by Aimee Sics0
REVIEW: KuPP Bottomless Brunch
Stop the press: we have officially found our favourite place for bottomless brunch. Yes, yes, we hear you… another brunch spot? Really? Well trust us on this: KuPP is a venue where you’ll be jumping on the bottomless brunch bandwagon before you can even look at the menu.
KuPP is a modern Scandinavian restaurant/café situated in Paddington Basin and has staged an impressive introduction to this somewhat bleak part of town. It’s been scoring lasting attention since it opened in 2015 as the eatery focuses on extracting wholesome, satisfying flavour from good produce. It’s no wonder people are singling it out; no RIP tag will be issued.
The Scandi-vibe is instant (we beg you to defer those IKEA images however!). The spacious, warehouse venue evokes a laid-back and simplistic aura, with exposed brick walls and ceiling-high windows that give way to uninterrupted views of the canal.
As for the food, well there’s plenty on the menu that validates our reasoning for being a favourite. It’s simple, uncomplicated food that transports you straight to the dining room of a Swedish home. It’s almost as though you’re expecting the wait staff to sit down with you, say “Smaklig måltid!” and commence eating as well.
If you’re there for brekky, you could start your working day with Fika — coffee and a pastry (must try is the classic cinnamon and apple scroll, dribble!); or perhaps go sweeter and order the Cardomom sugar pancakes (the neighbouring table gave us serious food envy).
Yet we were there for the bottomless brunch experience: every weekend, between 12-5pm, KuPP invite you to delve into their “Bottomless Smorgasbord Weekend Brunch” with bords, beer & cocktails for £30 per person. Essentially, this means that for 90 minutes, there is unlimited Smorgasbord refills alongside bottomless drinks including Czech Pilsner Krusovice, an Aquavit cocktail or a Bloody Mary. It’s across the bord excellent.
And there’s no need to remind yourself of any plot developments here: this is straight up simple and delicious food. With 90 minutes on the clock, there’s plenty of time to sample all three bords on offer. We started with the “Fiske Bord” that comes replete with home-cured Norwegian gravadlax, Atlantic prawn Skagen, house smoked trout and Hansen & Lydersen salmon — which we were informed is sustainably farmed between the Norwegian Sea and the North Atlantic, and traditionally hung and cold smoked for a minimum of 12 hours. Delicious? Ah, yes.
The “KuPP Bord” is apparently the most popular with crowds — and we can see why. You may as well ditch the pretence to be “healthy” and just dive into the house smoked pork meatballs, potted rabbit, chorizo sausage roll, Västerbotten cheese, and KuPP potato rosti. The Pilsner will remedy any post-indulgent thirst.
Our 90 minutes isn’t up yet: the “Smokin’ Roast Bord” is on its way. Think Sunday roast, but scaled down Scandi-style: beef, roast veges and gravy. Not our pick of the lot purely because the Fiske and KuPP set the bar high —yet delectable nonetheless.
The menu might be small for your bottomless brunch, but the bords will no doubt make any visiting diner satisfied with the variety on each. The Bloody Mary delivers on its promise and appeal; and the Acquavit cocktail is a refreshing surprise. Scandi-style g&T perhaps?
Service is impeccable — but not in-your-face-are-you-done-with-that kind of way. There’s no need to whistle at the waiter if you’ve got 5 minutes left on the clock for your last round of unlimited refills. They’re flexible and kind, and super chilled out.
You know what else has us cheering KuPP on? They’re non-braggy way of being Scandi but without using it as bragging rights or “cool” status. It just pushes good, simple food that coincidentally has a Scandinavian twist. We think we’ve given sufficient reasons to visit the basin on the weekends to rejuve that soul.
Unit 53, Merchant Square