First there was brunch, and then there was bottomless brunch. At House of Coco, we’ve become slightly obsessed with ‘brunching’ and a bottomless version just makes it that much more fun. OXBO Bankside invited our writer, Kayleigh Lavery, to jump start her weekend with their recently launched bottomless brunch.
Set a stone’s throw from the Tate Modern along the Thames, OXBO Bankside is a delicious looking restaurant located in the Hilton on Great Suffolk Street. Its glossy tiled and wooden interiors and authentic menu bursting with exotic tastes makes OXBO a modern, buzzy eatery in a great location.
The bottomless brunch here is based around a three-course menu priced at £28 with a glass of bubbles, or an extra £12 for unlimited top-ups. Take a generous appetite because the buffet table for starters and desserts are designed to ruin rigorous appetites. There is also a live waffle and egg station at the open kitchen where the team will rustle up classics as well as omelettes and pancakes with all the trimmings. (We have to be honest, having Eggs Benedict as a ‘starter’ felt a little odd at first as usually this is our go-to brunch course.) As well as the cooking station, the starter’s buffet table is full of tasty options: think smoked salmon, tiger prawns, Italian antipasti, salads, grains, potatoes and more.
Mains are ordered with the staff and are delivered in a well-timed manner; all you have to do is let them know when you’re ready for the next course. These are served as three sharing plates to your table and change on a weekly basis depending on what is in season. We had sirloin beef with braised ox cheek on celeriac puree, pan fried sea bream with crushed potatoes and mushroom, gorgonzola and walnut ravioli with ruby chard. We couldn’t fault any dish as each was as flavoursome as the next – it was also great to be able to sample a few different main courses during one sitting. We must add that during all this eating the staff were doing a grand job at topping up any half-empty glasses; we didn’t need to ask twice for more bubbles.
By this stage, we were loosening our belts and wondering if we could stomach anything else. The generosity of these buffets is a little too good to be true: it’s like having endless access to all your favourite things. There are miniature classics such as rhubarb crumble, Eton mess, as well as slices of lemon drizzle cake, slabs of brownies and heaps of cookies and muffins; jars of candy and lollipops seem ridiculous but you find yourself with your mitts in the jars grabbing a handful on the way back to your seat. No shame here!
There’s no doubt we were fed and watered good and proper, and the excellent cuisine was sensible and honest. Every Saturday between 12pm-3pm there are live acoustic performances too, which made the experience even more memorable. With such a vibrant and vast menu, this place deserves multiple visits.
The OXBO Bottomless Brunch is available every Saturday with booking allocations between 12pm-3pm. Bottomless bookings have an allocation of 2 hours.