As you may know by now, I love a good brunch. So when I was invited via Love Pop Ups London to review the Spanish brunch at Las Banderas in Soho, I jumped at the chance! Las Banderas has expanded their brunch offering from last year’s successful haloumi brunch. The Spanish brunch includes a haloumi option, but also offers tapas dishes thoughtfully pulled together to make brunch with a Spanish twist.
*Full disclosure, my meal at Las Banderas was free in return for this review*
Spanish Brunch at Las Banderas
Las Banderas in Soho is easily found at the bottom end of Wardour street. They have an extensive menu of tapas, paella, meat and cheese platters and they also do brunch.
When walking in you see a bar on the right hand side and large wall with wine, olive oil and jamon hanging up. They have space upstairs and a large downstairs area, which is suitable for larger groups.
The tables are all warm wood and the chairs surprisingly comfy even though they are plastic!
I liked the light in the upstairs area where we were seated, perfect for a brunch or lunch.
The brunch menu has 5 options, 3 of which are veggie:
- Veggie breggie – the one with baked aubergine and Spanish tortilla
- Meatballs brekki – the one with meatballs and potatoes bravas, topped with an egg
- Sweet Iberico sensation – the one with American pancakes topped with Iberico ham and maple syrup (veggie without ham)
- Jamon Spaceman sandwich – rustico Iberico ham & potatoes bravas
- Halloumi flashback – the one with halloumi fingers, guacamole and scrambled eggs
All dishes come with salad, except the pancakes which have fruit and nuts.
Whilst they don’t have anything explicitly labelled as vegan, they could make something for you by combining dishes and excluding cheese – e.g. baked aubergine and potatoes bravas without the cheese topping.
I ordered the meatballs brekkie and my friend the veggie breggie.
The combination of fried potato cubes, meatballs in a tomato sauce and a fried egg ticked all the boxes for me.
The meatballs were soft and tasty – perfectly cooked. The tomato sauce came with peas and carrots in it and worked well with the potatoes as well as the meatballs. When the runny yolk of the fried egg was mixed in it resulted in a rich and satisfying dish.
I also liked the garnish of the salad. With cucumber, sun dried tomato, radish and rocket, it was a nice clean contrast to the richness of the tomato sauce.
The carb element in this dish is the Spanish tortilla – a set omelette with potatoes. This was served with the baked aubergines in a herby tomato sauce (not the same as the meatballs!), with a little parmesan cheese on top and the same salad garnish.
I love aubergines, so for me this dish was great! The herby sauce was a perfect rich accompaniment and my friend said it went perfectly with the tortilla.
Did I mention that the Spanish Brunch comes with a bottomless drink option? For £32 you can get one of the brunch dishes with unlimited drinks for 90 minutes. I decided to start with coffee and hydrating orange juice and it was a perfect start.
The coffee was good coffee, not too strong, but not too milky. Whilst they don’t advertise non-milk alternatives a little birdy told me they usually have some available.
The orange juice was also divine. Freshly squeezed, with lots of lovely pulp, you could feel this doing you good!
We then decided to try the cava and as we were doing the bottomless offer, we got a bottle to ourselves on the table.
Blending this with the orange juice was a good mimosa tip.
Then I had to make sure that the sangria option was good too – I mean the things I do in the name of reviews for you lot!
We ordered one white sangria and one classic red. They came with only orange slices as the fruit – nothing wrong with that, but perhaps not the alcoholic fruit salad some are used to? I found the white sangria quite sweet – I think they use a melon liqueur in it. However the red wine one was more to my taste and dangerously easy to drink!
Whilst the brunch dishes are combined out of dishes from their normal tapas range, they are well considered. Each of the dishes we had was a proper meal. You certainly weren’t left feeling hungry after the generous portions either! I saw the halloumi dish and pancakes go past to another table and those looked like good portions also.
The central location of Las Banderas Soho means I’ll definitely consider this restaurant for lunch and dinner too! It is perfectly situated to access the West End before or after a show.
So have I tempted you to try out the Spanish Brunch?!