Even after living in London six years I still cannot get used to the contrast of central London in the week; a hub of city workers scurrying around, and the weekend, lost tourists wandering Covent Garden or pacing up and down Brick Lane, if they are feeling adventurous. Then, for some strange reason about once every three months you find yourself in the city passing Moorgate or Bank; it is like the aftermath of an apocalypse, you feel like you are trespassing as you creep down the winding alleyways between huge soulless buildings. Thankfully I don’t work in the City, or Canary Wharf so I can appreciate the architectural beauty of our urban jungles. In recent years independent shops and cafes have slowly moved into these premises giving workers choice from the limiting chains haunting these areas.
Mid 2015 Beany Green opened their 5th branch in the refurbished Broadgate Circle between Liverpool Street and Bank. Beany Green is an Australian inspired coffee shop selling specialty coffee from The Roasting Party and delicious healthy (and a few unhealthy) light bites alongside. They have an alcohol license and have branched out into the formidable bottomless brunch, a brunch with unlimited booze usually prosecco or bloody Mary’s (to make it more acceptable to drink in the morning I assume).
I arrived with the coffee crew, four friends all slightly obsessed with caffeine and somehow involved in the coffee world.
For the bottomless brunch enthusiasts, I’m not waiting a moment before my mimosa is served and we browse the brunch menu. Noting, the couple beside us have a bottle of prosecco on ice to hand, no need to wait for your glass to be topped up.
No boring brunches here, I chose the above broccoli and corn fritters served with avocado, poached egg, chili pesto and added bacon.
The other breakfast choices at our table included a favourite of mine, shakshouka, eggs baked in a spicy tomato sauce served with sourdough to dunk in.
Finally the ‘Beany hash’ I delicious mix of chopped salt beef, potatoes, carrots peas and onions pan fried together with an egg on top. We all agreed the food was excellent not your average brunch with new flavours and combinations not always associated with breakfast but fitted the bill. My only gripe was that my poached egg was hard when i was expecting a gooey soft centre.
As we went for the full sweep on the menu we of course have to insure in a good variety of drinks, milkshake, bloody mary and mimosas all ticking the boxes we move on to dessert.
I have been looking forwards to trying their ‘award winning’ banana bread warmed topped with whipped cream and fresh fruit.
It lived up to the name, a nutty wholemeal flavour served wamed with the cream melting into the walnut studded bread. Not only that of course I have been looking forward to trying their specialty coffee, I go for my standard long black, with Roasting Party’s house blend ‘the Captain’. To learn more about Beany Greens coffee scene check out Brian’s Coffee spot with the link here.
Overall their bright sunny setting with floor to ceiling windows even on the rainy day that we had was lovely and the food is original but not over complicated. If you pick this venue for a bottomless brunch do remember that its primary use is cafe and is a fairly small space with around 14 covers so you are clustered around the tables a little, but in good company you won’t even notice.