Some of you may remember my first review of Rita's when it was in residence at Dalston club Birthdays and managed to quickly gain a cult following for it's modern twist on Southern American comfort food classics like fried chicken rolls and chilli mac n cheese. As is the sad reality with pop up restaurants Rita's wasn't to be permanent, at least not at it's original Dalston location. Luckily for it's fans Rita's did eventually find it's very own space just around the corner from London Fields, an area quickly becoming quite the restaurant hotspot, and is now serving an equally imaginative and comforting brunch menu at the weekends that I went to check out.
The interior is simple and welcoming with a hint of pink and old favourites like their infamous margarita slushies are still to be found on the menu. Even the fried chicken has been included in a brunch menu that takes culinary inspiration from all around the world to create exciting and unexpected flavour combinations. From scrambled eggs with a touch of Japan ( served on miso muffins), blintzes
( Russian crepe like pancakes) filled with warm fruit and ricotta to of course a southern classic until now lacking in the London brunch scene and my order on this occasion - fried chicken, waffles and maple syrup. My perfectly fried chicken worked wonderfully with the soft waffles and maple syrup and made it a moorish and surprisingly not too stodgy brunch option while my friend's hock hash with duck egg was fresh and full of flavour.
The attention to detail in recipes and willingness to experiment by the kitchen that I first experienced at Birthdays is even more visible now that Rita's has it's own space to develop as restaurant and will definitely see me come back to try the equally enticing dinner menu. Rita's may still be serving some of the finest fried chicken in town but definitely has some more aces up it's sleeve and is a great place for a far from average brunch or dinner.
smoked trout, poached eggs, colcannon cake, massaged kale & lemon
On my continuing search for the best places to brunch in London I stayed local this week and tried a new Aussie brunch spot right by my usual night out venues on Dalston Kingsland road! With a cosy interior and extremely attentive service ( maybe a tad too enthusiastic at times..), Reilly Rocket definitely was at once inviting when me and my friend commenced to sit down for a late sunday brunch. I always do my research before trying a new eating out spot and Reilly Rocket was no exception. After studying the menu online I was rather looking forward to two or three of their options but was left a little disappointed to find that the actual menu was completely different and a little limited when it appeared in front of us.
No cooked sweet options, something that I always love for a brunch and only a few, though still great sounding, savoury dishes. I finally settled for the smoked trout with colcannon cake and kale and of course a flat white ( the true measure to see if a place serves a good cup of coffee) and was not let down by either. Aromatically smoked trout served on a well seasoned and light potato cake was finished off with a side of rather underrated kale - it was fresh, unusual and something I had never tried before. Coffee was excellent too and though in it's limited choices it may not be as versatile as Workshop coffee it is a great addition to the east London brunch scene and a place equally good for a spot of lunch with their many imaginative sounding sandwich options!