Thursday, February 2, 2017

Brünch @ The Taproom - London Fields Brewery

You might remember that my friend Noemi ran a hugely successive pop-up, brünch - inspired by the healthy and wholesome brunch spreads she enjoyed with friends in her native Berlin. Now, Noemi's pop-up has a new, permanent home in the Taproom of London Fields Brewery and I was invited last week to celebrate the opening of this exciting new place to ... well, brünch!

It's pretty incredible.

From the location (just a few minutes away from bustling Broadway Market) to the setting (the cozy taproom of an indie Hackney brewery) to the amazing food and drink (think: buckwheat waffles and beetroot lattes), I couldn't help but get a bit teary when Noemi introduced us all to brünch's new home.

Here are a few things we tried, and my personal favorites:

For someone who quit drinking coffee five months ago (caffeine gives me the shakes!), the beetroot and tumeric lattes were music to my ears ... and heaven to my tastebuds (not to mention, great for Instagram!).

I love a shot of tumeric in my smoothies when I've got a cold, and this version - with warm milk and cinnamon - nearly sent me to sleep (in a good way).

The beetroot latte was gorgeous to sip and admire - it almost tasted like a hot chocolate! So much work goes into making one (I think the beetroot has to be ground into a paste-like mixture and prepared beforehand) that I don't think is something I could attempt at home. Not with my culinary skills (or lack thereof) anyway.

As always, I loved the Berliner Stulle - open-faced sandwiches with a choice of goat's cheese and caramelised apple or avocado on beetroot hummus or sweet potato hummus and feta.

But this fried egg on melted cheese and ham on toasted sourdough would be my first choice when I go back. Filling, tasty, and ridiculously good looking.

I think John would love the Berlin brünch platter: smoked Emmental cheese, German pepper salami, Berliner Fleischsalat, Northiam Dairy Farm cheddar cheese, smoked mackeral pate with horse radish, apple and chive, and fresh fruits - all to be picked at and eaten with warm sourdough bread from local bakery, Pavilion Bakery.

And then, there are the fresh buckwheat waffles with Rote Grütze and spiced cream sauce, which are terrific for sharing. I like to slather a little extra Nutella on top of mine - so, so good.

Here's a snap of Noemi when she was giving her tear-inducing speech (her mom was there - how adorable is that?!):

And here's a shot of the interiors I instantly fell in love with:

It's a place where you can sip your drink and just linger - perfect for a Saturday or Sunday morning.

Plus, the produce is locally sourced and the drinks have a connection to Berlin: Burford brown free-range eggs with gorgeous, bright orange yolks; cheeses and cold meats from New Covent Garden Market and a local Polish deli in Homerton; Michelberger 'Fountain of Youth' coconut water; Fritz-Kola; and Club Mate (a popular energy drink from Berlin) all grace the menu at brünch.

Thank you, Noemi and London Fields Brewery!

I hope to see some of you there soon! Which dish would you pick for your brünch?

I was a guest of brünch and the Taproom at London Fields Brewery - all opinions are my own. brünch at the Taproom, 365-366 Warburton St, London E8 3RR. Open Tuesdays - Sundays.


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