I recently met some friends for a gluten free brunch at Benugo’s Bishopsgate Kitchen in Spitalfields, London. My friends are both of the gluten eating variety and I hadn’t seen them for an absolute age so it was the chat and not the food that was destined to be the highlight. As usual I had my trusty oat cakes with me to stave off hunger pangs in case my gluten free brunch was to merely consist of lettuce leafs.
There wasn’t a huge gluten free offering on the brunch menu and they didn’t do gluten free bread but there was slightly more than a lettuce leaf to play with. So whilst eyeing up the rather lovely full english breakfast being served around me I toyed between the roasted butternut squash, goats cheese and pine nut salad and the chorizo hash, poached duck egg, spinach and Manchego cheese. Finally opting for the latter, without duck egg (as I don’t like eggs), I asked for tomatoes instead and I was pleasantly surprised with what I was presented with….
Looks lovely doesn’t it? I have to say I really enjoyed the wonderful mix of flavours the chorizo gave the dish. Although is chorizo hash meant to be chorizo with sautéed potatoes? Either way it was very tasty! With a few of my gluten free oat cakes on the side, I’d say it was very enjoyable. The ambience in Bishopsgate Kitchen is a relaxed one with a real mix of old and new artefacts dotted around the place and the perfect brunch setting. The service was relaxed and pleasant although slightly inattentive when another friend arrived to join us.
However, it’s not the place to go if you’re Coeliac due to cross contamination and I really think they would do well to extend their menu to include another gluten free option along with the vegetarian offerings. With 1 in 100 people in the UK having coeliac disease and that doesn’t include those of us with an intolerance it’s a big market so don’t forget about us Bishopsgate Kitchen!
All in all though it felt like an indulgent experience to travel to London to meet friends for a long awaited natter and appreciate an appetising gluten free brunch. Boy did we talk, even having to evacuate the restaurant due to a fire alarm didn’t stop us! Luckily we’d finished eating by then.
Benugo’s Bishopsgate Kitchen gets a GF&G score of 8/10
I wasn’t paid to do this review, I travelled to London at my own expense and paid for my own meal . These opinions are my own.
©Maria Brannigan 2013