SUNDAY cafe & restaurant

Open Hours: Mon Closed; Tues-Fri 8:30AM-6:00PM; Sat-Sun 9:00AM-6:00PM

Address: 169 Hemingford Road


Phone Number: 020 760 73868
Tube: Caledonian Road Station

Almost hit the snooze alarm Saturday morning, but the thought of pancakes and French toast got the best of me. The crew headed out bright and early with brunch on our minds. The trek was quite far from where we live, but I refused to leave London without trying SUNDAY’s famous buttermilk pancakes/French toast duo.

Couldn’t decide what to order so we went a bit crazy and ordered everything they’re known for.

Buttermilk Pancakes.

It’s so thick and fluffy I’m going to dieeeeee. Lathered in blueberries, maple syrup and topped with bacon slices and honeycomb butter. Coming from a person who’d always choose waffle over pancakes, these babies had me second-guessing my life choices. Probably one of my favourite places for pancakes in London (along with OPSO and Chiltern). Oh, and I think the generous portion size speaks for itself.

Brioche French toast.

Caramelized banana and vanilla crème fraîche sandwiched between two thin, egg-y pieces of French toast. Look at all that extra drizzled salted caramel – more for us please!

Corn Fritters.

Served with kiln smoked salmon, avocado and tomato. Personally liked how they smoked the fish until succulent and soft. I’ll be honest, it was my first time trying corn fritters and it really just reminded me of corn stuffed pancakes – not bad!

Fried Chicken over Waffle

Chicken was tender, but the waffles were highly disappointing – soggy and tasteless. Wish we’d replaced that order with another plate of their pancakes.

All in all, the first thing that should come out of your mouth when you arrive is “pancakes and French toast please”. Hold off on the other orders unless you’re dying to try something new because traditional breakfast food is their strong suit. Oh yeah, and though they offer it, don’t go for the half-portion for either…that’s just a sign of weakness. 

Monocle Cafe

Open Hours: Mon-Wed 7:00AM-7:00PM; Thurs-Fri 7:00AM-8:00PM; Sat 8:00AM-8:00PM; Sun 8:00AM-7:00PM

Address: 18 Chiltern Street 


Phone Number: +44 20 7135 2040

Tube: Bond Street or Baker Street Station

After a week of non-stop worrying about my friend’s visa not processing due to her lost passport, we made a trip to the embassy at 7AM in the morning to ask for a special letter from the government. Apparently these letters are ‘never given out’, but we were lucky enough that the process was smooth and she got the letter printed and signed right away.

We left feeling thankful, excited and most of all relieved, so we decided to celebrate over some much-deserved breakfast.

I had been looking forward to trying this café for a long time now. It’s a minimalistic Japanese coffeehouse on Chiltern Street with plenty of study space and pastries raved by Londoners. They actually specialize in selling travel guides, journalistic magazines and souvenirs (every single thing of which I love).

Their Swedish Cardamom Bun.

Wished the bun could have been more pillowy and doughy. Perhaps it would have been better fresh out of the oven.

Cappuccino and Iced Tea.

Quite liked their coffee actually, while their iced tea was refreshing.

Although I’ve had better pastries, I am in love with the simple interior design of the place. Great spot to study and although the place gets busy, most people have their coffees to-go so the atmosphere remains pretty serene. Be sure to grab the few scarce seats outside if the sun’s out.  


Open Hours: Mon-Fri 12:00-10:00PM; Sat-Sun 12:00-10:30PM

Address: 47 Rupert St

Phone Number: 07446245225

Tube: Piccadilly Station

Finallyyyyyy the Japanese matcha chain Tsujiri has made its grand entrance in London. And just in time for my exam season may I add. No better timing to have an emergency matcha fuel place than when under test stress.

Their Matcha Sundae.  

I know I’m always advocating that you can never get enough red bean, but this was a bit too sweet for me. If you do go for the sundae though, order the one that comes with genmai (crispy rice) at the bottom and a waffle at the top.

Their O-Matcha Soft Served Ice Cream.

Yessss, now that’s what I’m talking about. Creamy and dreamy soft served with heavy flavouring of matcha, just the way I like it. So glad I don’t have to travel out all the way to South Kensington to get my fill of Tombo matcha soft serve now that I have this place at my doorstep. Definitely one of the best I’ve had in London.

Wish this place gave out loyalty cards because I'm actually there every other day. In fact, you can probably spot me on your next visit here - don't forget to wave hi as I'm busy devouring my second soft serve ice cream cone.

PS: this place gets mad crowded on Friday and Saturday nights, but don't be intimidated by the lines, they go pretty fast

New Row Coffee

Open Hours: Mon-Fri 7:30AM-7:00PM; Sat-Sun 8:30AM-7:00PM

Address: 24 New Row


Phone Number: +44 20 3583 6949

Tube: Covent Garden or Leicester Square Station

Spotted this place awhile ago when I was picking up matcha cake from Pan de Vie, but really decided to try it when I saw they started serving iced matcha lattes.

Their Iced Matcha Latte

Love that they craft the drink with handmade almond milk.

Small store space, but such friendly staff and great for people watching if you snatch a seat.  


Open Hours: Mon-Sat 11:00AM-11:00PM; Sun 11:00AM-9:00PM

Address: 25-27 Oxford Street


Phone Number: 020 7439 8237

Tube: Tottenham Court Road Station

Popped by the vegan restaurant I always walked past next to Tottenham Court Road before I headed to the Sunday market in Shoreditch.

You can either opt for their small box, big box or the sit-in tray of which you add whatever you want from their buffet section and weigh it for pricing.

Got a bit of each

Lentils were my fav, but everything else was very meh.

Their Blueberry Cashew Cheesecake

Beautifully presented cake and sauce (that I swear even sparkled a little?) but the texture was a bit too hard and dry for me not to mention the dessert itself was really sweet.

This place is alright for a quick shopping break, but I wouldn’t have it at the top of my list if I were around the Tottenham Court area. You’re better off trying tibits if you’re looking for a vegan alternative. 

Beigel Shop

Open Hours: Open 24 hours

Address: 155 Brick Lane 

Phone Number: 020 7729 0826

Tube: Liverpool Street Station

Looks like London couldn’t resist jumping onboard the rainbow bagel craze dominating New York. Because #bae-goals

Got this bad boy for only £1.  

Yeah that’s right. My tube ride cost more than this bagel and it came with a generous layer of cream cheese.

PS: This place is open 24/7 sooooo drunchies anyone? 

Lola's Cupcakes

Open Hours: Mon-Fri 8:00AM-5:00PM; Sat 9:00AM-4:00PM; Sun closed

Address: 14-18 Neal St  


Phone Number: 020 8963 5757

Tube: Covent Garden

Got a dozen of these babies for my birthday last year, but unfortunately they were squished by the end of the night. Didn’t stop the Red Velvets from tasting amazing though.

My friend delivered this to me after my 24hour exam and I think it’s fair to say a carrot cupcake after a full day of no sleep is warranted. 

Lola’s is my go-to cupcake place in London. Just enough icing with cake batter that isn’t overly sweet. Be sure to try their rosewater and pistachio if you get the chance – they’re bomb dot com. 

Farm Girl

Open Hours: Mon-Sat 9:00AM-5:00PM; Sun 10:00AM-4:00PM  

Address: 59A Portobello Road  


Phone Number: +44 20 7536 2108

Tube: Notting Hill Gate Station

Anyone who knows me, knows that I love pink, so you can imagine my excitement when I got to Farm Girl and saw their interior design. Their health-conscious menu only scores them more bonus points!

Berry Pancakes.

A huge stack of fluffy, homemade buckwheat pancakes drizzled in amber maple syrup and topped with fresh blueberries, raspberries and coconut shavings. Highly recommended – and lucky for you they are on their all-day menu. They were a bit too pretty to eat (jk we devoured them all).

Their Acai Bowl

Blended frozen acai topped with sliced banana, chai seeds and goji berries. One of the better acai bowls I’ve had in London so I’d recommend if the Cali in you is dying for some acai berries.

And of course, we couldn’t come to Farm Girl and not try their famous Rose Latte.

Only drank this baby after taking 1012391 pictures. The mild rose flavouring is infused with the water they use to make the latte. Beautifully presented – highly recommended.

Overall, I completely loved my first time here. The waiters were friendly, the food was good, the lattes were Instagram-worthy and there are plenty of plugs for charging if you’re coming to study. They’ve got a small, but lovely outdoor terrace to eat at, but beware that the café gets a bit packed during rush hour so you may have to wait for seats. Definitely recommend this place to those looking for a healthy, casual but quirky place to eat in the West London area. 


Address: 33 Roland Gardens


Phone Number:  +44 20 7370 6701

Tube: Gloucester Road Station

Was quite intrigued when a friend of mine told me about Blakes’ brunch in their famous birdcage and thought I would have to see it for myself.

Since exams are around the corner, we decided it would be most productive if we went for breakfast and then went straight to studying.

Their Mint & Ginger Tea.

Their Full English Breakfast.

Eggs over toast with sausages, bacon and baked beans. While the eggs were fluffy, we thought the sausage and bacon were too oily and over salted.

Their Brazilian Acai with Banana and Popped Spelt

Extremely disappointing. Portion was ridiculously small with a few slices of banana and spelt that tasted a bit stale not to mention the acai was blended too watery.

Their birdcage. 

Needless to say, we were not impressed with their food. Though I’ll admit, sitting in their birdcage with strings of dangling flowers was quite an experiencing. While the ambiance was beautiful and the service was prompt, I won’t be coming back again for a meal anytime soon. 

PS: If you'd like to sit in the birdcage, remember to phone them a few days in advance to request it. If no hotel guest is using it, they would be happy to give the seats to your party. 

Bloomsbury Coffee House

Open Hours: Mon-Fri 8:00AM-6:00PM; Sat-Sun 8:00AM-1:30PM

Address: 20 Tavistock Pl


Phone Number: +44 20 7837 2877  

Tube: Russell Square Station

Popped by this underground café after our early morning breakfast to get some law studying in before Sunday church session. Quite a cozy place with wooden oak tables, brick walls and mismatched mirrors/paintings hung on the walls.

Their Smoked Salmon and Scrambled Egg on Toasted Bagel.   

While the food was nothing out of the ordinary, we were quite happy with the reasonable prices and variety of health conscious options available ranging from their free-range eggs to freshly supplied organic meats. Their teas and coffees are wallet-friendly as well. 

This place has got free wifi, plenty of plugs for charging and a quiet atmosphere for students looking to study during their exam period. No wonder it’s a favourite among the SOAS and UCL kids that live around the block. Heard their vanilla porridge is killer too, so go ahead and try that one out for me if you stop by here for breakky in the morning. 


Open Hours: Mon-Fri 10:00AM-11:30PM; Sat 11:00AM-11:30PM; Sun Closed

Address: 12 Winsley Street 


Phone Number: 07637 4748

Tube: Oxford Circus Station

After revision in the morning, a “short shopping break” which inevitably turned into a few hours of must-find-an-outfit-for-this-Friday’s-birthday-celebration, we finally popped into Lebanese street eats restaurant, Yalla Yalla, for a late lunch.

Hungry and ready to eat anything in our way, we opted for their “business lunch” deal for 2 that included 3 mezze to share and a plate of mixed chicken and lamb shawarma each as main.


Fried chickpea and bean patties drizzled with tahini sauce with a side of salad.


Nice touch of toasted pitta bread mixed into the salad.

They also served us Hommous with Pita that is not pictured here. 

Our mains: Chicken Shawarma

Thinly sliced pieces of grilled chicken served with chopped tomato, onions, parsley and a side of vermicelli basmati rice.

Mixed Lamb and Chicken Shawarma

Needless to say, we devoured our meal in 10minutes. It was a quick meal, but we left happy and hearty.  

East London Juice Co.

Open Hours: Mon-Sun 8:00AM-9:00PM

Address: 2-4 Bethnal Green Road


Phone Number: 07482244218

Tube: Liverpool Street Station ‘

Sometimes I’m healthy…or at least I attempt to be if I know I’m about to consume a whole XXL bingsu myself for dessert (no I don't share sorry). Perhaps that’s why we insisted on dropping by East London Juice Co. for a little acai bowl pick me up.

Acai Frozen Bowl

Frozen blended acai topped with bananas, chilled blueberries, strawberries, goji berries, pumpkin seeds, chai seeds and flower petals. Too pretty I almost didn’t have the heart to eat it (just kidding, devoured it like the pro I am). 

Avocado Toast

Avocado and probiotic cashew cheese spread on top of their toasted homemade organic chai, buckwheat bread. Love how thick and creamy their cashew cheese is (not to mention its vegan and dairy-free).

Washed it down with a cup of Green Tea.

Small little hole in the wall this place is, but love their clean, minimalistic interior and how healthy, but delicious they make their food. And the fact that everything was presented in such an aesthetically pleasing way didn't hurt either. 


Open Hours: Mon-Fri 12:00-11:00PM; Sat 10AM-11:00PM; Sun 10:00AM-6:00PM

Address: 10 Paddington Street


Phone Number: 07487 5088

Tube: Baker or Bond Street station

How to deal with exam stress? Easy. Take your camera, extra stretchy yoga leggings and your equally-as-stressed-out-friends and run to a brunch place far, far away…or at least as far as Bond Street.

OPSO has been high on my radar for brunch and it only took me, oh I don’t know, a whole year to come check it out? But you must forgive me, there’s just so much to eat in London and so little time.

This place serves modern Greek fusion mezze dishes for everyone to share. Indeed, we barely noticed the judgment around us as we ordered plate after plate after plate.

Koulouri Bread 

Traditional Grecian milk bread right out of the oven, covered in sesame seeds served with thick fresh goat’s curd. Paired very nicely with the other dishes.

Eggs & Chips

Pleasantly surprised at how much I loved their spin on the English version. Thick, crispy fries baked with creamy feta cheese, gooey egg and sprinkled in zesty tomato jam (favourite part) – highly recommended.

Homemade Granola 

Greek yogurt topped with oats, hazelnut, chilled blueberries, pomegranate seeds drizzled with thyme honey. Was especially pleased with the toasted oats that had a hint of graham cracker crumble – not to mention presentation was 100%. Definitely recommended.


Toasted pita bread stuffed with pork belly, tomatoes and red onions drizzled in tzatziki sauce. The bread came burnt and the taste was a bit underwhelming (we’ve had better in Greece) so we'll pass on this one.


Generous slice of their savoury, handmade bacon leek pie that crumbled in our mouths – we recommend either this one or their Spanakopita, which has spinach and feta.

Salmon Burger 

How cute is that? Even comes in its own little "take out" box. 

How cute is that? Even comes in its own little "take out" box. 

You don’t know the meaning of a “mini” burger till you’ve seen this one. While there are plenty of fish in the sea, this one’s caught my heart. Grilled salmon fillet spread with tomato jam and aioli mayo, sandwiched between two squid ink buns. Though too small in serving size, I honestly couldn’t pass up ordering this cutie.

Vegetable Sandwich 

Grilled zucchini, aubergine, red onions and red peppers paired with tomato jam, sandwiched between two toasted koulouri bread. One of my favorite orders because they toasted the two sides of the bread until warm and crispy. Even kind of reminds me of a New York bagel...

Now, by this time we had finished everything on the table. But of course, being us, it was either a) go home and study or b) order more and eat. I think you know what we chose to do…

OPSO Pancake 

Now if you’re feeling mad broke or none of my food photos have impressed you until this point, then please do me one favour if you go. For your own sake, order their OPSO pancake because I’m not a natural-born-pancake-die-hard-fan, but this was worth the hype. The chilled blueberries sprinkled ontop the cream cheese and organic strawberry jam paired perfectly with the golden-brown fluffy, but consistently chewy pancake. Order and have #noregrets

Overall, this is officially one of my favourite brunch destinations in London. Do make an effort to book for their brunches on the weekend because I do believe that’s the only time they’ll serve options like the pancake and granola (so worth man). My only regret is finding this place so late when I only have a month left before leaving for my internship, but always better late than never. OPSO, I will definitely be back for you after I stop drowning in exams. And the next time I come, I aim to eat till I'm broke.  


Open Hours: Tues-Sun Noon-9:00PM

Address: Pump Shoreditch 168-175 Shoreditch High Street


Phone Number: 07564 117339

Tube: Shoreditch High Street or Liverpool Street station  

Somehow I crave bubble waffle all the time. For those of you who aren't familiar with this common Hong Kong street food dessert, here's a brief recap: they're called bubble waffles because of how the griddle shapes the sweet, egg-y batter into round cells. 

Finallyyyyyy I was able to drag my friends out to London’s east side to try Nosteagia’s bubble waffles in Shoreditch Pump.

You can smell the sweet wafting aroma of waffle batter cooking on the griddle from a block away. Of course there was a line already by the time we got there.

Their Peanut Coco Pops

Coconut shavings with Nutella and peanut crumbles. So fluffy I wanna die.

Their Mr. Oreo.

Oreo, nutella and whipped cream drizzled in hot chocolate sauce.

Their Queen Berry. 

Overload of strawberries and blueberries with whipped cream and chocolate sauce. (PS: my hand was chocolate-sauced all over after this, that is how dedicated I am to you guys) 

Needless to say, we devoured our bad boys within minutes. Honestly, you can’t go wrong with any of their combos. If you’re feeling more adventurous, go for their flavored ice cream bubble waffle combo of the week (this week's special was Early Grey Lavender and last week's was Matcha) or mix and match to make your own by selecting their available toppings. So sad that I live quite far from here, but I guess it'll save me from spending extra £ on new stretchy sweatpants. 


Open Hours: Mon-Thurs 9:00AM-10:00PM; Fri-Sat 9:00AM-11:00PM; Sun 10:00AM-7:00PM

Address: 74 Wardour Street


Tube: Leicester Square station

If it hasn’t become apparent enough, I’m kind of a sucker for bread bowls. I get even more excited when they are customizable… that’s probably how I ended up at this South African street food joint.

Here's how it works:

Step 1: Choose your bread bowl; options vary from matcha to charcoal to whole-wheat

Step 2: Pick a main. We went for the Chaka Laka (spiced tomato chicken) and Veggie (cauliflower, chickpeas, paneer, potatoes and Durban sauce).

Step 3: Choose a garnish

Step 4: Devour

Charcoal bowl with Chaka Laka filling 

Charcoal bowl with Chaka Laka filling 

Whole wheat bowl with Veggie filling 

Whole wheat bowl with Veggie filling 

Go for the meats (all about that Peri Peri sauce) because the Veggie filling was a bit bland. Perfect portioned snack to energize you for the rest of your shopping trip in Piccadilly. Next round we’re looking forward to trying their matcha bread with marinated pulled pork filling. 

Friends of Ours

Open Hours: Mon-Fri 8:00AM-5:00PM; Sat 9:00AM-5:00PM; Sun 10:00AM-5:00PM

Address: 61 Pitfield Street


Tube: Old Street station or Hoxton station

While the small café is hidden within a quiet residential area close to Old Street, the place is buzzing during weekend brunch. We waited around 40minutes before being seated and were eager to place our orders (let’s just say no one had breakfast in anticipation for this brunch).

Organic Poached eggs with Asparagus

Loved the creativity of the lime and beetroot hollandaise sauce.

Huevos Motelenos

Mixed chorizo, peas, ham and chipotle tomato & capsicum sauce spread upon arepa cornbread served with fried plantains and a gooey fried egg. Personally wasn’t a big fan of the bread and the mix was a bit bland for me.

Harissa Baked Eggs.

Loved dipping my sourdough bread into the smoky, chili sauce mixed with their creamy hummus. Highly recommended.

Their overall service was extremely amicable and dishes were beautifully presented. I was a bit sad that they weren’t serving their usual Coconut Rice Pudding (was so excited to try), but that’s just more of a reason to visit again next time!




Open Hours: Sat-Sun 12:00PM-Sold out

Address: 40 Great Windmill Street   


Tube: Piccadilly station

End of the term essay deadlines getting you down? Don’t worry, I’m with you, counting down the days until it’s weekend again. Because every day closer to Saturday and Sunday, is a day closer to Yolkin’s rare opening times. Of course, you’ll find me there twelve sharp when Sammie sets up shop at the small Vietnamese eatery around the corner of Japan Center.  

She’s known for making specialty flavoured ice cream sandwiched between two delightfully lightly fluffed macaron shells. Every week you get a choice of 4 new innovative flavours. Options in the past include: HK Milk Tea, Reese’s Pieces, Salted Caramel Brownie, Black Sesame, Apple Crumble, Pockey, and Red Velvet (just to name a few!)

This week we had the chance to try her Cookies & Cream, Jasmine Tea and Mixed Berries.

Cookies & Cream

Cookies & Cream

Mixed Berries

Mixed Berries

Definitely one of my favorite grab and go weekend desserts in London - Sammie never ceases to impress me with her diverse palette of flavours. You can follow her Instagram @yolkinmacice for updates on her flavours of the week.  

The Barge House

Open Hours: Tues-Wed 10:00AM-6:00PM; Thurs-Sat 10:00AM-11:00PM; Sun 10:00AM-5:00PM

Address: 46a De Beauvoir Crescent  


Phone Number: 020 7249 0765

Tube: Haggerston Overground  

Sunny days aren’t a commodity in London, so when you get one you best take it and run. So, we ran…all the way to the Regents Canal. But the travel time is justified if our end goal consists of bread bowls, right?

Quirky little hidden café overlooking the waters.

Their “Breakfast in Bread” only happens on the weekends, so we got right to it.

The Original.

Imagine a plate of English breakfast stuffed in a loaf of sourdough bread and you got it – Cumberland sausage, bacon, tomatoes, oyster mushrooms, spinach and a free range egg topped with cheese.

Their Smoked Salmon.

Crispy sourdough bread filled with salmon, mushroom, spinach, leeks and a free range egg. They were nice enough to swap out the crème fraiche for avocado on request. Can I just say, out of this world??

Their Hot Stuff.

Probably our favorite out of the three with chorizo, hot beans, red peppers, mushrooms, spinach a free range egg, sprinkled with a hand full of cheese. Highly recommend if you’re a spicy eater.

Left with full stomachs, flour-dusted hands (peeling bread apart is harder than it looks) and conversation of our next return. Highlights of this place are questionably their bread bowls, amicable service and upbeat café atmosphere (view doesn’t hurt either). Definitely one of my favorite brunch spots in London up to date. 

Seoul Bakery

Open Hours: Daily 11:00AM-8:00PM

Address: 14 Great Russell Street 

Phone Number: 020 72400877

Tube: Tottenham Court Road

My apologies for the lack of updates, I’ve been traveling quite a lot in the last few weeks. Nevertheless, the eats must go on! I’ll keep this post simple and easy, just like the meal we had.

Grabbed Korean food at my favorite go-to place, before heading off to buy winter gear for our Switzerland trip.

Tofu Soup with Rice

Chicken Bibimbap

Extremely affordable, just the right portion size and served promptly. I do recommend their chicken kimbab and kimchi fried if you’re looking for some classics. Size of this place is quite small so you might have to wait a bit before being seated, but they’re always quick and you’ll always leave full and satisfied.   


Open Hours: Mon-Wed 9:00AM-10:30PM; Wed-Sat 9:00AM-Midnight; Sun 11:30AM-10:30PM

Address: 12-14 Heddon Street


Phone Number: 0 20 7745 6146

Tube: Piccadilly Circus station

How in the world do people go vegan? Guess that’s something you’ll start asking yourself once you’ve seen one too many #vegan #plantbased #vegansofinstagram hashtags show up on your newsfeed. Thought it was worth a shot to see what all the fuss was about so we dropped by tibits for a taste.

How it works:

1.     Admire the colorfully set out dishes at their food bar

2.     Fill your plate with desired food

3.     Weigh your plate at the cash register and pay accordingly

4.     Instagram your #vegan #plantbased #vegansofinstagram plate of food

Verdict: Won’t lie I was actually quite impressed with their combination of flavors. Our first plate was for taste testing and once we knew what we liked, our second plate was full of their spinach dal, middle eastern couscous and tiramisu. I actually brought along two other meat-lovers on this lunch and both went back for seconds. Though our experience was mainly positive (we also appreciated their cozy interior floral décor), the place would fare better with a wider selection of food options.

Don’t think I’ll be converting to veganism anytime soon, but a drop in to tibits every once in awhile can’t hurt the soul (or the health).