Some of my best nights have ended at VQ because there’s nothing better than piling into a black cab from Soho and heading back to Chelsea with friends, deciding to stop off at VQ for one last drink to err, try and sober up at four in the morning.
Previously called Vingt-Quatre and now abbreviated to simply VQ, this 24-hour establishment has had a bit of a revamp and I really like it.
Popping in the other day for lunch reminded that I used to always come here for brunch for hungover Sundays. And looking around, I could see that there were a few people who were also popping in for casual meetings or alone with their laptops. I had almost forgotten that VQ literally meant 24 hours and not just after hours, which is why it’s so legendary.
For lunch, my friend and I tried the kedgeree, the bubble & squeak as well as the sweet potato fries.
The amount of times I’ve stumbled in and ordered a burger or something appropriate to soak up the night’s cocktails. But in the cold light of day, my friend and I decided to go for something lighter.
Still, we didn’t shy away from trying VQ’s brownie.
On the side, we sipped freshly squeezed orange juice and coffee.
I love that VQ’s had a new lease of life because it’s reminded me of what’s on my doorstep. Admittedly, I hadn’t been in a while before the facelift but I’m definitely planning to head back soon again. Look out for my tweets! 😉
Yesterday, I attended a meeting at Granger & Co on Westbourne Grove, about exciting stuff I can’t wait for you to find out about.
I’d been to the one in Sydney many moons ago and I couldn’t wait to try this place out. Having scoped the online reviews on the way there, I was admittedly feeling slightly apprehensive. But as soon as I arrived, I could see what a popular local haunt this was.
The meeting lasted 3 and a half hours, so we saw the yummy mummies in the morning and the sophisticated lunch time crowd fill the place up.
As for the food …
I had the scrambled eggs with gravlax. I didn’t try the toast but I can vouch for the eggs, which were fantastic – as was the gravlax.
I remember being taken to Bill’s in Sydney and being told that they were the best in town. Well, these were damn fine too.
I don’t usually drink coffee but was curious to try Bill’s, which I had with soya milk. Yes, as well as yeast and rye, I’ve discovered that I have a dairy intolerance too. So tedious, but soya milk was so much better to drink because I didn’t feel bloated after.
All in all, it was a great morning. Reviews have mentioned the slow service and admittedly we did have to chase up an order later on in the morning. But other than that, we were very well looked after and our waiter was lovely and attentive. So if you’re looking for somewhere laid back with good food and surroundings, Granger & Co is definitely worth checking out.
Yesterday’s brunch at Tom’s Kitchen was delish so of course, I feel the need to share.
We booked our table first thing in the morning and maybe because it was the first weekend after New Year, we managed to snag a place upstairs. Normally, Tom’s is very busy for weekend brunch so it’s always a good idea to book.
My choice of dishes definitely made yesterday’s brunch one of my healthiest yet(ish). I ordered the cod with pumpkin purée, with a side of spinach sautéed in garlic. That’s right, no eggs benedict or English breakfast.
Whilst the bf ordered the burger with fries. And needless to say, a few of the fries made their way to my plate!
Instead of ordering a Bloody Mary, we opted for a Vodka Soda with fresh lime, which I have decided is going to be my January drink. It’s refreshing, low calorie and doesn’t contain sugar. I knew I was never going to be completely teetotal during January. I’ve never tried before because the first month of the year is always too gloomy to not have any fun at all.
After our main courses, the bf also ordered the coffee creme brûlée, which I didn’t try but apparently it was very good!
So all in all 2012’s first brunch of the year was a success. Hopefully this is a sign of what will be a delicious year!
Café Delice is one of my favourite places to go for brunch. Located on the Fulham Road, it’s a real local’s hang out. A great place to while away the hours with the weekend’s papers and a detoxing glass of OJ.
154 Fulham Road, Chelsea, London, SW10 9PR. 020 7244 8316