When the temperature dips and the winter blues firmly set in, there’s only one remedy – a delicious dose of sunshine food at Melange. With three branches across North West London, their latest restaurant in leafy Belsize Park is the perfect family brunch spot ahead of an amble on Primrose Hill or nearby Hampstead Heath.
With a dedicated kids menu, little ones can tuck into breakfast bites including scrambled egg and bacon or their colossal breakfast pancakes, stacked high and served with mixed fruits, a drizzle of maple syrup and creme fraiche. Babyccinos offer a pint-sized taste of coffee culture minus the caffeine hit! Mains are packed with fresh vegetables and oodles of flavour – green vegetable risotto is flecked with green beans, peas, shallots and courgette. For a weekend treat, the succulent chicken breast and chips is a great sized portion – add a side of mixed veggie sticks and a forest berry smoothie to tot up your little one’s five-a-day.
If your kids often display signs of food FOMO, the breakfast sharing boards are a complete family brunch win! For £25.00 you get an epic, two tiered sharing board inspired by holiday breakies we all love to indulge in. From Classic, a hearty English breakfast; Breakfast on Holiday, a Mediterranean mix of cured meats, cheeses, eggs and salad to our favourite – the Super Food board. Granola laden with natural yoghurt and berries sits atop of a board filled with poached eggs, smoked salmon, crumbly goats cheese, olives, a chia seed smattered avocado, sun-dried tomato and mixed leaf salad, crudités and a super array of sourdough and flat breads…oh and we nearly forgot the moorish baked sweet potato fries. Phew! With Tiny helping herself to nearly all on offer and the two of us hungry and poised to feast, the amount of food is most certainly value for money and hugely filling.
Alongside the brunch boards, breakfast stalwarts fill the menu. Those favouring a spicy start to the day definitely check out the Breakfast Stew with Spicy Chorizo – scrummy slow cooked cannelloni beans with smokey paprika-packed chorizo, spinach, tomatoes and served with a runny, rich fried egg and bread for mopping up those last mouthfuls!
With families in abundance, super helpful hosts and a stash of toys to keep the kids amused, Melange have nailed neighbourhood Sunday brunching with style across North London.
Book your Family Brunch
BELSIZE PARK: 240 Haverstock Hill, NW3 2AE, 020 37596310
CROUCH END: 45 Topsfield Parade, Tottenham Lane, Crouch End, London, N8 8PT, 0208 3411681
BARNET: 135 High Street, Barnet, EN5 5UZ, 0208 4401747
Photo credit: Melange