The city is eerily quiet on the weekend, but at the Modern Pantry in Finsbury Square it’s a different story. It’s a perfect brunch spot – you walk in past a gorgeous bar where cocktails and tapas are served and then there’s a large open dining room in the back. The tables are well spaced and are supplemented with booths around the room with egg-white hanging lamps.
It’s not your typical brunch menu, there’s no avocado toast in sight. Although I was originally disappointed by this, by the end I was completely won over. The food is seriously flavourful and they use inventive and unusual ingredients to transform ordinary dishes.
I met Serena here on a sunny Saturday morning and both of us being fans of ‘clean eating’ neither of us touched their cocktail menu, though I hear its great. I started with a latte and Serena went for a lemon and ginger tea, and it was brewed and served in a beautiful terracotta pot.
I went for the masala beetroot, carrot, potato and spring onion hash, served with endive, miso hollandaise and a poached egg. I added tea smoked salmon for an extra couple of quid – a quirky take on the traditional eggs royale. Serena went for your traditional fry-up with fried eggs, streaky bacon, portobello mushrooms and tomatoes. She mentioned that it wasn’t greasy at all and went down a delight.
If it’s brunch with a difference you’re after then The Modern Pantry is well worth stopping by.
Modern Pantry, 14 Finsbury Square, EC2A 1AH