The only constant in my week (that I look forward to) is brunch with the girls every Saturday. For the last four years or so we’ve been going to Raoul’s in Clifton Road. Before that we used to go to Patisserie Valerie in Marylebone High Street, and I can’t remember when or why we started going to Raoul’s, but it was a good call…
The menu is varied – they serve everything from a full English to sandwiches to pastas and more substantial main courses. For a long time, my standard meal was scrambled eggs and sausages (after all, there’s nothing like a big sausage on a Saturday) but after a while I needed to be more adventurous. The eggs are a specialty – they’re flown in from Italy and have the brightest yellow yolks I’ve ever seen. My most recent favourite dish is the Croque Madame – a toasted ham and Emmental sandwich with a fried egg on top:
The French toast is out of this world. I don’t know what they do to it, but it is a-ma-zing. On occasion we’ll order it as dessert and share it. I don’t know if it’s the bread they use, or the fact that it tastes so buttery, it’s divine.
Just before Easter this year, Raoul’s was closed for two weeks for refurbishment – we didn’t know what to do with ourselves! One weekend we had brunch at Fego in St John’s Wood High Street – the menu looked good but the food was disappointing. Especially as many people I know go on about how good the food is. Our eggs were so rubbery, we could have bounced them off the floor. I’m not going back there any time soon.
Gosh, we were happy when the new Raoul’s re-opened:
It’s not usually that empty – it was a hot day and most people were sitting outside. We usually have to wait for a table on Saturdays – just because we go there every week doesn’t mean we get any special treatment. The only criticism I have is that the staff can be a moody lot – we’re lucky if some of them even acknowledge us as regulars… We’re not asking for much – a smile every now and then will do!