Everyone knows Quaglinos, it’s been open for decades and needs no introduction. In an effort to up their weekend mid-day offering they’ve started serving Saturday brunch and Sunday lunch. StyleNest headed over to the Mayfair basement restaurant to see what’s what.
For those who haven’t been to Quaglino’s in a few years, the place has been given a make-over. It’s all dimmed lighting, mirrored walls, black, gold, and velvet. The décor is a sort of hybrid between a plush Dubai hotel lobby and an underground nightclub – this has made it very popular with a young, dressed up crowd who visit London at the weekend.
The atmosphere here is livelier at the weekend, which makes brunch or Sunday lunch a better time to visit than mid-week. We sampled the three course menu, which has usual brunch suspects like Eggs Benedict as well as more typically a la carte options. We started with an unctuously flavoured shellfish bisque which came with crab bonbons affixed to the bottom of the bowl with dollops of aioli. The best dish of the meal, flavours were excellent.
Next course was their steak with fried egg, and a tuna tartare with chips. I’m quite dubious of steak in restaurants that don’t specialise in it, but this one was surprisingly tender and had good flavour. The tuna tartare was perfectly adequate, although a little on the sweet side – I prefer fish tartares with a sour chilli dressing rather than a honey/soy sauce one. An accompanying dish of ripe heritage tomatoes was better than expected.
Pudding was a chocolate orange fondant with Cointreau ice cream. The opposite of a light finish to the meal, it was gooey, thick, and outrageously rich. A crowd pleaser.
For a fun, girly brunch in Mayfair without a crushed avocado on toast in sight, Quaglino’s delivers.
Saturday Brunch and Sunday Lunch priced at £29 for three courses, with the option to add bottomless prosecco for an additional £20.