Stop! Alert! Some seriously good brunch has been discovered.
I visited The Modern Pantry in Clerkenwell back in March but somehow missed reporting just what a charming place it is.
Think of light, airy rooms with high ceilings and large windows. Think of a simple yet stylish interior in grey and white.
Think of a brunch menu that includes BEEF RENDANG and CURRY LEAF WAFFLES and almost no traditional British fare that the aesthetics imply, and that one would expect on a brunch menu.
For lovers of bacon and eggs, fear not – these may be obtained. However, there are some adventurous items on this menu that are bound to please.
I took the Rendang Mince on Toast with a Crispy Quail’s Egg (~£9?). Rendang is a beef curry that originate from Indonesia but is popular across other parts of Asia, including Malaysia, Singapore and the Phillippines. It uses coconut milk and a mix of spices such as ginger, turmeric and lemongrass.
And this beef rendang was delicious. It had a confident amount of spice and flavours that thoroughly warmed the palate. It vanished from my plate all too quickly, and sadly seems to have vanished off their brunch menu.
When I visit next time – for there will be a next time – I plan to tuck into Grilled Cornbread with Chorizo, a Fried Egg, Sweetcorn, Avocado & Red Pepper Salsa (£8.80), which one of my co-diners was very pleased with.
There are also Sweetcorn, Feta, Green Chilli & Curry Leaf Waffles with Smoked Streaky Bacon and Maple Syrup (£8.80). From what I sampled, the waffles seemed a little mild but I definitely need to order the whole dish to confirm this properly.
If you happen to be around Clerkenwell at lunch or dinner time, The Modern Pantry also offer a mouthwatering All Day Menu.
… So please expect further investigation upcoming on the blog.
The Modern Pantry 4/5 – Welcoming atmosphere and an interesting brunch menu.
Where: 47-48 St John’s Square, Clerkenwell, EC1V 4JJ
Monday: 8am – 11am & 12pm – 10pm
Tuesday to Friday: 8am – 11am & 12pm – 10.30pm
Saturday: 9am – 4pm & 6pm – 10.30pm
Sunday: 10am – 4pm & 6pm – 10pm
Monday: 12pm – 3pm
Tuesday to Friday: 12pm-3pm & 6pm-10:30pm
Saturday: 11am – 4pm & 6pm – 10:30pm
Sunday: 11am – 4pm