Roasts, burgers, eggs – of the chicken, chocolate and emu variety – London’s best restaurants are presenting phenomenal specials over the Easter weekend. The Resident checks out 10 great places to eat over Easter
1 The Blues Kitchen
Because London loves brunch, The Blues Kitchen is open this Easter weekend with American style indulgences like Pig & Biscuits, buttery southern breads topped with juicy pulled pork, poached duck eggs, hollandaise sauce and crispy-fried bacon, and the Louisiana Creole Crab Benedict, crispy-fried crab cakes, with poached eggs and hollandaise sauce. Other brunch treats include Huevos Rancheros, fried eggs served on fried corn tortillas with chorizo, beans, cheese and salsa, and served with guacamole, and a short or tall stack of rich Buttermilk Pancakes covered in maple syrup and bacon. Brunch will be served from Good Friday until Easter Monday across all Blues Kitchen venues.
2 The Riding House Café and Village East
The Riding House Café and Bermondsey’s Village East are both extending their respective brunch menus in order to offer brunch on the Sunday and Monday of the Easter Bank Holiday. The Riding House Café is hugely popular for Sunday brunch, so enjoy their full Sunday brunch a day late on Monday. Meanwhile, Bermondsey’s Village East, will serve dishes such as the Campfire Breakfast with slow-roasted pork shoulder, barbeque baked beans & fried eggs or Malted Waffles with caramelised banana & vanilla ice cream. As an added touch, both The Riding House Café and Village East are offering complimentary village fountain cocktails on Easter Sunday and Monday.
43-51 Great Titchfield Street W1W 7PQ; ridinghousecafe.co.uk
171-173 Bermondsey Street SE1 3UW; villageeast.co.uk
3 The Lighterman, Kings Cross
The Lighterman opens officially at King’s Cross Tuesday 29 March, but there’s a soft launch over Easter. This huge new hotspot will take up the entire eastern side of Granary Square, offering three floors of all-day drinking and dining. As for the soft launch, it runs from Tuesday 22 March to Monday 28 March, and all food is 50% off. It’s ideal for trying something new over Easter.
26 Wharfdale Road, Lighterman House, Kings Cross N1 9RY; thelighterman.co.uk
Darbaar restaurant will feature a unique, exclusive rabbit dish created by award winning Chef Abdul Yaseen especially for Easter. It’s described as a tender baked leg of rabbit on the bone, paired with Rajasthani chilli & corn sauce for a flavourful, memorable Easter meal.
1 Snowden Street, Broadgate Quarters EC2A 2DQ; darbaarrestaurants.com
5 Asia de Cuba, Covent Garden
Asia de Cuba, London’s most original Asian Cuban fusion restaurant, will serve up a signature Easter roast by Chef Louis Pous: El Lambchon roast. This is a fresh twist on the typical British roast, a Cuban slow roasted lamb with a range of Asian-fusion sides such as maduros, black beans, fried rice, Chinese eggplant, plantain fricassee and shiso mojo. There is also a selection of fresh ceviches and salads to choose from. This exclusive experience will be available to share on Sunday from 12pm to 10pm.
45 St Martin’s Lane, London WC2N 4HX; morganshotelgroup.com
6 Polo Bar, The City
Polo Bar is open 24/7 for fantastic pancakes and fry ups. This Easter, they’re chock full of interesting Easter specials such as homemade pancakes with mini eggs, cream and crowned with a créme egg. Then, there’s the intimidating Emu Scotch Egg challenge: if you can finish it in fifteen minutes, the prize is a bottle of prosecco. And finally, a companion to our other novelty Easter burgers, Polo Bar has an ostrich burger on the menu.
176 Bishopsgate, London EC2M 4NQ; polo24hourbar.co.uk
7 Absurd Bird, Spitalfields
Rooster is said to be more flavourful and plentiful than the average chicken and Absurd Bird would like to prove it. This Easter weekend, they’re serving rooster two ways. Either as a burger marinated in their secret sauce with Montgomery Cheese, Bacon and Chilli Jam, or as a bucket of fried drumsticks, wings and thighs slathered in Sticky BBQ, Garlic and Parmesan, Spicy, or Glazed, rooster’s on the menu.
54 Commercial Street, London, E1 6LT; absurdbird.com
8 Melt Room, Soho
Melt Room, home of London’s favourite grilled cheeses, has a special offer for an off-beat, casual way to eat this Easter. Their new Easter melt features traditional honey roast ham along with heapings molten cheddar cheese and finished with piccalilli. This Easter melt can’t be found anywhere else and can’t be missed.
26 Noel Street, London W1F 8GY; meltroom.com
9 Sweet Things Bakery, Notting Hill
Sweet Things Bakery has an Easter range of truffles available this year. Not only are they delicious, but they’re gluten and dairy free. Owner and MasterChef 2014 finalist Natalie Allen has created these chocolate truffles with finest Callebaut Belgian dark chocolate (54% Cocoa) combined with water for a smooth ganache. They’re then dipped in either Cocoa or white chocolate and colourful sprinkles.
138 Regent’s Park Road, London NW1 8XL; sweetthings.biz
10 Lanes of London, Hyde Park
Lanes of London, situated centrally by Hyde Park and Marble Arch, has a special Easter dessert available from Good Friday until Easter Monday. A round chocolate shell covers a decadent red berry parfait that is then served with a heady Valrhona chocolate sauce for pouring.
140 Park Lane, London W1K 7AA; lanesoflondon.com