I love my breakfast, the aroma of freshly made coffee, rich Greek yogurt with raspberry and crunchy granola, crispy piping hot almond croissants, and the papers, of course. But I love brunch even more. It’s a perfectly acceptable excuse to dress up on a Sunday morning, have a second breakfast, another coffee, indulge perhaps a little more than usual, see friends and have a laugh.
Last Sunday, A and I, one hour later than planned (as usual I must add ;)) ventured in the freezing cold behind King’s Cross Station, in one of London’s newest streets; King’s Boulevard, overlooking Regent’s Canal. Once we tentatively crossed the small bridge on the Canal, it was impossible to miss the renovated Granary building, now home to Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, and Caravan, Miles Kirby and Chris Ammermann’s second venture, after the successful Exmouth market opening in 2012.
Caravan’s interior is a quirky and industrial mix; quite Shoreditch-style; with long and chunky wooden tables, a semi open kitchen, and a wine bar on the back. Service is friendly, just a little slow perhaps. After a five minute wait, we find a table. They accept booking for all services excluding brunch. Once comfortably seated, sharing out table with a lovely couple out on a date, we diligently go through the pretty interesting brunch menu, featuring a fusion of dishes of western and Latin influence.
What we ordered:
Baked eggs on a bed of tomato pepper ragout, Greek yogurt and toast (a huge one), a perfect combination of flavours. A’s favourite dish.
Salt beef bubble, a spherical crispy potato fritter with a heart of deliciously succulent beef with poached eggs, spinach and a rich hollandaise sauce. This was my favourite dish.
All washed down by a robust Caravan Filter Coffee, freshly brewed in house every day.
We were also tempted by the million calories of the gigantic three layer lemon cheese cake. It tasted lovely, but a little too rich for my liking.
But never mind, I like Caravan; very much. I will go back. Great food, good prices and a stone’s throw from Islington. Recommended for a brunch with friends.
Brunch for 2 £32.