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Brunching on Cloud Nine at Aviary
June 3, 2017
There is a multitude of rooftop terraces popping up on the London skyline at the moment, but none are as popular as Aviary. With a reported five figures to book out the venue – even on a weekday– it hasn’t staved off the cool crowd from flocking to book a table.
The Aviary isn’t in anyway the tallest rooftop terrace in London, but it has an uninterrupted view of the city of skyline. In fact, there is much more clarity of view at this height compared to somewhere like the viewing platform at The Shard. The magnificent decor is another reason why diners are queuing up to catch a bird’s eye view of the city here; there is spacious, vividly-coloured sofa seating on the terrace along with slick, modern lounge furniture. The art-deco interior with opulent brass railing evokes a Great Gatsby-esque style, which Londoners are enamoured with.
Their weekend brunch menu strikes the right balance between simple, elegant breakfast dishes and the more hearty main course options. My guest sampled a classy-looking eggs florentine with well-sized poached eggs covered with rich, lemony Hollandaise sauce. The intense, golden egg yolk soaked invitingly into the spinach and lightly grilled English muffins.
For those seeking something more substantial, you can opt for a classic three-course meal. The most popular starter, if you are a seafood lover, is their raw platter. Presented on a bed of polished pebbles, you are offered the freshest oyster, scallop, tuna, trout, bass and mackerel. It comes with a light soy dip and this is the kind of dish you would quite happily enjoy more of as the main course.
The main course that we tried was a lobster and shrimp sub. It came in a fluffy brioche bun which was filled with diced lobster and shrimp meat as well as radish and apples. On the side was a traditional English Marie Rose sauce and a hearty portion of French fries.
Dessert isn’t a course to be missed here, especially with their brunch offerings. French toast is presented with panache as it came with blood orange, crème fraiche, sesame seeds and potentially candied walnuts (which my guest did not have due to a nut allergy). The other option we tried were light and fluffy banana pancakes, which I suspect they created using buttermilk. It had a light drizzle of agave syrup with mixed seeds and nuts and a welcoming dollop of crème fraiche.
There is a fitness centre in close proximity to Aviary and with a sumptuous brunch offering like this, it even makes a visit to the gym during weekend mornings a joy because you know there will be divine pancakes and French toast waiting for you at the end of your workout.