Brother Marcus | Balham Restaurant
By Katie Hill
First used to describe the blending of words by Humpty Dumpty in Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass.
A fact which serves little purpose except to say that Balham’s latest eatery can be summed up with two of them: bromance and brunch.
Alex, Arthur and Tasos, three school friends, have pooled together their skills to open new brunch spot Brother Marcus. The garden café serves freshly made smoothies, shakes and Caravan coffee as well as craft beers and cocktails, like the Mrs. Robinson which combines prosecco with lavender-infused gin picked fresh from the garden.
With a retracting glass front and hidden courtyard out the back, the café has a comfortingly handcrafted feel to it – given most things were made by the three friends, that’s probably no surprise. Simple with zero frills, the setup is as modest and unassuming as the menu. Which is as follows:
As well as the obligatory full English, the Sister Special of avocado on toast with all the toppings and The Step Sister – a courgette, beets & feta fritter keep the menu appealing to hipsters and traditionalists alike.
Sometimes nothing beats a great sarnie, and Brother Marcus can provide. Bob’s Your Uncle comes with pulled pork, caramelised onions, cheddar and rocket whilst chicken breast, crispy bacon, avocado, tomato, greek yoghurt, rocket & pesto make up The Mother Clucker.
From Wednesday to Saturday, you can choose from a selection of loaded buns as well as hard liquor cocktails. Choose from 4 options: including the pulled pork loaded Notorious P.I.G, and a 14-hour braised salt beef number with two fried eggs named the Salty Wench.
The only broken eggs here will be poached, fried or scrambled.
NOTE: Brother Marcus is open weekdays 8am-4.30pm, Sat 9am-4pm and Sun 9.30am-4pm. There are no bookings, and you can find out more online HERE.
Brother Marcus | 9 Chestnut Grove, SW12 8JA
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