In a city where brunch options seem limitless, it’s hard to narrow it down to just a few favourite places. There are a couple of spots though that I do return to from time to time when I want to be sure that I’ll have a really good meal. I’ve already told you about Bistrotheque and the Modern Pantry, so it’s time to share another favourite of mine: Pachamama.
Located in a basement in Marylebone not too far from Selfridges, Pachamama is pretty central but not necessarily easy to find – keep in mind that the front is tiny. The interior is a mish mash of coloured wooden chairs, old mirrors, retro lampshades, scuffed paint work and lots of plants scattered around. I love the relaxed and welcoming atmosphere which is typically what I’m looking for on Sundays.
Pachamama means “Mother Earth” in the indigenous Quechua language. As you might have guessed, the food and drinks here are inspired by Peruvian cuisine, so any meal should start with a pisco cocktail (because why not?!). Luckily, there’s a great list of cocktails to choose from. And then, it’s on to the food! The brunch menu is well thought-out and grouped into snacks, ceviche, waffles and a few brunch specials. I always go for their famous waffles as I love the savoury ones with sweet potato, topped with beetroot-cured salmon, avocado and a poached egg. In case you have a sweet tooth, I recommend the quinoa waffle with Peruvian chocolate, toasted quinoa ice cream and cacao crumb. I’m also a fan of the aubergine with smoked yoghurt and pecans, a side which I would really like to be able to cook at home too.
Pachamama is a great choice if you’re not after the typical brunch dishes but something more special. Depending on the time you arrive, it may be busy but I’ve never had a problem to get a table even without reservation which is not common for such a popular spot in London. Enjoy the cool vibe and if you fancy some cocktails before noon, go for their bottomless brunch – your weekend will get a lot happier (I speak, ahem, from experience!).
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