One of the benefits of living in a gentrified area is the vast selection of delicious brunch places. Yummy mummy's love late breakfasts and early lunches, and Clapham Junction's Brew at 45 Northcote Road SW11 INJ is usually jam-packed for brunch throughout the week. Brew does not take reservations which sometimes means that there is a short wait for a table, but they try to make the best of their limited space by borrowing the neighbouring restaurant's outside space for weekend brunches (weather permitting).
Image courtesy of Brew's website
Brew's claim to fame is their breakfast and brunch food. Their menu is relatively simple, with heavy emphasis on egg-based dishes (though their Blueberry Pancakes (£8) and Sweet Corn Fritters with bacon (£9) are also enormously popular choices). I usually order the Turkish Eggs (£8), a rather brilliant combination of poached eggs, Greek yogurt and chili oil, spread over their homemade sourdough bread. My housemate religiously orders the Turkish Pide Melt (£9) with ham, Gruyere, tomato, poached eggs and pesto on sourdough bread. Considering that the two of us meander down to Brew about once a week, it says something that we both continue to order—and love—the same dishes. It also says something that we always debate trying something new as the special scrambled eggs emerge from the kitchen.
This is not to say the menu is limited to breakfast foods, indeed, they have lunch and dinner menus, as well as cakes, smoothies, milkshakes and healthy juice drinks. The service is sometimes slow or chaotic (understandable in light of Brew's tiny square footage) but the managers are ever-present and ensure that each customer is satisfied with their dining experience.
One of the best parts of living in a city the size of London is discovering your locals, the little treasures that you are somehow blessed to have just down the street. Brew is one of those establishments—worth trekking across the city for if you have to.
PS. According to Brew's website, while Londoner's can now enjoy Brew by moonlight, New Yorkers can get in on the fun too. They have just opened a store on Lafayette and Grand.