Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Brunch anyone? Restaurant quality deliveries in London

I love brunch. Brunch to me says weekends, lazy days, a break from the daily grind. Out in the sticks of Hertfordshire I have to make my own but if you live in zones 1-4 in London I have some great news for you.

EatFirst is a delivery only restaurant which is already sending great quality starters, mains, sides and desserts (plus wines hand picked by a professional sommelier) to foodies in the Capital and has now added brunch to the menu (weekends only).


 Let me explain why I describe EatFirst as a delivery only restaurant rather than a takeaway.

There is no shopfront, no restaurant you can visit. Instead the company prepares all the food using fresh ingredients at kitchens near Canary Wharf, chills it to 3 degrees then delivers it in tip top condition with instructions on how to serve it for the best experience.

You book a delivery slot and someone will text to tell you when the food is on its way. Once it arrives you only need to spend a matter of minutes using an oven or microwave (if you've ordered food to be enjoyed hot) to have your meal ready to pass off as your own work serve.

Imagine - Eggs Royale with smoked salmon with still soft poached eggs, delivered with instructions on how you can have them hot but not overcooked.  With Australian chef Benn Hodges, formerly of Roka, The Century Club and The Club at the Ivy as Head Chef, this pioneering online restaurant start-up promises much more than a ready meal.


EatFirst brunch Charcuterie selection

So what is on offer for brunch? How about a brunch charcuterie board created with a "Best of British" collaboration with Borough market faves Cannon & Cannon?. Sliced smoked mutton, cured collar and culatello with a haggis and paprika Scotch egg (which was awesome!) with goat cheese, picked beetroots, fresh piccalilli, capers and flat breads.  Perfect sharing food for lazy days in bed with the one you love and the Sunday papers.


Middle Eastern spiced egg with baby spinach and Baba Ganoush

I loved the Teriyaki salmon with sesame egg- a wonderful fusion food which was light yet bursting with flavours to tantalise the tongue. And if you are a Baba Ganoush fan (it seems to be on every menu at the moment) you should definitely try the Middle Eastern inspired Za'atar spiced eggs with fresh baby spinach. (pictured above)


brunch from EatFirst #weeatfirst


My husband's favourite was the crushed avocado and eggs on sourdough (above) while my sweet tooth won over and I voted the fig and raspberry French toast (featuring Benn's gorgeous secret recipe creme patissiere) my best brunch. Only after trying three portions, just to make sure you understand.




Now brunch is obviously the perfect hangover remedy. EatFirst get this and so you can even order the makings of a medicinal Bloody Mary featuring Bloody Mary mix from The Pickle House and the perfect size bottle of Our/London vodka

So fundamentally what we have here is restaurant quality food you can eat in your pyjamas. I'm a big fan of anything involving food and my pyjamas so the new menu gets the thumbs up from me. And if you are one of the many, many people who work in London but don't live within zones 1-4, no need to pout. You can order food to your office on weekdays and make all those people with their egg and cress sarnies feel sad about their lunch.

Out of London? There are plans to expand so watch this space!

You can read more HERE about EatFirst, the chefs, how they label meals so you know exactly what is in them and how they deliver meals to charities including those supporting homeless people and vulnerable young people.

To order you can register on the website or download their app


EatFirst food delivery service in London

To be transparent, since I live outside London I have not actually experienced the delivery service or seen first hand how the food arrives but a quick peek online seems to show largely very positive reviews. I have passed on a voucher I was given to try the service to a friend who works in London and will update here when they report back. I was treated to a lovely evening out ( and a voucher) to try the food for the purposes of this review. Views and opinions remain honest and my own.

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