You may remember that one of the favourite
parts of my New York trip last year was the brunches (read more about that here!), so you can imagine I was
pretty excited to be invited down to Andaz London, Liverpool Street to test out
the new weekend brunch menu at their New York style brassiere, Eastway.
The menu offers a combination of
traditional brunch classics alongside a few Andaz signature dishes, which are
reminiscent of the big apple’s East Village whilst also showing influence from
the quirky East London area in which the hotel is found.
The restaurant itself has an open airy feel, which creates a slightly more laid back vibe than the 5* luxury hotel next door. Weekend papers and large floor length windows spanning across one whole side of the room create the perfect spot to relax and look upon one of the city’s busiest business districts.
Upon arrival we were greeted by Ismael, who showed us to our table and gave us the all-important drinks menu to choose from. In true New York style, a boozy brunch is a must here with a whole host of refreshing cocktails on offer including bottomless cocktails for just £19 per person. They also offer a DIY Bloody Mary station, where you can create your own mixture from a range of flavoured vodkas for just a fiver.
With cocktails ordered (I opted for the
super tasty Mango Grasshopper), it was now time to make our choice on food.
With a bit of guidance from Ismael, I decided to go for what he assured me was
one of their most popular signatures the Smashed Avocado and Salmon and,
luckily for me, my friend Dana opted for the Crab Club Sandwich, which was the
other dish that had caught my eye.
Both choices were seriously good, with
flavour not being sacrificed for insta-worthy presentation. I particularly
liked the lime infused avocado, which gave the dish a more refreshing taste,
than your standard avocado breakies. We also helped ourselves to a selection
from the spread of freshly baked bread and pastries, which are a complimentary
extra with any brunch order.
Before we left, the Andaz team brought us
over a little surprise in the form of their Jerry’s Banana pancakes, which are
stacked with crispy bacon and Sailor Jerry’s rum infused maple syrup. As
pancakes go they were, for sure, up there with some of the best I’ve tasted.
Thick and fluffy they melted in my mouth and the warm gooey banana teamed with
the syrup was a dream. Despite feeling like we were full enough to burst before
the pancakes arrived, we quickly finished them off without a struggle.
For a slightly more upmarket feeling East
London brunch than some of it’s Shoreditch counterparts, Andaz London really
impressed. Great service, a varied menu and quirky touches like the
complimentary pastries and make your own cocktail station make it a great spot
for a special occasion or a weekend treat.
*I was invited to Andaz London on a complimentary basis in exchange for a review, however all opinions are my own