You know you're assured a treat at Quaglino's from the moment you are greeted with a warm smile at reception and led towards the bar for an aperitif.
From the raised vantage point of the inviting bar, the beauty of this 1920s Art Deco building reveals itself to you. Having undergone a multi-million pound renovation nothing is left wanting in style and finish. A fine selection of cocktails are available, themed around environmental issues. I can certainly recommend 'Let's Be Clear' and 'Raising Up' for their principle and taste!
As you step down the sweeping main staircase you feel transported back in time. Especially today with the second of an all new Saturday brunch series, running every Saturday from 6th April to 27th April. Today its Swinging 60’s Brunch with Kristin and band teleporting us back to the heyday of musical conquest. 'Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow' by The Shirelles started the ball rolling as the lush velvet curtains drew back to reveal the five piece band. 'My Cherie' seamlessly slides into 'My Girl' before a touching version of 'I Say a Little Prayer' by Aretha Franklin garners a ripple of satisfaction from the bustling restaurant. Kristin's vocal passion and versatility shines through the perfectly balanced sound bringing diner's together in head-nodding or hip swinging appreciation.
Q Brunch offers an array of egg dishes including Florentine, Royal, Benedict or poached with crushed avocado and streaky bacon (which I can vouch for). There are also a selection of other starters including the Quaglino's cocktail (native lobster, wild Atlantic prawns, Devon crab, avocado mango, cucumber salsa), Jersey oysters for the more adventurous, or pork rilette with apple celery & walnut salad. The mains also span various taste thresholds with lobster Thermidor, slow cooked pork belly and Quaglino's amazing brunch burger all on offer along with many other dishes. These delicacies are all washed down with free-flowing bubbles from hyper attentive staff.
It's a very well thought through setlist with favourites 'Walk On By' by Dionne Warwick and 'Heatwave' by Martha Reeves adding a personal touch to my dining experience as 'Suspicious Minds' and 'Hey Jude' clearly did for others. When everyone was well fed and more than a few glasses under, the DJ took over to continue the fine dinning experience long into the afternoon.
With Gatsby Brunch and Q 50s to follow this is a highly recommended decadent treat for music, food and fizz lovers alike to kick off a truly relaxing weekend.
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