The Lifestyle Post #28: Weekend Brunch at Andaz London

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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
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