We know what you’re thinking: cue waiters dressed in striped shirts wearing berets and shoddy stick on moustaches. Wrong. The venue is oozing class and elegance and there was not a single beret to be seen! Just delicious food and a gorgeous setting.
First things first, let’s talk about the space. It’s simply breath-taking. Filled with light and stunning decor, the venue lends to thoughts of traditional French movies about falling in love. Low hanging lights, marble tables and plenty of greenery as the restaurant blends into the beautiful courtyard. The only thing missing was the Eiffel Tower perched subtly in the distance.
Now to the important part: the food. With themed menus, brunch in particular, you often see the same staple dishes rolled out with one or two added. Typically the old bacon and eggs is topped with a new sauce (something that sounds a bit French) and voila! New menu. This was so far from the case with this Parisian menu. The fry up has been left behind in lieu of dishes such as Goats Cheese and Cauliflower Souffle and Moules-Frites (a half a kilo pot of mussels.) Each dish on the menu was so elegantly French without a single touch of tacky in sight.
We loved the Croque Madame Le Mosieur, which is essentially the most divine high end cheese and ham sandwich you’ve ever tasted, topped with a perfectly poached egg and saffron hollandaise. The Goats Cheese and Cauliflower Souffle was light and flavoursome, for those in the know, a souffle is a super tricky dish to nail in a short period of time, but this kitchen has definitely managed it! The Moules-Frites were incredible. The bacony-mushroomy broth the mussels were served in was to die for, we only wish we’d had a big lump of bread or a spoon to lap up the remaining deliciousness after the mussels were gone.
Don’t be put off if you’re attending with guests that are fussy eaters. The menu also has some simple dishes for those who don’t like to stray from the norm. Each dish is still quintessentially French, without being inaccessible to those whose palates don’t particularly appreciate mussels for breakfast.
Being ladies of leisure here at Glam we made sure we washed down the delectable meals with an equally delectable cocktail (or two). The Courtyard G & T was a particular stand out for us. We also loved the timeless Pimm’s Jug, because who can say no to Pimm’s?
A quick mention must be made about the staff… They were quick, friendly and attentive, and the food came out super quick even for a busy kitchen. You know we like that!
The atmosphere at Grace The Establishment was perfect. If you have a special occasion to celebrate and you’d like a bit of luxury, or if you just feel like making your weekend brunch a little classier this is the perfect spot.
The Parisian Brunch menu runs Saturday and Sunday from 11am- 2pm, with the normal lunch and dinner menu also available from midday.