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