Feasting on Q Brunch at Quaglino’s

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Brunch is a real indulgence and a true showstopper by definition and when you go to one of London’s best restaurants, well you know you’re in for a treat.

Q brunch at Quaglino’s is now firmly atop my list of London’s best brunches, so make sure you’ve got something to eat ’cause you’re about to get very hungry and let’s dig in!

The restaurant is one of the most luxurious I’ve been to in a while – every last detail is taken care of, even down to the staff having the most elegant uniforms imaginable. 

It’s a huge, impressive dining room centered around one of the most gorgeous bars. It’s decorated for Giovanni’s Gin Garden, serving a selection of Tanquery cocktails, making it look extra pretty just now. 

^^ Can you spot who my beautiful brunch companion was?

The menu is quite a complicated affair – we had to ask our waitress to explain it to us… Twice.

It’s a variation on a set menu in that you can order either two or three courses; the only thing I disagreed with is that the breads (including the French toast) are all starters, which for my taste is a little heavy.

Laura and I both opted for the bottomless Prosecco to toast our celebration of meeting each other – which the sommelier informed us was a very light variety of Prosecco, meaning that it wasn’t totally sparkling.

We marveled at our beautiful surroundings and caught up like old friends. It’s also a very sentimental restaurant for me as when I was younger my dad’s office was just round the corner from Quaglino’s so it’s always been a bit of a family haunt.

It was great to come home and show my parents all my photos of the newly decorated “family” restaurant.

Q brunch, though in a very formal and beautiful restaurant, is a very fun affair, with great music being played. I wish I had taken a video!

We took far too long perusing the menu as we were more than content to sip on our drinks and get to know each other a little better. 

And with such a lot of choice on the menu – the decisions were not easy to make!

I swore I wasn’t going to eat the bread. I wasn’t. I’m going to Croatia next week and I’ve been really good. Okay, maybe not at Egg Break, but still. No bread. 

Yeah right. It was still hot from the oven and was served with delicious butter – I had to have a taste, and it really was as good as I thought it was going to be.

Unable to resist the pull of the French toast even though it was a starter, we opted to share a serving. The poached peaches were delicious, and gave a delicious sweetness to the dish without making it too sweet. 
The bread itself was so soft and creamy: pure indulgence. 

For mains I ordered eggs royale which was something else! The smoked salmon was beautifully prepared and some of the best I’ve had in a long time. The egg itself was perfectly poached and oozy – just the way it should be.

It looked like a fairly small serving, but after the French toast that suited me just perfectly. It also was much more filling than it looks – it’s just so well and neatly presented!

The English muffin on the bottom was a beautiful touch instead of regular ol’ toast and gave the dish a beautiful light touch. 

I won’t lie, I did have major food envy when Laura’s exquisite croque madame came out. Oh my. There’s something so incredible about the way the French manage to make what is essentially a cheese and ham toastie so flipping good.

And Quaglino’s certainly didn’t let us down here – this dish is a corker, and probably a must order as well.

You can imagine the happy silence that was on our table when we started tucking into these!

After going totally snap happy, of course. Welcome to brunch with bloggers!

We may or may not also have tried a side of insanely good fries. All for the blog, it’s all for the blog. Seriously indulgent, but really quite excellent!

By this point I really was pretty damn full. But I can’t say no pudding, especially when Valrhona chocolate is involved. I remember the first time I had Valrhona: at one of our favourite hotels in Paris their hot chocolate is melted, dark Valrhona chocolate with scalding milk – and ever since I’ve been totally hooked. 
I ordered the chocolate marquise, feuillantine and crème anglaise and boy did I make a good choice! It was deliciously light, but had a great depth of taste and was all around a beautiful end to my meal.

Laura opted for the Valrhona tropia chocolate fondant served with cardamn ice cream. This girl has a knack for picking excellent menu options – I must remember this for next time!

Just look at it!

Isn’t she a beauty? And as her blog name promises – she was in high heels!

All too soon the Prosecco stopped flowing and there was no more food to eat, as we both had to dash off. For a luxury brunch the bill really was very reasonable – especially since the service was excellent and we only actually had to ask for a top up of Prosecco once.

It also really is an incredibly beautiful restaurant – we couldn’t resist taking some snaps before we left…

The first question my parents asked when I said I’d been back to Quaglino’s: “Do they still have that beautiful staircase?” Yes they do parents, oh yes they do!

If you’re looking for a stand out luxury brunch, bar or even dining experience this is the place you want to be!

You can’t take a blogger anywhere without her camera! 

Next time, I’ve got my eye on the Prohibition Afternoon Tea – it sounds fabulous!

It really was a delight to finally meet Laura and to take a luxurious trip back in time to this incredible restaurant. Quaglino’s you sure haven’t seen the last of me! 

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