I was invited to review 34 Mayfair and our food was complimentary. I was not paid to visit and was not under contractual obligation to write this blog post or create content on any platform. Neither was Oscar…
34 Mayfair is one of my favourites in London – the beautiful brasserie with international flavours is a real crowd pleaser that is guaranteed to satisfy everyone food-wise. And today’s crowd was the family, Mr S and little Oscar, for a day out and weekend brunch. Though I’ve been to 34 Mayfair lots of times before, I’d never actually sampled their brunch so I was looking forward to a treat. The Mayfair restaurant is currently sporting a gorgeous floral facade so anyone looking for a brunch that’s both delicious and Instagram-worthy should put this place at the top of their list!
And the stylish art deco interiors will also please fans of beautiful aesthetics. The Orient-Express style table lamps and leather banquettes are totally timeless and the marble tables are the ultimate in luxury.
Many people will associate a good brunch with a Bloody Mary… the classic was invented at Harry’s Bar New York in Paris by Fernand Petiot and was a simple concoction of Vodka and tomato juice. The mixologists at Restaurant 34 take the classic to a new level with lots of different inventive cocktails from their gorgeous bar cart. The classic 34 Bloody Mary sticks to the original roots of the drink and includes a signature spiced mix and a twist of dry sherry. Though Mr S opted for something a bit different, the Masha reflects the Russian love of vodka and the name is from the Russian fairy tale Masha and the Bear with the two elements of the cocktail echoing the journey through the forest portrayed in the story. It includes Champagne, celery foam, ikrá and spicy tomato mix with the Konik’s Tail vodka. Breast feeding a new born baby means vodka isn’t included in my diet so I oped for the classic Virgin Mary and I loved the way it was served in a metal tankard.
The brunch at 34 includes some of the regular dishes on the menu (classic steaks, the burger, spaghetti and meatballs) as well as special brunch dishes including options to share, the 34 Benedicts and a selection of waffles. The corn tacos with pulled wagyu brisket, jalapeno and Manchego are a perfect sharing dish to whet you appetite, the meat being so deliciously tender.
Huevos rancheros with fire roasted tomato, avocado and refried beans was my favourite dish. It’s not something I often see on a brunch menu but I loved the spicy kick and the chance to eat my eggs slightly differently!
We had to choose something from the Benedict menu and I went for my beloved smoked salmon with a perfectly poached egg and a decadent heap of caviar on top, perfect for a celebration breakfast or to have everyday!
Fried chicken lover, Mr S had to have buttermilk fried chicken waffles with maple cured bacon and tarragon creme fraiche!!
While we enjoyed our feast, the staff cooed over little Oscar and made sure everything was as comfortable and easy as possible for us. They even let me use the upstairs private dining room to feed Oscar in quiet peace.
Dessert is a must and how could I pass up strawberry waffles with hot white chocolate? And yes, it did taste as good as it sounds!
34 doughnuts with a trio of sauces including lemon meringue, raspberry and chocolate, was Mr S’s choice. And a very good one it was too!
We left the restaurant feeling very satisfied…a super delicious brunch and a very pretty one too. Put 34 Mayfair on your must try list!
S Audley St