The Brunch club is now The Cookhouse on Gladstonos, 25353434, LEMESOS (LIMASSOL)
Food: [rating:3.5] 3.5/5
Service: [rating:3.5] 3.5/5
Ambiance: [rating:4] 4/5
It might have taken a few years for Limassol (and Cyprus in general), to adopt the “brunch” concept but I think we finally got it. Limassol in fact has jumped a few stages in the brunch scene, meaning that it went straight into the cool, brunch places with great food and funky crowd. One thing is certain, The Brunch Club, is one of the best places to have brunch in Cyprus.
It is a pop-up brunch place but only in terms of location, rather than frequency, although, I hope they keep their most recent location for sometime. I don’t know if it is just the element of surprise as I have never been to Mimosa before, but I thought the whole concept was a big hit. The brunch was served at the first floor of Mimosa in the old city, a rather cosy, kitsch but at the same time modern and cool space. The old, wooden floors, together with the vintage “grandma” sofas, the high tables, the fantastic fire place and the small bar all worked very well together creating a fantastic winter atmosphere.
The menu? As it is should be: short but with enough dishes to make us want to order more than one dish and including everything a brunch menu should have. The two granola options with different fruit were quite tempting even though I would never substitute my brunch eggs for that, while the two quiche choices were a good addition. The Eggs Florentine (poached eggs with spinach) that myself and my Proud Cypriot friend had were perfectly runny with a thick and tasty hollandaise sauce and a surprisingly good English muffin –something I thought was non-existent in Cyprus. Mr Proud’s Cypriot Eggs Royale (with smoked salmon instead of spinach), were equally good. An 8.5 month pregnant woman and 2 devourers can never be full with one dish each so we had to order some extra nibbles. The quiche with feta cheese and spinach was fairly tasty, clearly freshly made, although I wouldn’t order it as a main course but rather as a snack. The omelette with avocado on rye bread was excellent and despite the plain omelette having a rather neutral taste, the avocado and rye bread compensated for it. The cherry on the cake was the American pancakes with mascarpone, blueberries and maple syrup that were probably the best dish of all! In fact the taste reminded me the first time I had tried them on a trip to the USA when I was 12 years old –that definitely means something. They were thick and moist and not at all dry with a generous amount of syrup and mascarpone cheese. Pure delight!
It is worth mentioning that the drinks prepared by the co-founder of the brunch club (and a well-known barman), Nicholas, were up to standard with a very good Virgin Mary and an equally good refreshing mixed juice to cure Mr Proud Cypriot’s hangover.
All in all, 6 dishes and 4 non alcoholic drinks for 3 people came to 60eur, an “ok” price I thought for the quality and quantity we had. The food, together with a pleasant, relaxed yet buzzing, cool and hip ambiance was and still is, indeed, a recipe for success!