Heading out for brunch on a weekend is, as you well know by now, one of my absolute favourite things. So when I was invited by Barboun, who serve up stunning food inspired by the flavours of the Levantine coast, cooked over wood fire…I was delighted to accept.
Food from this part of the world – Cyprus, Turkey, Lebanon, Syria, and Israel — and inland to Jordan – is up there with my favourite cuisines. I’m a big fan of the flavours and spices that are so popular in this region, so I was already excited as we boarded the train at Walthamstow, with Izzy yelling ‘Choo choo!’ at the top of her lungs, as LM masterfully guided the buggy onto the carriage. (I say masterfully as last time I attempted this, I managed to drop a book, bang my head and run over my own scarf).
The journey from Walthamstow to Liverpool Street is so easy on the overground – it takes exactly 15 mins and then the walk to Barboun was a short 8 min stroll from there… so we were there in a jiffy. (What IS a jiffy?)
The restaurant itself is absolutely beautiful and feels cosy, airy and calm. Our coats were taken and as we were shown to our table we could already smell the gorgeous aromas pouring out of the kitchen… I couldn’t wait to order. And when I saw the weekend brunch menu, I wanted absolutely everything. Turkish eggs! Banana pancakes! Chicken and waffles! Spinach Gozleme! BURMA BAKLAVA!
We took a breath and ordered shakshuka, avocado smash, potato and spinach gozleme, coffees and smoothies and thought that we would order their banana pancakes and lemon charcoal cake for pudding…
Barboun, which means ‘red mullet’ in Turkish, is a large restaurant of 100 covers, but it in no way feels booming and big. It has a lovely feel inside and everyone is all smiles.
Everything was delicious, the service impeccable and honestly, I really really REALLY wanted to order those pancakes and maybe a piece of date cake, but we were all so full after our eggs and yummies that I’ve had to promise LM and Izzy that we’d come back another day.
Do have a look at Barboun’s instagram account for more of their weekend brunch deliciousness – there’s lots to drool over… and in the meantime, here are a couple of photos I’ve pinched from there myself…
Thank you so much to Barboun for having us in their gorgeous restaurant for their new and wonderful weekend brunch – it was fabulous and I will be telling everyone I know to go.
Go go go!
61-67 Great Eastern Street London, EC2A 3HU
We were guests of Barboun and all thoughts & opinions are my own.