I love brunch. Going out for copious amounts of high-quality breakfast food is an idea that I can get behind. So when I was invited to try out Florentine’s punch brunch with unlimited cocktails for 90 minutes, I got myself down to Waterloo for a morning of delicious eggs and generous gin.
When you think about it, bottomless brunch is a strange concept. Why would you want to drink before lunchtime? Let alone be given unlimited drinks for a set amount of time so, naturally, you’ll want to get your money’s worth and keep refilling your glass. I didn’t realise how bizarre it was until I was feeling groggy – like a hangover was incoming and I was desperate for a nap – at 3pm on a Saturday, traditionally the best time to be up and enjoying your weekend.
Is bottomless brunch worth the weird afternoon that will follow? I’m going to say yes. It feels a little bit naughty, like you’re breaking the ‘five o’clock’ rule. Stumbling back out into the sunshine, or grey London clouds in my case, does feel very odd.
What about the actual food, though?
I can confirm that Florentine does fabulous eggs Benedict. They definitely need to teach me how to perfectly poach an egg. They must select only the finest hens, too, as I haven’t seen a yolk that beautifully orange in a long time. The hollandaise sauce was just right, and mixed perfectly with the egg to give a soft and delicious breakfast. It lived up to expectations, as my last eggs Benedict was on board the Disney Magic with Disney Cruise Line, and I’m glad to say that this didn’t disappoint.
The cocktails that we had were scrumptious and very more-ish, which is just what you need when they’re unlimited. Be sure to ask for the punch brunch and you will be served this refreshing treat of gin and fruit juices, complete with edible spices and delicious dried orange slices. I almost want another glass already.
Are you a fan of bottomless brunch? Where is your favourite brunch spot in your city?