The Providores & Tapa Room: Ladies what Brunch
I can think of no better way to spend a Saturday morning than having brunch with friends. This past Saturday I had the pleasure of ‘brunching’ with my dear friend Tor and her friends, Lara and her sister Mic, at ‘The Providores & Tapa Room’ in Marylebone.
For those who are yet to experience The Providores let me explain how the restaurant works… It is effectively split into two with downstairs being more relaxed and purely for ‘walk ins’ whereas upstairs is a more formal affair and accommodates for those who have pre booked. Lara had kindly booked us a table which meant we were sat in the lovely upstairs dining room where the atmosphere was totally different to the hustle and bustle of downstairs. Although upstairs is more formal it is far from pretentious: just my kind of place!
The Providores & Tapa Room claims to be ‘the home of the most exciting and innovative fusion food in the UK’ and it’s definitely that. I first encountered The Providores at Jamie Oliver’s Big Feastival where I tried their New Zealand Lamb roll and was blown away so I was very excited at the prospect of having brunch at there.
There is no denying that I have never seen a brunch menu quite like it. My mouth was watering from merely reading, it included dishes you’d expect such as a fry up to the more unusual Sweet corn and blueberry fritters with avocado, tomato and mixed green salad. We decided we should all try something more unusual so, 3 of us had: Grilled chorizo with sweet potato, Manouri and miso hash, a soft boiled egg, garlic labne and star anise cashew nut praline; whereas Tor decided to go for the monster sized French toast stuffed with banana and pecans with grilled smoked streaky bacon and vanilla verjus syrup.
The Chorizo was faultless, every mouthful was a moment of intense pleasure that I didn’t want to end. It was so full of flavour and exceeded all expectations. Every ingredient complimented each other perfectly! We all tried Tor’s French toast which was very nice but was we agreed that the Syrup did slightly overpower the rest of the flavours. Sadly Tor couldn’t quite finish it.
We also couldn’t resist getting a couple of cheese scones to share. Once again each mouthful ended in ecstasy they were deliciously light the chive mascarpone accompaniment made it the perfect match.
To accompany the fantastic food were some fantastic drinks, Mic and Tor went for the Tamarillo and kiwifruit smoothie which was perfect for a ‘morning after an edgy night out in Camden’. I opted for a classic cappuccino which was nice but lacked the froth that is essentially what makes a cappuccino a cappuccino. Mic and Lara also tried some fresh mint tea, which I immediately envied.
Our bill came to around £18 each including 12.5% service which we felt was very good value for what we had. The service was impeccable and the food was outstanding. Having brunch at Providores is something I would love to do again in the not too distant future, girls are you with me?!