Inspired by 1960's Hong Kong, the Tea Room sits pretty under Greek Street's Bun House. Neon-lit and soundtracked by A' Go-Go singers and Far Eastern psychedelia, it's one of the chicest cocktail spots in town. Having recently launched their Hong Kong brunch menu, inspired by dishes from Founder Z's childhood, The Tea Room is now as much a place to grab a late-morning cup of syphon-brewed coffee as it is to grab a late night drink.
Pitching up on a Saturday afternoon - prime brunching time - the restaurant is still in a relaxed state of waking up with just a few groups are scattered about the dining area. To kick things off we tried the Yeun Yeung (£4) - a Hong Kong staple of coffee and condensed milk tea served over ice. Cold, caffeinated and refreshing, it's the hangover equivalent of applying Aloe Vera to a sunburn.
The bar offers their own take on the Bloody Mary, the Ma Li (£9.80), with not a drop of tomato juice in sight. Coming in red (sweet pepper and garlic chilli), green (low choi chive and stir-fry) and white (guava and pickled chilli), they're certainly a taste of something a little different. I opted for the White Ma Li, which is a flavour explosion to say the least - sweet guava offset by the tang and spice of the pickled chilli.
The menu provides a simple but eclectic range of brunch options. One such item is the intriguing HK french toast (£9.80), stuffed with cheese and peanut butter - sound like it should be disgusting? Plot twist: it's heavenly. Crunchy, chewy, sweet and salty it comes in a hefty portion perfect for a Saturday brunch indulgence. We also sample the cumin potato hash (£8.80), which includes whole roasted new potatoes, mince, topped with a fried egg and lots and lots of chilli. Highly spiced, the potatoes are deliciously soft and fluffy, while the crispy mince packs a serious chilli punch.
The entire meal is consistently surprising, each drink and dish offering a stunning set of flavours and sensations. It's no surprise that by the time we're licking our plates clean and ready to leave, the restaurant has packed out, with customers streaming in for their coffee, cocktails and congee. For a break from your habitual eggs benny brunch, the Tea Room offers one of the coolest dining experiences on the scene.
The Hong Kong brunch is available now at Bun House & Tea Room, 23 Greek Street, W1D 4DZ.