One of the perks of when I changed jobs to work in the city of London is that I’m surrounded by incredible buildings, many of which have amazing restaurants tucked away at the top. The Darwin Brasserie is perched at the top of the SkyGarden, and after hearing recommendations, I booked to go for breakfast with my friends Pippa and Ali who I work with before we headed to the office for the day.
Our table was booked for 8am and the restaurant was still fairly quiet so we managed to get a table in the corner by the window and ordered coffees while we enjoyed the fantastic views.
Darwin Brasserie – What We Ordered
There was a really great selection of options on the menu including both hot and cold options so we took quite a while to deliberate on what we were going to order.
I opted for a stack of pancakes with bacon and maple syrup (£12.75) which is one of my breakfasts, although I was quite tempted by the avocado on sourdough with poached eggs. The pancakes arrived on a giant platter (seriously, it was huge) which took up most of the table. A normal size plate would’ve been fine because the pancakes weren’t any larger than anywhere else I’ve been. They were, however, super tasty and really thick with a generous serving of bacon on top. Yummy!
My friend Pippa ordered the Eggs Royale (£16.50) which looked delicious- the salmon was lovely and soft and it was served with a rice rich sauce which wasn’t too sickly. The poached eggs were perfectly cooked and had a runny middle, including the second one which can sometimes be a bit hit and miss.
My friend Ali ordered the Heritage Tomatoes on toast served with ricotta cheese and herbs (£12.50) which looked tasty although I think she regretted not getting the Eggs Benedict in the end. She did have a cheeky bit of my pancakes because the portion was huge!
Our meal together was tasty and the service was prompt (this was important as we had to be on time to work at 9am). What really struck me was how reasonable the prices were for breakfast – prices often seem to be increased in restaurants at the top of London skyscrapers but this wasn’t the case here and you get to enjoy fantastic views too!
Darwin Brasserie – 3/5
Successful breakfast and a great way to end the week and start the weekend!
Food – 3/5
Service – 3/5
Decor / Ambience – 4/5
My breakfast cost £18.76, including coffee and service.
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Level 36, Sky Garden
20 Philpot Lane