Rupert Hohwieler 06/05/23
Burnt | Brilliant Brunch Spot in Shepherd’s Bush
There are already so many great brunch spots in London. Another one might be overdoing it.
Burnt knows what the most important meal of the week is: brunch. Burnt also knows that there’s absolutely no such thing as overdoing it when it comes to brunch and are so confident in that belief that they serve it up every day of the week. Woken up at 1pm on a Monday and fancy some creative breakfast-y comfort food? Burnt is here to save your morning afternoon.
As for the where: it’s a white-fronted cafe-restaurant on Askew Road in Shepherd’s Bush. The big, bold ‘Burnt’ lettering should give it away. Contrary to the name, there’s nothing dark about the interior – it’s a placid and light, pot-plant and pale wood-orientated space. Each table is decorated with a vase of flowers. One might say it’s your model brunch environment.
Onto the brunch then, which will undoubtedly draw a lot of oofs and provoke plenty of indecision. There’s a miso squash omelette; a croque madame stuffed with mature cheddar, cauliflower cheese and kimchi; another with their house-glazed ham; a breakfash bun with goat’s curd, merguez sausage and a folded egg slopping out the side. Decisions. These can then all be spruced up further by sides in the vein of dry-cured bacon, halloumi and maldon-deep smoked salmon.
If it’s baked treats that you’re after, they take a humble Dusty Knuckle pastry (like the pistachio and almond croissants) and put their own marker on it (for the croissants, Burnt soaks them in house vanilla syrup and fill them with frangipani). They also make their own cakes (you may potentially encounter something like an apple and chocolate chip loaf frosted with cinnamon, depending on the time of the year ) and on the coffee front, Burnt get its beans from Climpson & Sons, which has a pretty well-earned reputation for being one of London’s best coffee shops.
While brunch has the vast majority of Burnt’s undivided attention, the team can’t help themselves and actually are open for dinner on Thursday and Friday too. The dishes here are more night-suited (they call them ‘seasonal small plates’) like Iberico pork with spinach and roast corn on the cob with crispy pancetta and crab mayo. Wash them down and extend the evening with either natural wines from Otros Vinos, beer from Forest Road Brewery or a few house-made cocktails.
Just don’t over do it…
NOTE: Burnt is open all week for brunch from 8am-4pm (9am on weekends) and for dinner Thu-Fri from 6-10pm. They accept bookings for brunch and dinner via email. Find out more here.
Burnt | 163 Askew Road, W12 9AU
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163 Askew Road, Shepherd's Bush, W12 9AU
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