124 Kensington church Street
020 7221 9225
by Pam de Mie
A smiling welcome comes packaged in a fresh summer's day atmosphere as you squeeze your way through the tiny entrance to Sally Clarke's restaurant. It is dedicated to brunch on Saturdays only, from 11am - 2pm. I love coming here after a morning spent at the local farmer's market, as choosing ingredients for cooking serves to titillate the taste buds in preparation for Sally's bountiful fare. There is an individual and very comprehensive menu to select from and you make your own combination if you like, but Sally has chosen flavours that marry perfectly.
We always start with her gusty take on a Bloody Mary as I adore that celery-laden kick of tomato juice & alcohol at midday. Should you choose 'Anton Mosimann's Birchermuesli with Apple', 'Toasted Hazelnuts and Yoghourt' or an 'Open Omelette with Irish Organic Smoked Salmon, Jersey Royals, New Season's Peas, Chives and Soured Cream', you are getting the best ingredients the UK can provide. This is the secret to Sally's success.
Our brunch for 3 cost £61.00 and there is a minimum spend of £12.00 per person, as well as a mobile phone ban. My order of 'Eggs Benedict on a Homemade English Muffin' was accompanied by spinach at my request. The eggs had perfectly runny bright yellow yolks and were high and round, not flat and watery. The muffin was not doughy in any way but light and crisply toasted, as was the pancetta. But the Hollandaise sauce was the piece de resistance: a generously vinegary presence which was perfect with the richness of the other ingredients.
As if that wasn’t enough, there’s another Clarke’s next door, which sells take-home versions of the very same breads, cakes, biscuits, eggs, fruits and vegetables, muesli, olives, cheeses - the list is truly, delectably endless.