Brunch in the sky? Darwin At Sky Garden promised to take brunch to new heights.
A brunch in London set high above in the clouds is a hugely tempting premise so I didn't need much persuading I have to tell you. A couple of Sunday's ago the tall one and I headed up the Walkie Talkie building to experience this for ourselves.
Outside the Darwin Brasserie - Level 36
There was a queue to visit the Sky Garden but restaurant goers bypass the queues and go through airport style security before being whisked up the lift.
The Darwin Brasserie, fresh and modern interior
We were shown to our seats - a fabulous window seat with incredible views over the River Thames and the city.
Having been given menus and decided on our main meal we were shown to the bar area to where the (bottomless) Bloody Mary's were, there were four variations to choose from and items to tailor it to taste. Also on the menu were unlimited milkshakes from the Milkshake Bar - I absolutely loved the sweet Vanilla Bean one and the Fresh Berry one but you can also enjoy other flavours like Banana which was really popular on the day. Kale smoothie is also an option but on this occasion I passed.
The buffer starters were a fabulous savoury mix of salads, cheese board and meats. Top choices for me and the tall one included the potato and chorizo salad, smoked salmon, the bloody mary prawn cocktail and the asparagus dressed in a truffle vinaigrette. I suspect I could have filled up solely on the starters but sensibly I paced myself for what was to come.
For my hot main I was rather tempted by the pancake stack with bacon and maple syrup but opted for a savoury hot and chose a traditional brunch favourite of Eggs Florentine which was cooked to perfection. The tall one chose Beef Brisket for his main but he was considering a traditional roast which was also on offer.
Well when I caught sight of the dessert buffet my eyes were dancing and my belly ignited, so many treats on offer. I have to be honest after the two previous courses and upteen milkshakes I was pretty full but I always make sure I am never so full as I cannot manage something sweet...
I balanced my sweet treats with some healthy berry fruits and it was a great and refreshing combination. I opted for a slice of chocolate and walnut salted caramel tarte which was rich and indulgent but a real highlight. The waffles were tasty and teamed with maple syrup and fresh fruit sublime. I also had the blueberry cheesecake which was truly delightful with a perfectly crunchy base but a light and silky mousse topping. Also on offer were 3 differently filled doughnuts, creme brulee, Eton Mess and lots, lots more.
Having taken brunch to the limits we made our way outside and soaked in the views and admired the Sky Garden
In conclusion this is quite simply a wonderful way to spend a lazy Sunday, an epic brunch that will tantalize the tastebuds and breathtaking views of London. I am already planning a return visit.
Brunch at Darwin Brasserie is served on Sundays from 11.30am to 4.30pm and costs £38 per person
*We were guests of Darwin Brasserie