My housemate and I had booked brunch to celebrate moving into our new flat, because what could mark a special occasion more than getting far too drunk on a Sunday and gorging on too much food, before stumbling home and leaving all the unpacking until the next day.
Beany Green is an Antipodean cafe serving a modern all day menu of Aussie food. The cafe, situated on a terrace overlooking the piazza in the Broadgate Circle restaurant complex, has a fresh and fun design, with a white tiled interior, brightly coloured furniture and an array of tempting cakes on display. We were taken to our yellow rose adorned table overlooking the square. The sun was shining and there was a live jazz duo playing only 3m away from us.
After scanning the menu featuring delights such as Shaksouka baked eggs and their award winning banana bread, we opted for the unusual sounding Gluten-free Broccoli Bread and The Bondi to share. If you aren’t in the habit of plate swapping then may I please suggest you make this your new dining mantra. It eliminates food envy - the most evil sin of all - plus you get two meals instead of one. Drinks-wise we went for bottomless glasses of prosecco and the Beany’s cava (orange juice and prosecco).
I must admit, we were both pretty hungry by the time we arrived at Beany Green. The day before we had moved across London into our new flat, which involved lifting all our stuff all the way down 3 flights of stairs at one end, and then all the way up 2 flights of stairs at the other. We were lacking in energy, and by 2pm Sunday we had become hangry. But our impatience did not hide the fact that the service was very slow. There was only one poor waitress looking after all the tables, so our refills of prosecco were worryingly scarce. Because the offer only gets you bottomless prosecco whilst you are eating; this meant we were reluctant to finish our plates, which, in our famished state, was torture.
Despite this, the food was all that we had hoped for. The thick sliced warm broccoli bread came with a zingy tomato salsa and an avocado and feta salad. The Bondi was everything a brunch should be - crusty sourdough bread, topped with bacon and poached eggs, served with sausage, avocado, garlic mushrooms and a cucumber salad. I was definitely not going to be left hungry.
Perhaps realising the service was a little lackluster, the waitress chose to ignore (or was just too busy to notice) the fact that we stayed for an extra hour on top of the deal, and by the time we stumbled out after our 5th glass of prosecco, we were pretty happy with our lot.