Pizza East Brunch - Kentish Town, London
I have a new favorite brunch spot. Surprisingly it’s not new and its not just in one spot, it’s been hiding right under my nose this entire time. Pizza East, owned by the so hip it hurts Soho House Group, to put it simply, knows how to serve up a brunch. Known for their Pizza; hand-made, perfectly pillowy dough, precisely cooked in a wood fire oven, topped with the finest ingredients one can find. If you thought a Pizza place is an odd London Sunday Brunch choice, well you’d be right but despite it’s name Pizza East is not just about Pizza, oh it is so, so much more.
Sunday Brunch is a bit of a sacred meal, it’s the first meal of the week and the last meal of the weekend, a disappointing brunch can have devastating implications for the week that follows. It comes only once a week, you want to make sure you get it right. Convincing my foodie friends to join me wasn’t difficult, but I still had a slight shadow of a doubt that maybe I was leading them astray this week.
That doubt was very swiftly kicked to the wind. We mulled over the menu whilst sipping an Aperol Spritz and quickly realized that we wouldn’t be ordering pizzas, it was the Antipasti that we were all drawn to.
Pancetta wrapped figs with Burrata and the Crispy Pigs ears were an absolute standout. As was the crispy squid, the crispy fried lemon and capers were a tasty, unique touch. Instead of Pizza, we went for the Pizzette option of Veal Meatballs with cream, prosciutto and sage. I’m a sucker for a cream base but a whole pizza can be all too much, this smaller option was perfectly manageable. The Lamb meatballs with tomato sauce and parmesan were perhaps the least overwhelming, however still very appetizing.
Unlike its well known counterparts on Portabello Road and Shoreditch High street is almost hidden way, a bit of a stroll up a relatively quiet Kentish Town street, about 10 minutes walk from the station. If you weren’t going there in particular, you may never see it at all. This does mean that it’s not quite as hectic, you can hear the person next to you and maybe not have to wait 45 minutes for a table. The space itself, is stunning, a bit New York warehouse loft style with floor to ceiling windows that let the light in on even on the greyest of London days. The bar area is also quite special, but not nearly as special as the cocktails themselves.
Make a day of it, enjoy a long brunch, sip your favorite tipple and chat to the super friendly staff. When you’re done, head to the Heath for a guilt-busting walk up Parliament Hill to admire one of the best views of London’s skyline, go home feeling completely satisfied with life and ready to face another week….until the next Brunch!
You will find Pizza East Kentish Town at 79 Highgate Road London, NW5 1TL. Brunch is available Saturday's and Sunday's from 9am