Review: Bottomless Brunch at McPhabbs
Want to know when they'll be doing Bottomless Brunch again? Dates at the bottom of this post!
Are there two more beautiful words than Bottomless Brunch? I don't think so. I was pretty damn excited when I heard that McPhabbs were going to be doing a Bottomless Brunch over Easter so made plans to go along.
So what's the deal with bottomless brunch? Well, down in London it's quite common and usually means bottomless booze whereas McPhabbs mean bottomless food. I know which I'd prefer when it comes to brunch! (food, obviously). For £15pp you choose three tapas-sized brunch dishes, eat those and then order more, and you have a two hour limit to eat as much as you can. Plus the option of bottomless filter coffee option for £2pp.
I'd woken up early on Sunday and trekked around Rouken Glen with Graeme and Joffrey and got totally soaked to the bone, so by the time brunch rolled around at 12pm I was ravenous and even more excited for food than normal. The menu sounded so good and with so much choice (8 plates, 3 rolls, 5 toasts) it was a little bit of a challenge to know where to start! I ordered the salt beef benedict, the buttermilk fried chicken and truffled tattie scone.
I chose well. The fried chicken and the salt beef Benedict were two of my fav dishes of the day and I seriously considered ordering second portions of them, that's how good they were. The portions were a good size – smaller than normal so you didn't get stuffed full straight away. The salt beef was generous and went really well with the hollandaise and muffin. The fried chicken was absolutely delicious – beautiful cooked, juicy inside and I loved the kick of Sriracha and the sweetness of the maple syrup.
Honestly, I wasn't a fan of the truffled tattie scone – the consistency wasn't for me. I believe it was house-made rather than a packet tattie scone which I'd normally love, but I think it was a little on the thick side.
With those first three plates cleared, we ordered another round of food. I went for the banana bread French toast with bacon (blueberry jam was another option) which was really delicious. I like that it was something a little different from your usual French toast – I think that's where McPhabbs really excels, putting an interesting/delicious twist on standard dishes.
Once I was done with that, I decided to finish with a slice of pan con tomate toast (essentially tomatoes on top of some toast). I forgot to take a photo but it was really delicious with a generous slab of tomato on top and a nice fresh way to finish the meal. Others choose to get the house chocolate + nutella spread on toast which looked amazing and came in a little pot.
I always love brunch but it was nice to be able to try 5 different dishes rather than just one. We had a 2 hour limit on our eating and even though were gossiping the whole time, it didn't feel rushed so that wasn't an issue for us at all.
Quite a few people commented on my instagram stories to ask when McPhabbs Bottomless Brunch would be back, so I'm excited to say they've given me the scoop. They'll be doing another Bottomless Brunch over the next Bank Holiday weekend – which, if you can't be bothered checking your calendar, is actually next weekend – Saturday 29 April, Sunday 30 April + Monday 1st of May. You can book a table by phoning them on 0141 221 8176 or messaging them on Facebook/twitter if the though of making a phone call makes you feel physically sick (I feel your pain).
I've written about McPhabbs a couple of times before including their inclusion on my fav meals for 2016 list for their soft shell crab burger. If you haven't been to McPhabbs recently, it's been updated and has a fresh new look and a seriously delicious menu.
Disclaimer: Barry, the manager at McPhabbs is a friend of mine but I've written an honest review about brunch, and did not receive anything for free in return for my review.