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Family Brunch at La Brasserie, Brompton Road SW3

Wed, 22nd October 2014

La Brasserie is one of those fabulous neighbourhood restaurants that everyone loves. Located at Brompton Road right in the middle of the enticing shopping opportunities on offer from international labels such as Chanel, Carolina Herrera and Stella McCartney, it has for many years attracted all kinds of diners from business lunches to tourists and ladies who lunch types who like to pop in for a bite to eat before stepping out for a bout of serious retail therapy. On sunny days everyone makes a beeline for the coveted outdoor seating where you can dine alfresco whilst watching the great and the good of Chelsea go by.

La Brasserie is also the perfect spot to enjoy a family brunch as I discovered a few weeks ago when I stopped by on a Sunday. My dining companions were rather discerning – my eight year old daughter and her classmate.  The brunch menu holds no surprises.  Fresh pastries, full English breakfast or eggs cooked any way you like. I had scrambled eggs with smoked salmon washed down with a glass of champagne and breakfast tea. Enjoyable but not overwhelmingly good. Fruit salad and herbal teas are also on offer if you are feeling virtuous.

The key attraction for my party was crepe decorating aimed at kids and the young at heart. What a great idea! The girls had a jolly time dressing up their crepes with the generous assortment of fruit conserves and sweetie treats provided.

The restaurant was pretty busy when we arrived at 11am and as we got ready to leave it was heaving with every table occupied by locals enjoying family time together.  Waiting staff struggled to cope with the volume of customers and we never did receive the apple juice ordered for the children but for some the laidback approach to service is part of the charm. We left the restaurant well-fed and content. 

I shall go back to La Brasserie. I’ve heard they make splendid cocktails and my daughter and her friend certainly want to indulge in another morning of crepe decorating (and eating!). 

Reviewed by Nana Coles

La Brasserie, 272 Brompton Road, SW3 2AW Tel Reservations: 020 7581 3089

Rating: 7 / 10
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