Mimosa and a full Spanglish: Brunching at the No67 cafe at the South London Gallery
Like many people, I love a good brunch. In fact, I would say brunch is my favourite course ever… not that I get to have it as often as the standard breakfast, lunch and dinner! Having recently holidayed in Australia, I enjoyed more brunches in two weeks than I had done in months. So when I returned home to London, I made a conscious decision to go out for brunch more often.
So when searching for somewhere not too far from home, I decided to try out the No67 café, an independent establishment at the South London Gallery on the Camberwell/Peckham borders. Accompanied by some family members visiting from Scotland, we visited on a Sunday afternoon. The café lies on the right of the entrance to the South London Gallery, with seating area both in front and at the back of the Victoria townhouse. The café itself is separated into two section – the first and counter in the front part of the building, while the second section in a light, airy modern extension in the back.
Being a party of five, we were shown to a large communal seating area in the modern extension – although there are smaller tables for less diners located in the vicinity. The room was bright and white with very high ceilings. Although I personally wasn’t hungover at the time, I can imagine the location being a great place to clear your head – combined with the food of course – after a wild night out. All the tables were dotted with jugs of waters with a sprig of mint and lemon, which was a nice touch.
The extensive weekend brunch menu includes a mix of fry ups, cold options and reads quite different from many other establishment’s menus. Among the items which caught our eye were the waffles, bacon with Bourbon syrup or the Welsh rarebit. As we were celebrating a special occasion, we all opted for a Mimosa to start off proceedings at a reasonable £4.
For our brunch, we opted for two Full Spanglish (two eggs of your choice, chargrilled chorizo and morcilla, beans, roast mushroom and toast), two Veggie breakfasts (two eggs of your choice, halloumi, bubble and squeak, beans, roast mushroom and toast) and one kipper, spinach and soft-boiled egg with toast.
I have tried many veggie breakfasts in different establishments, but No67 was the most unusual and delicious I’ve tried. I love halloumi, so to have it with my breakfast was a pleasant addition. The scrambled eggs were cooked to perfection with a sprinkling of paprika for added flavour. The beans in question were ‘proper’ full-sized beans (unlike a popular brand’s smaller baked beans we’re used to) , while a Portobello mushroom was gently fried in just the right amount of oil.
The Full Spanglish is a fusion of English and Spanish food and would certainly do the trick remedying a sore head after a night on the tiles. Both of my party who ate it said it was delicious and particularly loved the chorizo. All five in our party actually ate our dishes fairly quickly, and while feeling full, all enjoyed them so much we agreed we could have eaten them again.
After sipping our mimosas with our food, we wisely opted to stop and move on to hot drinks before paying the bill. One of my party is a barista and had plenty of compliments for way the lattes and cappuccinos had been made and served, so No67 is definitely a destination for coffee aficionados. All in all, the food and drink was delicious, reasonable priced and the venue was a comfortable, relaxed place to start a lazy Sunday. I can’t wait to go back to try the dinner…
- No67 is located at 67 Peckham Road, Camberwell, SE5 8UH. Brunch is served at No67 between 10am and 3.30pm every Saturday and Sunday. Other menus apply at other times. No67 is open from Tuesday – Sunday, various times apply for check the website. Buses: 12, 36, 171, 343, 345, 436. Nearest rail station: Peckham Rye (15 minute walk). For more information, visit their website.
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