Bottomless Brunch at Bondi Green, Paddington

Thursday 20 May 2021

As someone who is in the habit of waking everyone up early on the weekend and making them come for breakfast with me, I was hiding a big secret. Until recently, I had never been to a bottomless brunch. Gasp.

I don't know, I mean, I know it was becoming a thing a few years back but I was backpacking, and then I was a bit all over the place when I got home, and then COVID, so I didn't really have a whole lot of opportunity; but I didn't wait too long once I did! 

Not being allowed to do anything made me realise that if there's something I want to do, I should make it a priority and just do it.

Bottomless Brunch at Bondi Green

I discovered the Daisy green collective last summer when someone posted a video of a watermelon keg on the side of their table in Mayfair. Less than a week later, I was drinking fruity margaritas out of my own watermelon keg on a sunny Saturday afternoon. This is when I discovered their awesome brunch menu. 

The Heddon street one (Ziggy Green) is really well placed, and the two others (Scarlett and Darcy & May Green) that I visited over the past year were both lovely but their new Paddington venue (Bondi Green) topped them all. Just a few steps away from Darcy & May, Bondi Green is a trendy little suntrap, by the side of the canal rather that on it.

Paddington as a whole was a totally underrated area for me, I guess I was a little late on that since upon leaving the station until I spotted what looked like a pilgrimage. Away from the main road, across the bridge and down the steps; everyone was quite obviously doing what I was doing - heading to the canal for brunch, it was 11.30am on a Saturday morning and scorching hot after all.

I think the reason I was wary of bottomless brunch was because I kept hearing the same thing. It seems that food takes a backseat a lot of the time and whilst unlimited alcohol is great, good food is my main objective. But having frequented the chain for plain old normal brunch over the past year or so, I was confident that wasn't going to be the case here and I was right. Prosecco is prosecco but the food was the star.

Included in the price were two courses which meant that rather than being sensible, we were able to get both a sweet and savoury course along with the two bottles that we got through during our 90 minute slot (and the third one we managed to get after it finished.) 

I started with their sweetcorn fritters which is probably my favourite brunch dish ever. It combines all the brunchy things I love (the avo, the poached eggs, the aesthetic lol) but replaces the bread with delicious sweetcorn fritters. Lots of excitement for one plate of food 

After that, I went for the granola which seemed like a better idea that cake in the almost tropical heat that day - you can see my sun burn developing through out the day if you look at the photos carefully. Regardless of that, it was also very good and made me feel like I was eating breakfast on a balcony somewhere in Greece.

Every table was full and the atmosphere was perfect. Being outside was great, there was a DJ playing music, people walking by along the canal and big groups of friends sailing past us down the river which was really fun to watch.

Somehow, the whole day flew by and it was almost 7pm by the time we left. The weather was ridiculous and they didn't push us to leave so we stayed and drank cocktails in the sun all afternoon. 

Highly recommend and very much looking forward to going back!

A New Perspective

Sunday 9 May 2021

After four months of slow lockdown life, there was no doubt that I was ready to start getting back to my old lifestyle. Pre-COVID, my days were busy. If I wasn't working, I was finding things to get me out of the house and fill every spare moment - whether that was at the gym, the shops, going out for dinner, drinks, meeting friends, getting home late; even the long commute back to Essex was part of my life that I actually enjoyed - assuming I was in the country in the first place. But as little as I like to admit, it seems I am not that person anymore. 

It's been just over three weeks since our lockdown ended in London and I've come to realise that I was using all these things to fill my time because my life had gaps. Although, coming out of 2020, it seems there are less of those which is good. I'm pretty content at the moment.  

I came out of lockdown full steam ahead with multiple bookings for every single day - kinda like what I was used to before all this started, but after just over a week of non-stop activity, I'd had enough. By the end, I was just going out for the sake of it when all I actually wanted to do was go to bed. I was absolutely exhausted and not excited for anything I had in the diary so I just cancelled the rest of my plans.

A few days later, I re-entered post lockdown life with a different mind set. I do enjoy going to the gym but I now go because I want to, not because I have an hour to fill between finishing work and eating dinner - and going out for dinner every single day? It actually isn't that fun when you do it non-stop (there, I said it.) Sometimes I just want to stay in and eat vegetables.

So now my life is about quality over quantity and I'm slowly learning to live accordingly. My diary is still full, with reservations all over London, every single day - old habits die hard I guess, but if I'm not excited for something, I'll cancel it. I've started trying to make a conscious effort to plan something extra nice, once or twice a week, rather than something average most days and I think I've cracked it! I've had some really memorable days in the last week or so, plus lots of time at home and I'm really enjoying the split. 

So with this new perspective, I'm looking forward to each and every outing and that, is a really exciting place to be. 

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