Things I ate last weekend: Beany Green, Vodoo Rays, Bourne & Hollingsworth brunch review

Last weekend I thought I’d get beach body ready with a feast on everything I wanted to eat: London is probably the hardest city for a diet, but the best one for brunch. Here are my reviews of Beany Green in Broadgate Circle, the Boxpark Shoreditch’s Voodoo Rays and the marvellously decadent brunch at Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings. IMG_0323-0

Beany GreenBroadgate Circle

The artisan Australian cafe Beany Green in Broadgate Circle made my tired Friday morning a little brighter with its lush healthy treats and its bright yellow, sunny decor.

At Beany Green you will find yourself spoiled for choice when it comes to what to order. You need to get a flat white at least once: after all, the lovely staff is actually Australian and they get the flat white right even when you ask for soy or almond milk to go with it.
If warm flat whites are too much for you on a summer morning, go for the Caffeine Hit smoothie, an iced healthy drink with a shot of espresso, banana, dates and coconut milk sure to fill you up and give you the hit of energy you need.
The best pick of the bunch however is the incredibly spongy banana bread, the cafe’s signature treat. It tastes even better if toasted and accompanied by mixed berries, but it’s already scrumptious on its own.

 

Vodoo Ray’s at the Boxpark

For a slice of truly New York style pizza, head to Boxpark Shoreditch’s new pizza heaven, Vodoo Ray’s. Fresh of the success of its Dalston branch, Vodoo Rays might not be what traditional pizza looks like for Italians, but it’s definitely worth a visit. I’m still too Italian to experiment with some of their flavours – the Dusty Springfield special with bacon dust, ground beef, jalapenos, lime, coriander sauce, tomatoes and red onions might have killed me for good – but a slice of Porky’s, with cumberland sausage meatballs, took me back to NYC for an hour. So did the whole of Vodoo Ray’s decor, which looks like a proper Manhattan style late-night pizza joint. 

What’s even better is that Vodoo Ray’s Boxpark is now serving the wonderful Lickalix ice lollies I so loved at Street Feast. Try the amazing Mango and Raspberry Swirl, or the Caribbean Twist with pineapple, mango and passion fruit. My commute back home just got better!IMG_0309

Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings

Everyone who loves a good brunch will fall in love with Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings’ weekend feast. I went in for the B&H Breakfast – choosing scrambled eggs on toast with bacon, bubble & squeak and roast tomatoes – and I went out struggling to walk after being tricked into ordering their decadent French toast as a dessert. I couldn’t really help it: everyone else was getting it and it just looked to good not to be eaten. IMG_0315IMG_0316

Everything at the Exmouth Market restaurant and bar is absolutely flawless. The bottomless Bellinis and Bloody Marys are – however dangerous – a clever idea worth of the best brunches, while the service at B&H is impeccable: attentive but not in-your-face, and most importantly paced enough to help you digest all that goodness in good time. Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings deserves its place on TimeOut London‘s top ten of best brunches in town – although it should probably be named the best ever. With a bubbly atmosphere and an incredibly well thought-through decor inspired to a colonial estate, it doesn’t get any cooler than this. IMG_0310

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IMG_0313Pictures: Carolina Are


Per prepararmi alla prova costume, lo scorso weekend ho mangiato abbastanza per sfamare un bastimento. A Londra stare a dieta e’ dura: eccovi le mie recensioni di Beany Green a Broadgate Circle, Voodoo Rays al Boxpark Shoreditch e il fantastico, decadente brunch a Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings.

Beany GreenBroadgate Circle

Il cafe artigianale australiano Beany Green a Broadgate Circle mi ha aiutata ad iniziare la stancante mattinata del Venerdi’ con un sorriso grazie alle sue opzioni sane ma gratificanti e al suo arredamento giallo e allegro.

A Beany Green vi troverete in difficolta’ nello scegliere cosa ordinare. Provate un Flat White almeno una volta: l’alternativa australiana al cappuccino, e’ servito in maniera impeccabile dal simpatico staff australiano, che lo fa perfetto anche quando chiedete di sostituire il latte normale col latte di mandorla.
Se fa troppo caldo per i flat white, provate il Caffeine Hit smoothie,  un sano frullato di banana, datteri e latte di cocco con uno shot di espresso per la giusta dose d’energia.
La scelta migliore e’ pero’ di certo il loro pane alla banana, il piatto tipico del cafe. E’ ancora piu’ buono tostato e accompagnato da frutti di bosco, ma e’ perfetto anche da solo.

Vodoo Ray’s at the Boxpark

Per una pizza in vero e proprio New York style, fate un salto da Vodoo Ray’s al Boxpark di Shoreditch. Dopo il successo della loro prima pizzeria a Dalston, le pizze di Vodoo Rays non sono di certo quello che cercano gli Italiani piu’ tradizionalisti, ma valgono la pena di essere provate. Sono ancora troppo italiana per provare alcuni dei loro spicchi – lo speciale Dusty Springfield con bacon, manzo, jalapenos, lime, salsa di coriandolo, pomodori e cipolle mi ucciderebbe – ma uno spicchio di  Porky’s, con polpettine e cipolle, mi ha riportata a New York per un’oretta. L’arredamento di Vodoo Ray’s, che sembra uscito da un diner di New York, ha fatto il resto.

Per migliorare il tutto, Vodoo Ray’s Boxpark ora vende i buonissimi ghiaccioli Lickalix  che ho mangiatoStreet Feast. Provate il Mango and Raspberry Swirl, o il Caribbean Twist con ananas, mango e frutto della passione. Quelli si che migliorano il mio ritorno a casa dal lavoro!

Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings

Gli amanti del brunch s’innamoreranno del banchetto che Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings prepara ogni weekend. Pensavo di prendere solo la B&H Breakfast – uova strapazzate, toast, verdure fritte e pomodori arrosto – ma poi ho visto tutti gli altri avventori ordinare il decadente French Toast con crema, frutti di bosco e caramello e non ho potuto resistere.

Tutto al ristorante di Exmouth Market e’ assolutamente perfetto. I cocktail sono senza fondo (pagate il primo e poi potete “ricaricare” il bicchiere a vostro piacimento) e lo staff e’ impeccabile: attenti ma non assillanti, e soprattutto non troppo veloci… altrimenti come faremmo a digerire tutte quelle delizie? Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings merita il suo posto nella top ten dei migliori brunch di TimeOut London – anche se probabilmente e’ il migliore in citta’. L’atmosfera e’ allegra e vivace e l’arredamento si ispira ad una casa delle colonie inglesi di fine Ottocento. Meglio di cosi’…

Foto: Carolina Are

 


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