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Everyone loves a leisurely weekend with a good brunch, and an increasing number of restaurants are picking up on this – but not always quite in the way you'd expect. A couple of weeks ago I went for brunch at the Mayfair Pizza Co in London, and sampled their new brunch pizza!
There's a selection of three to choose from – we went for the Granola Woahla (hazelnut granola, rhubarb, Greek yogurt and maple syrup; £11.50) and the Waffley Berry Good (raspberry purée, summer berries, Belgian waffle pieces, Greek yogurt and mint leaves; £11), topped off with a couple of Bloody Marys for good measure.
They didn't disappoint – it was all the doughy pleasure of pizza with lighter, fresher toppings. The rhubarb on the granola pizza was to die for (especially for a rhubarb fiend like myself); the maple syrup cut through its natural sharpness, but wasn't so obvious as to stop me pretending I was being healthy.
The berry pizza was equally delicious – the mint was a lovely addition and, with the yogurt, provided a beautiful contrast to the sweet fruit and waffle.
There's also a Full Italian pizza on offer (black pudding, pancetta, sliced Italian sausage, cherry tomatoes and baked beans; £12), which looks as amazing as it sounds. Vegan and coeliac-friendly pizza bases are available, so you can tailor them to your diet. But you've only got until 31st July to try them, so don't hang about!
Benares' Indian all-day Sunday brunch
Dishes include misal pav (Mumbai special yellow peas curry with toasted bun), gosht seekh kebab (ground lamb skewers) and dhokla (steamed gram flour cake), to name but a few. At £45 a head including a glass of sparkling wine, this is more of a special occasion meal than an everyday brunch, but it promises to wow.
Opso's modern Greek brunch
Opso offers a huge variety of dishes, varying from Earl Grey-infused rice porridge (£5), to handmade spanakopita with feta (£5), and strapatsada scrambled eggs (from £8), to name but a few. And all their bread is made in-house, too. Served weekends 10am-5pm.
Basaba Eathai's Thai brunch
Basaba's menu includes dishes such as yam polamai fruit salad (£4.90), pandan pancakes (£7.50) and chilli soy scrambled eggs (£5). The restaurant is cool and casual – one for catching up with friends after a slightly too-late night. Served weekends 10am-3pm.
Outside of London? Let us know some of your favourite weekend brunch destinations!