Homegirl London’s Food Review: London Grind. Last Saturday Homeboy and I popped into this London Bridge restaurant, espresso bar and cocktail bar. It was too early for cocktails but we did enjoy the coffee! If you’re looking for weekend brunch near Borough Market, London Bridge restaurants or coffee shops in SE1, you must visit the London Grind.
“Tuck into a wonderful weekend brunch while you savour some of the best coffee in town,” Homegirl London
London Grind London Bridge Weekend Brunch Menu
We sampled the weekend brunch menu which had some lovely dishes and is served until 5pm. Savoury cooked treats included a full meaty or veggie English, flat iron steak with béarnaise sauce, flat iron chicken, a cheeseburger with fries and a breakfast burrito. Homeboy decided on the sweet potato harissa cakes with a poached egg. He loved this vegetarian delight which had a real kick to it thanks to the harissa. I tried a fork full and it was wonderful.
Sweet Potato Harissa Cakes with Poached Egg
I was trying to be virtuous (although it didn’t last!) so I went for the raw breakfast salad with avocado, grains and a poached egg on top. The presentation was lovely and colourful. Another healthy option was the smashed feta with chilli and poached eggs on toast, beetroot smoked salmon with eggs or a bowl of heritage tomato salad with buffalo ricotta. They also have a granola smoothie bowl, acai bowl with seeds and berries and gluten free porridge with orange and streusel (crumbly topping).
Raw Breakfast Salad with Avocado, Grains and Poached Egg
Okay, I admit, I didn’t stay virtuous for long because Homeboy really fancied trying the French banana toast with coconut cream. My arm was easily twisted so we carved this up and it was devoured in the blink of an eye. They also served buttermilk pancakes with syrup and blueberries. Other sweet delights included a few desserts such as a hot apple crumble Sunday and burnt vanilla ice cream … yummy! To give you an idea of price points the brunch dishes were £8-12, bowls £5-7, sides £1-4 and desserts £2-6. They also have a an all-day menu and weekday breakfast menu.
French Banana Toast with Coconut Cream
Grind is famous for their espresso so it makes sense to order yourself a coffee while you are tucking into your brunch. If you’re not a coffee lover you can try the red velvet hot chocolate or a chai latte. Healthy juice and smoothie combinations are featured. If you want something a little stronger I’d recommend the coffee cocktails! The Hot Flat White Russian is espresso mixed with vodka, kahlua and milk. The Espresso Martini is espresso with vodka and a dash of sugar syrup. Espresso Old Fashioned is single origin infused bourbon with sugar syrup and bitters. Otherwise you can partake in a cocktail, glass of wine or a beer. Enjoy!
London Grind London Bridge Interiors
The exterior is rather grand as it was previously a bank. Inside you are greeted with the cocktail bar and you can sit up at the counter on a stool if you want. The marble dining tables are placed either side of the bar. Decoration is industrial chic so think concrete walls and exposed pipes. They have a few red neon lights on the walls which gives the interior a shot of colour. Behind the bar you will find the open kitchen. It’s a lively and buzzy place to kick start your weekend with a delicious brunch.
London Grind London Bridge Information
To find out more about the restaurant go to the London Grind Website. The restaurant address is 2 London Bridge, London SE1 9RA. The nearest station is London Bridge and the building is located very close to Borough Market and The Shard. Current opening times listed are Monday to Thursday 7am until Midnight, Friday 7am until 1am, Saturday 8am until 1am and Sunday 9am until 7pm.
Author: Homegirl London. Photographs: All by Homegirl London except the interior image which is from the restaurant website. Thanks: Homeboy for dining with me.