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The best brunch

34 Mayfair

Type of venue: 
RESTAURANT

Our Verdict: 
Food – MEAT HEAVEN
Drink – EXCELLENT
Party – THANKFULLY NONE

Who was seen there: 
Duchess of Cornwall,
Prince Andrew,
Kate Moss,
Simon Cowell

Perhaps EatDrink.Dance reviewers are showing our age, but we really prefer our brunches NOT to include either disco or hip-hop dancing and NOT to offer bottomless option that make us feel guilty if we do not maximise our opportunities. We are typically grumpy enough to want a decent, ideally meat-based food, served in a relaxing, but classy setting.

If the above parameters describe your tastes and you like your steak, but want something more than rump-sirloin-filet basics, 34 is the place for you. The brunch in this understated celebrity haunt is not cheap, but neither it is out of reach – we would call it par for the course for the prestigious address the restaurant occupies. The Head Chef Harvey Ayliffe has been at helm for the last five years and it is safe to say that he has successfully combined his rich and varied prior experience into the total which exceeds the sum of its previous parts (Hix, ivy, Soho House, Dirty Burger etc). The menu includes original twists such as Wagyu brisket tacos and baked egg shakshuka – both delicious. Steak conservatives and purists need not worry – a range of Scottish, Argentine and USDA cuts is also available. We sampled USDA Rib eye and it hit the bull’s eye, served as perfect medium rare. Brunch = cocktails, right? Everybody seems to talk about the multitude of Bloody Marys, Marias and Mashas on offer, but we were more in a fizz mood and both Bellini and Rossini were as exquisite as the art of their naming inspirations. The summary – food, drink, service, atmosphere – all top marks.

Archer Street, Soho

What do others say

GQ

If you want to treat yourself to an especially decadent brunch, then you could do worse than to head to 34 Mayfair, where steak and bone marrow sits on the menu opposite classic brunch dishes like pancakes and shakshuka … Put your detox to the back of your mind, because now is not the time to hold back. .

Evening Standard

With its art deco styling, immaculate service and a sophisticated menu that focuses on steaks and grilled meats, Caprice Holdings’ 34 Mayfair has become a go-to for well-heeled diners in central London. The space comes high on impact, with parquet flooring and soft lighting … although far from cheap, 34 Mayfair is an upmarket venue for those seeking to impress.

Hello!

… high profile names known to frequent the restaurant include Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew, Tamara Ecclestone, and Joe Jonas … meanwhile, Kate Moss is such a fan she collaborated with the restaurant to develop the 34 Kate Moss Coupe … The atmosphere of the restaurant is also part of its charm; with a stylish décor and a private dining room, called The Emin Room, that features artworks from the celebrated artist Tracey Emin. … although 34 Mayfair is a celebrity haunt, you don't need an A-List budget to dine there.