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Brunches with a twist

by Sarah Alcock

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!

Some other alternative brunch spots in London:

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!

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