Breakfast, brunch, petit dejeuner, breakie, morning meal, tea and toast, whatever you call the first meal of the day we all know how important it is and as a city we can’t get enough of it. So to start your day off on the right foot head to one of Fulham and Parson’s Green’s best breakfast and brunch spots *article updated on 23/07/15*
1 Hally’s, Parsons Green
Since opening in 2013, Hally’s in Parsons Green has barely had an empty table. Friends, family, babies and dogs flock for breakfast and brunch at this laid-back Californian-style café. It’s impossible not to love this place – slung-together interiors that eludes million-pound restaurant designers, good-looking staff and excellent Cali-inspired food. There’s something for every mood: if it’s sweet, go for the ricotta pancakes with berries, fig, honey and crème fraiche; for a savoury mood, we’d recommend the avocado on sourdough with chilli, lemon and rocket. Delish. Dinner at Hally’s is currently on hold but keep an eye out on the website for further news of a relaunch later on this year.
2 Le Pain Quotidien, Parsons Green
Le Pain Quotidien has recently upped its breakfast offering with the addition of a new brunch menu on Saturdays and Sundays that will fill you up until well beyond lunch. Firmly waving the Tricolore, the weekend brunch menu is full of French favourites: cured meats, baskets of pastries, bowls of coffee big enough to swim in and jams galore. Choose between The Angler, The Botanist, The Butcher or The Farmer, depending on whether it’s meat, fish or grains that take your fancy for breakfast. The Botanist includes a quinoa tabbouleh with guacamole, while The Angler comes with a soft-boiled egg and salmon. All come with a selection of yogurt, granola and breads or pastries, plus juice. Le Pain Quotidien’s brunch menu is a little on the pricey side, starting from £14.25, but it does fill you up.
3 Manuka Kitchen, Fulham Broadway
Although largely a lunch and dinner spot, Manuka Kitchen is open for brunch on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 3pm. Its location has been described by AA Gill as the ‘un-French, un-Russian, un-bankery end of the Fulham Road’, which nicely sums up its home by Fulham Broadway. It’s a small, welcoming place and one that serves quite excellent coffee. Brunch consists of the likes of blueberry pancakes; corn fritters with bacon, chutney and sour cream; eggs Benedict with straw chips; crushed avocado with feta and mint bruschetta, and poached plums in rose syrup with cashews and yoghurt. Prices are very reasonable and the food certainly the best you’ll get in that corner of Fulham.
4 Chairs and Coffee, Fulham Broadway
Chairs and Coffee, so called due to the arrangement of hanging chairs on the ceiling and walls, is right next to Manuka Kitchen and often gets overlooked in favour of its neighbour. But don’t walk past without stopping in for at least a cup of coffee. It is one of the best cups you’ll get in Fulham. If you have time pull up a chair – there are loads – and have a croissant or fresh pastry with your coffee. The Fulham café also does granola with fresh fruit and yoghurt for breakfast, toasted sourdough with a whole host of toppings, scrambled eggs with a whole host of sides, sandwiches with a whole host of fillings, and an amazing toasted banana bread with fresh fruit and honey.
5 St Clements, Parsons Green
A relative newcomer to Parsons Green, St Clements opened in the latter half of 2014 and brought with it a kitchen full of seasonal goodies. In the winter food is comforting and hearty, while in the summer it’s lighter and fresh. Organic porridge is served with grated apple, toasted coconut and honey, while eggs come with avocado, dukkah, chorizo and other exotic ingredients. The health-conscious are sure to find something they like between the spelt muffins and smoked mackerel with pink grapefruit.
6 The Power of Yoga Juice Bar, Parsons Green
It makes perfect sense for a studio full of hungry, thirsty yoga bunnies to open a healthy-eating café to feed them post savasana. The Power of Yoga Juice Bar is a lovely little spot for breakfast in Fulham, it’s calm, quiet and smells lovely – a mix of the incense and freshly-made gluten-free treats. The juice bar specialises in juices (obviously!) and smoothies, with the likes of spirulina, almond milk and wheatgrass featuring highly. But you can also refuel with a solid breakfast: there’s gluten-free homemade granola, avocado on toast and various other sweet but wholesome treats such as protein bars. Also arriving soon will be a range of freshly-made (that morning) salads, smoothies and drinks to take away.
7 Boma, Fulham
Boma is so popular it’s got two sites within about 10 minutes of each other. The first is on Wandsworth Bridge Road. It’s a little smaller than its sister on New King’s Road and has the benefit of a small terrace for the summer. Both are run by smiling Australians, a country that knows its breakfasts and brunches. Cocktails are a strong suit so we’d recommend going for your Bloody Mary fix, although there’s also Bellinis and Bucks Fizz to choose from too. Brunch is served all day, from 9am during the week and 10am on weekends. There’s eggs in many different ways, – Benedict, Florentine, Royale – a Full English, lighter options like granola and yoghurt, plus ‘build-your-own’ breakfasts, with avocado, sausages, bacon, salmon and banana bread all among the offering.
8 Del’Aziz, Fulham Broadway
Del Aziz’s breakfast menu is something a bit different to the smashed avos and granolas – although it does that too. The Mediterranean restaurant serves the likes of The Frying Pan (chorizo, bacon, onions, piquillo peppers, mushrooms, potatoes, baked eggs and cheese glaze), Berber pancakes (Moroccan spongy pancakes with vanilla cream, honey and roasted almonds) and Merguez sausages with couscous and berber broth (North African lamb sausage spiced with harissa, cumin and garlic). Swish your choice down with a fresh juice blend or Turkish coffee.
9 Joe’s Brasserie, Wandsworth Bridge Road
On Saturdays and Sundays Joe’s Brasserie on Wandsworth Bridge Road serves a concise brunch menu that will make hangover decisions less painful. There’s eggs Florentine or Benedict, a full English or if you’re feeling alternative, smoked chicken hash with poached egg and Hollandaise sauce. Joe’s has become something of a Fulham stalwart and the room fills up quickly; in the summer its terrace is lined with sunglasses-clad blondes and men in crisp pastel shirts.
10 Drawing Room Café, Fulham Palace
Combine brunch or breakfast with a morning of culture at Fulham Palace’s Drawing Room Café. For a quick bite, there’s bacon baps or a sausage sandwich in focaccia but if you’ve time to linger, order the Bishop’s Brunch (bacon, sausage, mushrooms, eggs and sourdough) – it’s the virtuous version of a full English or the Boston baked beans, with chorizo, feta, red peppers and toasted sourdough, which are served until 12pm. In the summer have your breakfast outside in the gardens.