One of the best things about living in London is the plethora of incredible weekend brunches available. I don’t know if anyone will ever be able to try every single brunch in the capital but i’m more than happy to make it my challenge. Who’s with me? The most recent on my list of bottomless brunches was at Las Banderas on Wardour Street in Soho. Where the aim of the game is fantastic Latin food and wine, perfect to get you in the mo od for a fiesta! I was invited through Love Pop Ups London to try this brunch out!
Disclaimer: We were invited for a complimentary brunch in return for a review, all opinions are my own
We headed down to the wonderful Las Banderas at around 1:30pm on a Saturday and were pleasantly welcomed in by a friendly face who showed us to our table in the corner and our bottomless brunching was then off to a flying start. It was reasonably busy in the restaurant and everyone seemed in great spirits which made for a great atmosphere. There are two floors to the venue but everyone was seated upstairs when we visited which was far more light and airy than the downstairs seating.
This brunch is valued at £32pp and lasts for 90 minutes, and so we promptly started with drinks, which are obviously the reason that bottomless brunches are so popular! What I loved about Las Banderas Brunch was that instead of the standard prosecco, there were a few drink options (and they certainly didn’t scrimp on the sauce) You’d definitely get your money’s worth if you went here!
We started with the White Sangria which was sweet and refreshing and came in a large jug and so you didn’t have to keep waiting for top ups, which is always a good thing. I could’ve drunk this all day long but wanted to make sure I tried all the options so that I could let you know which was my favourite!
The food menu isn’t huge, but they have a variety of different tastes and dishes that I wanted to try all of. In the end I opted for the Meatballs Brekki – Spanish Albondigas, Bravas potatoes with egg on top & salad. This was delicious. I don’t eat a huge amount of Spanish/Food and have never had a brunch with this cuisine and so it made a lovely change from the standard avo and eggs on toast. The sauce was tasty and the meatballs were full of flavour and cooked perfectly. The star of this dish for me was the bravas potatoes, I can be quite fussy with potatoes and these were exactly the sort of thing I like. The only issue I had was that the plate may have been a little small for the amount of food on it and so I kept dropping things off of the sides – but this could be due to the fact that I’ve never been very talented at using a knife and fork…
My friend, Abi, went for the sweet and savoury option of the Sweet Iberico Sensation – American style pancakes topped with Jamon Iberico, maple syrup, strawberries & sugar coated walnuts. This was incredible looking and I automatically had food envy the moment this turned up at the table. Luckily for me, my friend was nice and let me try some of her dish. The Jambon was AMAZING. You could tell it was of a really high quality and worked so well with the sweetness of the strawberries, pancakes and maple syrup. If I were to brunch here again then there’s no doubt about it that this would be the dish that I would go for.
In between our main and pudding, we decided to test out the classic sangria. I didn’t think I was going to enjoy it more than the white sangria as I am more of a white wine drinker than red wine but this surpassed my expectations and I feel this worked better with the meal as a whole, would definitely recommend trying a jug of this!
I was quite full from my main course but that didn’t stop me enjoying pudding. I’m not sure these are included in the bottomless brunch but you can easily add them onto your bill if you’re not filled to the brim. We decided to get 2 puddings to share between us and to eliminate any more food envy! We picked the: Churros & Chocolate Sauce and the Chocolate Fondant – warm melted chocolate fondant, vanilla ice-cream. Both of these were delicious. I’m a big fan of churros and these were on point, and also probably the straightest churros that i’ve ever seen in my life! the chocolate sauce was great too, i’m not a fan of when it’s really dark chocolate so this was perfect! The chocolate fondant hit the spot. So gooey in the middle and so rich and chocolatey. We didn’t manage to finish this but we gave it a very good try!
We finished off our experience with a bottle of cava and were able to stay for another half an hour after our brunch finished to enjoy it which was lovely and made a change from most places as you get rushed out the door almost as soon as you’ve taken your last sip.
All in all, I really enjoyed our bottomless brunch at Las Banderas. The drinks were never low and that is something i find very important and the food was tasty, well made and presented. The only thing I would say is that if the deserts are not included then you may be paying a little more than you normally would for 2 dishes during a boozy brunch…but they’re well worth it.