Monday, 4 July 2016
Review | Neighbourhood
] Quite a lot of this review will mirror what I wrote a few weeks ago at the Neighbourhood launch party so you’ll have to bear with me. If you want to read that post, you can do by clicking here.
I’ll start off by saying I love food and hands down my favourite meal of the day is brunch. Why? Because you get a nice little lie in, there’s lots of choice and quite frankly it’s the best kind of food. If I could eat brunch everyday I probably would. So when Neighbourhood came on my radar to review and since I hadn’t tried their menu since the refurb, I jumped at the chance.
Neighbourhood to those that know it has historically had a nightclub/dance label stuck to it. And it does a damn good job of that. There’s not a night when I’m down that part of down that it isn’t bursting with people or a queue spreading yards and yards to get in. But with the refurb, and having spending some time chatting to the manager, although they get and appreciate how successful the venue is, they also want to get the word out about the food.
During the day the venue is more chilled out but still has a buzz about it. We decided to eat in the dining are just because it’s nice and light and airy, plus it’s very photogenic. You’ll see from the photos just what it looks like but the venue has a strong colour theme throughout. The main area is a rich palette of green and gold accents with the lighting against the dark wood panelling. And the dining area is a little more feminine with marble surfaces and pink furniture. And we all know marble is a blogger’s dream.
Aside from the interior, I’ll get back to the food. Although Eggs Benedict is one of my all time favourite brunch dishes, I opted for the Classic American Breakfast which if it isn’t clear from my photos is eggs, bacon and sausage with a side helping of pancakes with maple syrup. So basically the best of both worlds. Normally I’m quite funny when it comes to mixing savoury with sweet but at brunch, I usually have a craving for both so killed two birds with one stone.
The portions for me are the perfect size as they’re not too big and not too small. And although it was technically a ‘fry up’, it wasn’t greasy and it didn’t leave me feeling bloated or sluggish which is a sign of good ingredients. We finished off with a cappuccino, a delicious Black Forest Gateau (hey, it was the weekend!) and what I can only describe as the most amazing fruit juice (a combination of apple and mango).
We were there longer than I spend at most brunch venues but as cheesy as it sounds, times flies when you’re having fun. I always find when I go to Neighbourhood, it’s not just dining but an experience. From the minute you walk into the venue to the minute you leave, it’s a fun, relaxed and friendly vibe. The staff are impeccably polite from the managers to the serving staff and not only do they make your visit an absolute pleasure, it’s clear to see just how much they enjoy their jobs. I realise though my rambling that I am gushing but I’m a big advocate of credit where credit’s due. And Neighbourhood you should definitely give yourself a pat on the back.