scene and until recently had a little shack at Netil Market. Two years ago it laid down roots on the second floor of Netil House and has been serving up ‘wholesome and honest comfort food’ ever since.
Netil House is a vibrant institution in Hackney, housing over 100 studio spaces for creative businesses, including Glasshouse Salon, NT’s Bar, Netil360 and the Michelin-starred bistro Ellory.
Morty & Bob’s occupies NT’s Bar during the day and has a chilled out atmosphere and cool industrial design with simple wooden tables, cosy sofas and an abundance of plants.
The all-day menu is filled tempting breakfast bites, all-day dishes like Smashed avocado on toast, salads and soups, plus a selection of home-made cakes and Allpress coffee. The weekend brunch menu is similar but with the addition of more elaborate grilled cheese sandwiches and Bloody Marys.
We ordered the Brisket Benedict and a Grilled cheese sandwich straight up with mixed onions and shared.
The Brisket Benedict was absolutely delicious – perfect poached eggs with a bright orange yolk, velvety Hollandaise, fluffy English muffins and tender, slow-cooked brisket that wasn’t overly heavy on the spices (although it may be on the timid side for some palates).
If the Brisket Benedict was subtle and moreish, the Grilled cheese sandwich was an intense flavour explosion. Thick slices of golden, buttery toasted sourdough were packed together with a gooey mix of three cheeses, finely-cut red onion and slivers of spring onion. It was super-rich and satisfying – everything you want a grilled cheese to be!
We accompanied our food with mugs of Earl Grey tea and later strolled down to Soft Serve Society in Shoreditch for ice cream, however our plans were almost derailed by the most gorgeous-looking brownies at the counter. Next time, for sure!
For menus and booking, visit: www.mortyandbobs.com
All photos by Chérie City