In theory, turning 26 isn’t a special birthday. It’s not a quarter of a century, it isn’t a milestone birthday and it isn’t really a traditionally big event. But when you can get together 16 of your faves together for brunch it can only inevitably become a special memory to look back on. Well… that’s if you remember it! No mean feat when there’s prosecco flowing and unlimited Grey Goose Bloody Mary’s…
All I wanted to do this year was get together with close friends and relax. I’ve always liked the Mondrian hotels bars and so, with the promise of bottomless Bloody Mary’s and Prosecco, pretty views, and the ability to fit all 17 of us into one large table, I booked The Mondrian Hotel at Sea Containers for it’s Saturday Brunch. For £50per person (excl. service), you can have two courses and bottomless booze for two hours.
I love the Mondrian Hotel as a venue, as it has so many exciting spots to explore. It’s bright and airy (I love floor to ceiling windows), it serves locally sourced food and, for me, it’s the perfect space to clink glasses with my favourite people (some of whom you may remember from my previous birthdays, travels in Thailand and foodie adventures in London)
We shared reunion hugs, excited hello’s and once we caught the ear of the waiters, the endless flow of prosecco and spicy Bloody Mary’s began. The Doc had just bought me a Canon 750D camera as an INCREDIBLE birthday present (honestly I count my lucky stars), which we took along and played paparazzi with!
It was time to get cracking on the food.
Smashed Avocado on Charred Toast, with ripe cherry tomatoes, fresh coriander, chilli and a soft poached egg. Exactly as it sounds, the crunchy toast played vessel to carry all the soft creamy avo goodness! Simple and delicious.
The breakfast hash of chorizo, roast potato, wild garlic, and a beautifully oozy vibrant poached egg. This was my favourite course – I just love all of these ingredients and they married together so well. OMG so good and well balanced. Definitely the best dish there! I actually didn’t order this but managed to convince the Doc to share with me. #birthdaygirlperks
The Egg Sammy wrapped up a sunny side up egg, crispy bacon, Jack cheese, avocado, coriander & chipotle relish in a brioche bun.
Chicken and waffles: crunchy buttermilk waffles, fried chicken, and Sriracha slaw. This was the dish which unfortunately wasn’t well received – it took far too long to arrive and when it did one of the dishes was a little undercooked.
Pancakes were served with fresh tangy blueberries and comforting maple syrup. They’re not actually on the Bottomless Brunch weekend menu but I had requested them when booking as the options on the set menu wouldn’t suit a few of the dietary requirements in the group. Luckily, the chefs at the Mondrian were happy to rustle a stack of these babies! The blueberry pancakes were a proper crowd pleaser – you just can’t go wrong with good fluffy pancakes, can you?! Perfect for the vegetarians in the group, I totally think these should be added to the weekend brunch menu asap. Take note, Sea Containers!
So the food was a little hit-and-miss, but the prosecco and Bloody Mary’s were free-flowing and seriously delicious – the perfect savoury, spicy balance. Sea Containers will even customise them for you in their Bloody Mary bar, but we loved them as they were!
The food took much longer than usual (over an hour) but the staff made up for the slow service with an extra hour of Prosecco and a bottle of Perrier-Jouet, which was fine by me! We took lots of photos, caught up on each other’s adventures and laughed loudly, fuelled with bubbles!
I do love a bottomless brunch but it can be quite an anticlimax when you find yourself heading home mid-afternoon so merry! Once we had finished brunching in Sea Containers, we headed to the most informal bar at the Mondrian, the Den, to continue the celebrations. It’s an inviting, more informal area, perfect for getting comfy and catching up. The Doc did a very sweet, unexpected toast, the birthday singing commenced, and one of my best friends, Gopi and her lovely husband, Kish bought out the most beautiful Wilton’s Hazelnut birthday cake for me. It was one of the best cakes I’ve eaten in years and it was completely devoured within minutes! It was literally the icing on the cake, topping off a perfect birthday bottomless brunch.
Finally, we ended up in the Rumpus room bar, a firm favourite in my list of top London rooftop bars. It’s chic, pretty and serves incredible cocktails and has gorgeous views over London. At this point, the camera was put away and the birthday celebrations wrapped up.
Whilst the bottomless prosecco and Bloody Mary’s at the Mondrian may be guilty of making my memory slightly hazy, I had the best Saturday in absolurely what-felt-like forever. Nothing puts a smile on my face quicker than spending time with these guys and it was a great spot for such a big group.
I’d highly recommend Sea Containers for your next big group brunch. Take a fun group and don’t forget your dancing shoes… it’s inevitable, the party won’t end with the bottomless brunch!
Which restaurants do you like for big groups? Have you been to The Mondrian Hotel?