Nestled in the heart of Spitalfields, surrounded by various stalls selling nick-nacks and vintage clothes, you'll find Brother Marcus, an all-day eatery shaking up London's brunch game. Trading in the usual eggs Benny and smashed avo for a menu of award-winning Mediterranean and Middle Eastern-inspired plates, the restaurant also boasts dreamy interiors. The brunch-lover that I am, I couldn't resist checking it out for myself and felt it only fitting to take my brother (unfortunately not named Marcus) along for the ride.
It’s a Sunday morning and both the market and restaurant are brimming with people seeking solace from Storm Dennis. Brother Marcus is a popular choice and it’s not hard to see why. The spot oozes old-school LA chic with pastel hues and natural stone flooring transporting guesting to sunnier climates. A welcome change to the biblical weather outside. Grabbing a seat on their plush banquet, my eyes are immediately drawn upwards to a ceiling of hanging plants, wicker lights and fairy lights.
The first port of call: coffee. As a black Americano fan, I’ve had my fair share of burnt and bitter brews but their filter coffee (£3) - with free refills - is smooth and delicious. Before I know it I find myself three cups deep with a caffeine buzz that’s only growing by the minute… A creamy, Ferrero Rocher-esque avocado and pistachio smoothie (£5) offers a much-needed break from my coffee rampage.
Cooking up refreshing takes on traditional breakfast fare, the In-Law (£10.20) has me tucking into two perfectly poached eggs with the orangest yolks. Happy eggs. They come accompanied by smoked chilli jam, burnt aubergine and - perhaps a slightly excessive amount of - greek yoghurt on a wonderfully fluffy homemade pita.
Sides have also received the Brother Marcus treatment, with tenderstem broccoli (£4.80) chargrilled in a honey and sesame glaze. Flavoursome and crunchy, it wasn’t altogether necessary - the mains are more than filling enough on their own - but, hey, who am I to say no? Adding the final flourish to our meal, grilled aubergine with chilli beetroot hummus (£4.80) is both a visually and culinarily appealing plate and makes a great accompaniment if you’ve got any extra bread going spare.
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If you’re looking for something a little different from your next brunch outing, then Brother Marcus is the place for you. Dishing up both style and substance, the kitchen masterfully mixes traditional elements with a few unconventional flavours. Don't worry, they're still serving up all the classics - Full English, French toast and porridge - but with an Eastern kick. And seriously good coffee.
Brother Marcus is located at 2 Crispin Place, Spitalfields, London, E1 6DW and is open Monday-Friday 8:30am-11pm, Saturday 9:30am-11pm and Sunday 8:30am-5pm. It also has sister sites in Angel and Balham. On the hunt for more places to eat around Spitalfields? Check out our pick of the best restaurants here.