REVIEW: Boondocks Bottomless Brunch, Old Street
WHAT? Think pancakes piled up with maple syrup and whipped cream, beef breakfast sausage and biscuits or Huevos Motuleños – fried corn tortillas with poached eggs, guacamole, black beans, plantain and salsa.
All washed down with US-style bottomless filter coffee, bracingly strong Bloody Marys or two bottles of Procecco for the princely sum of £20.
The brainchild of Virginian Bea Vo, the same Bea behind cute tea and cake chain Bea’s of Bloomsbury, Boondocks offers up indulgent burgers, nachos, buttermilk chicken and fried green tomatoes with the same care and attention to detail that makes every one of her ventures unforgettable.
Now offering brunch on the weekends, the menu starts your morning with heart-stopping specialities from across the pond. We tried fried chicken and all-American buttermilk biscuits with cheese sauce, surely a weapon in every local’s hangover arsenal.
WHERE? In between chi chi Angel and bustling Shoreditch, this beautifully lit 60-seater is a hop, skip and a jump from Old Street station – perfect for Friday night drinks or wandering around Redchurch Street cradling an extremely full belly.
WHY GO? There’s an infectious buzz about the beautifully lit 60-seater – it’s fun and indulgent.The walls are papered with tea-stained music sheets, lanterns and tree branches hung with thousands of tiny fairy lights – ideal for a casual date or Saturday brunch with friends. There’s a film club in the basement downstairs, too.
Only got time to pop in? Try the huge selection of drinks, from thick milkshakes (Key Lime Pie and Butter Crunch flavour, oh lordy) and sweet teas and lemonades made with Bea’s secret recipe, to cocktails, ice cream floats and craft beers. Leave your diet at the door.
HOW MUCH? We’d recommend the Bootsie’s Brunch Special – bottomless tea or coffee, OJ or Bloody Mary, choice of any main and two sides for £18. After all that, it seems silly not to add a bottle of bubbles to share for £15. Bea takes soul food seriously, and so should you.
DETAILS: Boondocksldn.com / 205 City Road, London, EC1V 1JN
Brunch is available weekends only from 9am-1.30pm.