The problem with brunch on a Sunday morning in London is that everyone wants one. There’s a load of demand and in a very short space of time, every man and his iPad toting dog wants to sip a latte and enjoy a scrambled egg on stone baked soughdough. Right?
So when a quality establishment opens just around the corner, and, when it’s slightly off the beaten track, escaping the hordes of shoppers that flood to the established N1 brunch spots of Upper Street and Camden Passage, this has to be a good thing. Right?
“Sunday” is a new restaurant and brunch spot, opened on the Hemingford Road site of what was Christoffer Hruskova’s ”unpretentious bistro”, Fig. It’s been considerably made over, and although I quite liked Fig, Sunday’s got a fresh and reenergised interior. We arrived it evoked a casual cool, a place you would want to sit and read the papers. To sit and enjoy your sunday sleepy haze.
You’ll find a comprehensive brunch menu. A granola, fruit, eggs a few ways and the obligatory french toast. You know the drill.
I pride myself on my home cooked brunches, so to say that the dishes we had were solid is quite a compliment. Served on decent, chunky bread, with properly poached eggs and reasonable serving sizes. But perhaps because of my culinary leanings, nothing on the brunch menu felt terribly innovative. They were accommodating about removing salmon here and adding a poached egg there, which was nice. Coffee was well made from Caravan roast beans. The service we found to be solid and efficient with the bill coming to just over £20 including coffees.
But what most engaged me was the finer detail of the place settings and sideboards. A vintage glass paperweight adorned the bill, found objects used to store cutlery on side boards and neat little jam jars for the orange juice. It seemed to me that someone had put their heart into these touches. And rather than be trite or overdone, they landed perfectly.
Word has certainly got out, although it only opened in mid-summer, Sunday was heaving by the time we left. Some customers came in to make enquiries for later. Sadly, Sunday couldn’t transport us to an alternate reality with fewer seeking out their Sunday brunch, but we can’t blame them for that. And it’s great to have another quality brunch on the N1 Brunch list. I’ll certainly be back.
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Details for Sunday Hemingford Road N1
Sunday – Barnsbury
169 Hemingford Rd
London, UK N1(020) 7607 3868
Reviewer: Jared -
August 25, 2013