There’s nothing I love more following a Cocktail Saturday than a Sunday brunch. During a recent trip to London, my friend and I went to Colbert in Chelsea for some much needed hearty food after one too many cocktails the night before.
With its prime position on Sloane Square it is in the perfect spot. Inspired “by the great boulevard cafés of Paris”, it sits where Chelsea, Knightsbridge & Belgravia meet. Inside there’s a 1930s Parisian feel with monochrome tiles, dark wooden wall panelling and red leather banquettes.
We visited at 9.00am on a Sunday morning and it was already full. As soon as you enter you feel the buzz of the brasserie. It’s a very popular place, mostly with well-heeled Chelsea residents (I spent most of the meal admiring a beautiful Hermes Birkin sat next to me), although it still remains low-key and relaxed.
The menu is simple and is split into breakfast, all-day dining as well as a lunch and dinner section. For breakfast, there is fruit, porridge, granola and various egg options as well as the standard French pastries. I chose poached eggs with hollandaise sauce and a pain au chocolat and my friend had an omelette as well as French toast with maple syrup and bacon.
We also ordered a side to share of french baguette with butter although we didn’t even touch it, too full from devouring our meals.
The food was simple but delicious and exactly what we needed to bring us back to life. My eggs were perfectly done and the pain au chocolat was buttery and flakey, washed down perfectly with a pot of tea.
I’ve read mixed reviews about the service but I have to say it was faultless when we visited. The staff were highly trained and efficient but also very friendly, which is quite unusual in London. The maître d’ spent several minutes chatting to us asking about our trip and suggesting places for us to visit.
The food was reasonably priced, approximately £20.00 each which, considering the amount we ate, I think was great value.