by Sarah Brown0
Review: Brunch with a View at Urban Coterie
Neon’s Sarah reviews Brunch with a View at Urban Coterie in Shoreditch. The restaurant from Searcys and Anthony Demetre offers a menu designed by the latter and Head Chef Killian Lynch that includes three courses and unlimited Mimosas for £32
Why does drinking in the morning feel so damn good? Main points that spring to mind include: It’s terribly naughty and means you can buy the world shopping afterwards and sing randomly in the street whilst feeling no guilt or shame. You often develop a burning desire for your bed around 9pm which is great for Sunday markets! You are left feeling buzzy, breezy and childish when the light is far too bright for this to routinely be the case unless you are A) A Sesh Gremlin (big love) or B) an actual happy person (girl please).
You may suppose my aforementioned penchant for morning drinking would mean I love to bottomless brunch. However in the past, bottomless brunches have left me to suppose I’m a money grabbing booze obsessed freak when really I’m just trying to catch the waitress’s eye because we’ve been left dry for 2 minutes (Godaah). Seriously though it’s uncomfortable having to push for the booze and none wants to spend their morning questioning if they’re Scrooge incarnate. That’s why I adored my bottomless brunch at Urban Coterie: the staff took every opportunity to top up our glasses so much so that we actually turned them down several times (Ok once).
The restaurant resides on the 7th floor of the M by Montcalm Hotel in Shoreditch and offers an incredible view of London with an abundance of glorious natural light flooding through the glass windows that surround the space. It’s a truly hilarious place to have a few drinks especially if you are placed close to the window as we were so you can look all the way down to the pavement and scare each other every so often. There was a general feeling of bright, radical camaraderie in the room as everyone was topped up by the same bottle meaning you were literally in this booze-up together (but not in an aggressive way – people maintained their personal space Thank God). The added benefit of the staff serving everyone from the same bottle was that our drinks were kept cold which is shamefully rare amongst bottomless brunches in London.
Urban Coterie’s three course brunch menu consists of an array of utterly decadent choices. To start I indulged in the ‘Scrambled Duck Eggs and Hot Smoked Salmon’ and my friend who shall hereby be named Fazzkale chose the ‘Slow Cooked Ox Cheek and Bacon Burger, N’ Duja Mayonnaise’. Her ox cheek was cooked exceptionally well and the mayonnaise tasted deliciously thick and homemade with a subtle hint of spice. Although my eggs were fluffy and buttery and my salmon was cooked well, I couldn’t help but think Fazzkale chose best. For our second course Fazzkale had the “Duck Confit, Poached Egg and Lentils” and I the “Classic Caesar Salad & Egg”. Again Fazzkale came resolutely on top (I know, obvs) as her egg was perfectly cooked and oozed over her lentils that were excellently seasoned. My salad was too heavily dressed for my liking which leads me to my one and only criticism: the menu lacked light fresh options that were needed to counteract the intensely rich nature of the dishes.
Based on my notes from the morning and the above mirror selfie it appears that by the time our dessert arrived Fazzkale and I were on fire. Apparently we shared an “incredibly creamy creme thing” and some “cofee” which I believe means we enjoyed the “Classic English Custard Tart” and “Coffee with Cannele’. From my somewhat hazy recollection I believe the custard slid down the throat delectably whilst the tart had the perfect amount of crunch, the cannele was fluffy and fresh and the coffee was adequate.
Overall I was very impressed with the our bottomless brunch at Urban Coterie. The food was made using good quality ingredients, the drinks were served crisply cold and the service allowed you to relax yet the bright but dangerous nature of the glass-riddled room added a bolt of excitement to the morning. At £32 the meal was certainly good value considering most bottomless brunches in London come to around £45 without the stunning view, buzzy atmosphere, abundance of booze and three quality courses.
Find out more here and book by calling 0203 8373108