From full English fry-ups to cayenne-spiced avocado on toast, we asked you where you went for brunch and what you ordered, and here are your local recommendations around Roman Road. Whether you lust for a traditional fry up or a healthy vegetarian or even vegan option – find the perfect place to satisfy your breakfast cravings.
Cafe East, 426 Roman Road, London E3 5LU
Storming ahead with your shoutouts on social media is Cafe East, run by the brilliant Mustafa. Full English breakfasts are served in huge frying pans filled with bacon rashers, sausage, beans and a fried egg. There is a halal version with turkey rashers and beef sausages. They also pride themselves on their vegan fry up – think spicy falafel, avocado, red onion and rosemary vegan sausages, baked beans and hash browns. Mustafa notices the cycle of the weekend brunch crowd: first the early risers come from walking in the park ordering order something healthy (classic smashed avocado on toast), then as Saturday morning goes on, the lie-in lot arrive, who favour french toast with a great big coffee. By midday, Mustafa is everyone’s favourite hangover doctor – fewer running trainers come through the door and more fry-up pans emerge from the kitchen. To top it off, Mustafa’s walls are covered in art, which is rotated monthly so you never get bored. Read our interview with Mustafa here.
Cafe East is open for brunch on weekdays 8am-5pm and weekends 9am-5pm.
Mae + Harvey, 414 Roman Road, London E3 2RZ
Owner, Natasha Mae, knows about brunch. She knows it so well that she can predict what people are going to order before they do. Mae + Harvey serves brunch every day of the week, using the finest quality ingredients. Their most luxurious brunch is smoked salmon, from a smokers in Hackney, avocado, cream cheese, chives and olive oil, on a homemade waffle – a dish you’ve been shouting loud about on social media. Other brunch options include avocado and pickled radish toast with sesame and tamari dressing, or an oat milk porridge with fresh fruit and honey. And if it’s the morning after the night before, Natasha will knock you up a punchy Bloody Mary or a carrot, orange and ginger cold pressed juice. Mae + Harvey looks beautiful: the cushions in the window seats are made by Natasha’s neighbour, their ingredients are colourful and their plates are pretty. During the week, the cafe is filled with locals, working in the wide window looking onto the high street. On the weekends, the music gets louder and the cafe gets buzzier. But it’s nothing that Natasha can’t handle.
Mae + Harvey serves brunch Monday-Friday 7.30am-4pm, Saturday 9am-5pm and Sunday 10am-4pm. An orange juice is £2.
The Morgan Arms, 43 Morgan Street, London E3 5AA
Having nailed their Sunday lunches, The Morgan Arms is branching out into brunch. Their biggest splurge is their full English, and the biggest seller their Eggs Benedict. Expect a traditional menu and generous portions. This breakfast is done so well the Kray twins (Morgan Arms regulars, back in the day) would be proud. The atmosphere is relaxed and cosy, with tables available to book for up to eight people and a secret garden at the side where you can catch the morning sun. You can also count on a brilliant Bloody Mary, made with a choice of infused vodkas.
The Morgan Arms serves brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am-3pm. A freshly squeezed orange juice is £2.50.
Muxima, 618 Roman Road, London E3 2RW
If you like eating your brunch among the most eclectic, random and eccentric collection of furniture and art in Bow, Muxima is the place for you. The name means ‘heart’ in Angolan dialect, and it will warm yours. The family-run cafe aims to make you feel at home, customising their brunches person-to-person. A dish they’re most proud of it their buttermilk blueberry pancakes, topped with bacon, seasonal fruit and drizzled with honey. Or if you fancy a vegetarian special, go for Aunty’s shakshuka. Brunch is served all day everyday, but the buzz is different on the weekends. The cafe gets filled with a mix of people from the surrounding area – young professionals, families, market shoppers, dog walkers and even the local cat, Rufus. Other times you’ll find a DJ spinning some records on the back table and, if you get really stuck in with the Bloody Marys on a Saturday, you might catch the live band in the evening.
Muxima serves brunch from 9am-5pm Monday-Friday, 10am-5pm on Saturdays and Sundays. An orange juice is £3.
Maybin’s, 576 Roman Road, London E3 2HH
Since Sheree’s daughter, Carly, has come back from her travels in Bali, the menu at this traditional market cafe has had a makeover. Think hangover-busting smoothies made with banana, spinach, avocado, kiwi and spirulina. Or for food, their gluten-free potatoes, spinach, mushrooms and feta breakfast salad, with two poached eggs. The cafe sits on the corner of Roman Road and Armagh Road, and has a fiercely loyal set of customers made up of local market traders, workers and young professionals. Sheree knows their orders the moment they walk in the door. Other specials include avocado and spinach on sourdough toast, with poached eggs on top. Look out for Sheree and Carly’s smoothie bowls coming soon – imported straight from Bali to Bow.
Maybin’s serves brunch all day. A regular-sized orange juice is £2.50.
The Pavilion Bakery, Victoria Park, Old Ford Road, London E9 7DE
Owner, Rob Green, has brought Sri Lankan flavours Victoria Park’s lakeside. Green fell in love with South East Asian flavours after travelling and volunteering there. Now, his Sri Lankan breakfasts are a firm east London favourite. Plates include the Sri Lankan, which is an egg curry, dhal, string hoppers (rice flour noodles) and coconut sambol (hot sauce) – perfect to blow away any Sunday morning sleepiness. A few months ago, the Pavilion decided to cut back on meat sales for environmental reasons. Despite a couple of rashers of bacon making it onto their menu, it is largely vegetarian. Another favourite is sourdough toast topped with a fried egg, mushrooms, avocado, halloumi, coconut kale and homemade beans. All bread is made in-house and lined up every morning like dominos. The Pavilion sits proudly on the edge of the lake, with high stools looking out onto the water and benches under the trees. It’s bloody lovely.
The Pavilion serves brunch Monday-Friday between 8am and 4pm, and on the weekends between 8am-5pm.
Recharge, 140 Roman Road London E2 0RY
We’re not sure whether we want to tell you this, but Recharge is Roman Road’s best kept brunch secret. The produce is fresh and delicious, and the menu hits the spot. Expect perfectly seasoned avocado on toast with a colourful side of papaya, classic fry-ups with decent sausages and black pudding, and healthier shakshuka. Sit in the window seat with one of their delicious coffees and it’s very likely you’ll strike up a conversation with the person next to you. This is a favourite with the locals in-the-know – the perfect place to have good food in a peaceful spot on a Saturday. If you’re after a vegetarian option, why not try the garlic roasted butternut squash on sourdough with sunflower seeds and feta. They’re known in the community for their amazing value, friendly service and quality produce. Don’t tell anyone.
Recharge serves brunch Monday to Friday between 8am-5pm and on Saturday from 9am-4pm.
The Larder, 241-243 Globe Road, Bethnal Green, London E2 0JD
Walking further down towards Bethnal Green, you’ll come across The Larder, well known for its hearty vegetarian and vegan brunches. The Larder Special (which can be veganised) is served with fried eggs, roasted mushroom, tomatoes, homemade baked beans and polenta chips. Spicing things up is the Mexican breakfast, which is a mixture of beans and avocado on sourdough toast, with fresh spinach and tomato salsa. Inside, people sit on deep, comfy sofas or work by the window. Out the back is a garden to catch the morning sun, stuffed with pot plants and covered with climbing vines. Cure your hangover with a Veggie Cleanser smoothie – avocado, spinach, coriander, ginger, cucumber and apple juice.
The Larder serves brunch all week from 9am-3pm.
90 Degree Melt, 235 Mile End Road, London E1 4AA
When people think of vegan food, they don’t think of 90 Degree Melt. This new place on Mile End Road specialises in melted toasties and every dish is vegan or vegetarian. From gooey, creamy vegan grilled cheese sandwiches, to tofu scramble, to smokey shakshuka. Their vegan pancake stack is particularly indulgent, with fruits, syrup and mascarpone with extra ice cream, blueberries, chocolate chips and chocolate sauce. Another crowd pleaser is the french toast, made using brioche bread, doused in maple syrup and covered in fruit and mascarpone. For those who like their brunch bottomless, try their ‘make brunch great again’ package, which includes two courses and bottomless prosecco for just £27.50 per person. And if you need another brunch to cure your hangover from yesterday’s brunch, try their fresh Mimosas. Healthy, but also really not…
90 Degree Melt serves brunch on weekdays between 10.30am-3.30pm and on weekends from 11am-4pm. A glass of freshly squeezed orange juice is £3.15.
View Tube Cafe, The Greenway, Marshgate Lane, London E15 2PJ
The View Tube have been in the brunch-camp for years, first serving it in 2009. Their hardy full English is a crowd favourite, but they also serve things with a bit more of a twist. Why not try the vegan breakfast – falafel, homemade hummus, sourdough toast, with avocado, mushrooms and roasted tomatoes. The cafe is a little oasis by the Greenway path, surrounded by vegetation and with great views of the Olympic orbit installation. During the week it’s a perfect place to get comfortable with your laptop, or bring your dogs and kids on the weekends. Drinks get adventurous – try their Maca-cino, a coffee based on a Peruvian root that helps boost energy. You’ll be hurdling over the benches in no time.
View Tube Cafe serves brunch Monday to Sunday, between 9am-4pm. A large glass of orange juice costs £4.50.
The Crown, 223 Grove Road, London, E3 5SN
If you’re heading to The Crown, we recommend the Royal Breakfast – a fry up with all the trimmings. This brunch menu covers all bases from the Instagrammable avo toast to hot smoked salmon, poached hen’s egg and purple carrot. Drool. On a Saturday enjoy bottomless brunch from the breakfast bar and gorge yourself on granola and toast while your mains are cooking. This treat is only £20, so make sure to book in advance as it gets busy quickly.
The Crown serves brunch everyday from 10am-4pm Monday-Saturday and 10am-12pm on Sunday.
Other amazing local cafes with brunch menus include:
For a jazz brunch try NOLA, which serves praline bacon and eggs with king prawns, as well as an oyster brunch. They also mix a mean Bloody Hurricane. Find them at 107 Roman Road.
Hiland Coffee serves a great halloumi burger and has a private space you can rent for a brunch party. Big shout-outs from Sally on social media about their bacon, and avocado Rinkoff rolls. Find them at 467 Roman Road.
For a famous full English fry-up head to The Full Monty, a favourite with cabbies, policeman and locals. Find them at 245 Globe Road.
Magus and the Fool is perfect for sitting outside in the sun. Simple and delicious cafe food. Find them at 357 Roman Road.
Jack on Facebook recommends the Menemen at Semz Cafe, a local Turkish cafe. Find them at 483 Roman Road.
If you fancy brunch with an Italian twist, head to Symposium, where they serve up a mean Eggs Benedict with Italian pancetta or a potato gnocchi. Find them at 363 Roman Road.
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