Motley Serves up in Style.
Being that I live in London, I’m a millennial, and I’m endlessly irritating on Instagram, it’s perhaps no surprise that the prospect of brunching out can provoke the kind of excitement that rivals any child on Christmas day. I really love avocados, ok…
So when Motley invited me to check out their new brunch offering, it took me all of two seconds to say yes (playing it cool, obviously). The restaurant occupies the ground floor of the Qbic hotel in Whitechapel, right in the heart of east London’s shabby chic streets and colourful history. Step inside Motley and you’re immediately surrounded by statement typography wall art, hipster-cool sculptures, and a load of cacti (of course). It’s very #millennial and it’s made for Instagram, but it’s also ambient, stylish and relaxing – with live lounge music accompanying every weekend brunch session too.
Once we find our cosy corner, it’s time for the good stuff. Motley’s brunch menu offers all the classics a breakfast connoisseur would expect: think smoked salmon, sourdough bread, and eggs any way you like. There’s also an array of different burgers from superfood to double patty, and January saints will enjoy the tasty selection of salads and bowls – charred tenderstem, tahini labneh and beluga lentils are a highlight.
We opt for the “Big Pan” – a two-person sharing pan of baked eggs, with mushrooms and lentils hidden in the tomato sauce, a dollop of fresh guacamole on top, and slices of grilled sourdough to dunk in our eggs. And yes, I do take a Boomerang of my oozing, gooey yolk…
But what makes brunch even better? Prosecco. And Motley has plenty of this too at its DIY bottomless Mimosa bar – where you can help yourself to fizz, fresh juices and a variety of berry garnishes in a combination of your choice, as many times as you like.
In a rogue brunch move, we are advised to save room for pudding – a challenge we nobly accept. Although expectations aren’t low, we certainly aren’t prepared for the pleasant surprise in store – a hot, indulgent sticky toffee pudding, with ice cream gliding down its sides, and a rich, thick treacle tart with a crumbly base and lashings of clotted cream.
Suitably stuffed and feeling fizzy from our mimosas, we leave the oasis of Motley to brave the harsh Whitechapel rain – with wet feet, full stomachs, and an overwhelming urge to stay another hour.
Motley is a real diamond in an unexpected location. Expect friendly staff (Londoners who actually smile!), comforting, delicious food, and a seriously laid back atmosphere. A perfect location for lazy lunches, boozy breakfasts, or your next avocado fix. Keep it in mind the next time you go east.
42 Adler St, E1 1EE, qbichotels.com