I am torn between keeping this brunch spot a secret and telling everyone that Timmy Green serves one of the best brunches in London right now. Oh well…I have told you now, haven’t I?! Read on to find out what I loved about Timmy Green.
Timmy Green opened this year in Nova, Victoria’s newest upscale development and fast becoming London’s coolest new foodie destination. There will be 17 new restaurants and 3 pop-up kiosks open by the summer, many of them are already up and running. I definitely recommend you to go check the area out.
Timmy Green is the latest venture by the founders of Aussie style coffee shops Beany Green and of brunch haunt Daisy Green. I usually go to Beany Green for a cortado when I find myself near Sheldon Square, Paddington or Broadgate Circle (Liverpool Street). As I was familiar with the group, their coffee and their award-winning banana bread, I expected good things good things from their brunch menu. Even then, they exceeded my expectations!
First of all, I was surprised to find that Timmy Green is a very big restaurant, spread across two floors and a mezzanine, with a whopping 120 covers (their other eateries are much smaller).
The venue is stunning, flooded with natural light and beautifully decorated with marble counters, light pendants, original artworks and sculptures by British artists (including a giant egg by famous pop artist Sir Peter Blake).
The restaurant specialises in all day brunch dishes, which is what I am going to tell you about here. FYI – they also offer a menu of small plates designed to share, big prime steaks cooked to order on the Josper charcoal grill and a great selection of fine wines.
I visited Timmy Green a few weeks ago on a Sunday with my husband and two friends. It was a typically grey, chilly and drizzly London day. Timmy Green’s colourful dishes were the perfect antidote to the depressing weather.
We sat at a marble table on the second floor, right by the kitchen counter. There are only a handful of tables on that floor, so it felt very intimate, like having a private area for ourselves. My only comment about the venue is that the live piano music was a bit too loud and if we had been sitting on the ground floor, I think we would have struggled to hear each other without shouting.
What I attracted me to the Daisy Green Collection from the beginning is the owners’ love and passion about good-quality coffee, in true Aussie style! They use an espresso blend developed specially for them by The Roasting Party in Winchester. They also offer filter coffee made with the Hario V60 dripper.
Now, the best brunch dishes I have ever eaten in my life were in Melbourne and Sydney. I was there in 2013 for my honeymoon and ate brunch nearly everyday! The quality of the ingredients and most importantly the presentation of Australian brunch dishes blew me away and I never really found that same style here in London…until I tried Timmy Green.
I am not going to to state that this is THE BEST brunch in town, but it is definitely one of my Top 5 right now. There are many other spots I love in London, but when it comes to “Aussie style” brunch, Timmy Green definitely leads the race.
But let’s talk about the food!
My husband prefers sweet brunch dishes to savoury ones and was dead-set on having pancakes. He changed his mind at the last minute and instead ordered the Coconut bread french toast, thick Greek yogurt, fresh & freeze dried raspberries, mango, shaved coconut, bee pollen, pure Vermont maple. We were all incredibly grateful for his choice! The French Toast was unanimously voted by our table as the best dish of the entire meal.
On to the savoury stuff! My friend Surekha ordered Shakshouka, spiced tomatoes, peppers, labne, baked free range eggs, charcoal bread. and said it was really good. It looked delicious! I was curious to taste Timmy Green’s charcoal bread: an organic, cold fermented activated charcoal sourdough exclusively made at the restaurant. I liked the taste, but personally I wouldn’t say the charcoal flavour adds anything to this dish. A regular sourdough bread would have been just as good for me.
My friend Adam went for a classic breakfast dish: Eggs Royale, smoked salmon, dark rye, avocado, spinach, poached free range eggs, lemon hollandaise. I tasted a tiny mouthful and thought it was really good, especially the hollandaise (zesty, not too buttery). I also liked that it was served with rye bread, although some people might prefer the softer English bread muffins.
After much thought and time spent reading the menu, I decided to order the Fancy Bacon Roll with crispy onion crusted, free range poached eggs, back bacon, the Ribman’s holy f*ck hollandaise, fresh chilli, paratha roti (with avocado on the side). It was amazing and very filling!
The Ribman’s hot sauce made the hollandaise just the right level of spicy while the crispy onion added texture and flavour. The paratha was deliciously flaky, as it should be. If you are vegetarian, simply order this without the bacon, you won’t miss out on the overall flavours of the dish.
We couldn’t leave Timmy Green without tasting the Award-winning banana bread sandwich, mascarpone, fresh berries, flaked almonds, honey. Their banana bread is always good, but even more so when paired with mascarpone cream and honey. Delicious!
I give Timmy Green five stars for creativity, taste and presentation of their brunch dishes. If you haven’t been yet, I highly recommend you try it!
The Timmy Green Bottomless Brunch costs £39.50 per person and it includes a dish from ‘Something light’, a dish from ‘Set for the day’, bottomless Prosecco or mimosas.
Disclaimer: we were guests of the restaurant. All opinions are my own.