When the heat gets too much to handle in the UAE, escaping to Europe is always a good idea. With summer sales, blue sky, cute cafes and plenty to do, London is your one stop shop for sunshine filled shopping, and once you've whetted your appetite, food is always just round the corner.
On a whistle stop tour through the city, we popped into the newly opened Rail House Café, the younger sibling of Fitzrovia’s famous Riding House Café, for a spot of Sunday brunch. Situated in Victoria’s shiny new Nova development, the trendy new eatery is remarkable in design, with intricate Colonial era details, custom made furniture, sheer glass windows allowing for lots of light and a selection of different spaces within the restaurant, accommodating every type of custom from those working over a cup of coffee, to those catching up with friends.
A standout dish on the menu is their green tea waffles
Seating 300 at any one time, sunny days allow visitors to enjoy their plush al fresco options, whilst date nights and more intimate gatherings can be enjoyed in one of their private rooms. Those dining in the main restaurant can opt for chest-height tables or lower options with benches whilst watching the brilliant bartenders whisking up one of their famous 'Marys' or the chefs frying eggs in the open kitchen.
Who doesn't love Shakshouka?
Moving onto the menu, I was delighted to see a happy balance between inventive and traditional. The adventurous should tuck into the Green Tea Waffles or the Burgerdict, the latter offering a burger topped with poached eggs and hollandaise sauce – a standout on the menu. More obscure dishes also make an appearance, including Turkey’s traditional Shakshuka and the Scottish Kedgeree. There are plenty of small dishes to share like the delightful grilled octopus and calamari, alongside larger dishes including sandwiches and salads.
The brilliant Burgerdict
The menu also features eight kinds of juice and smoothie as well as an abundance of coffees, teas and other tasty concoctions. Making the experience that bit more enjoyable were the staff, who produced food armed with a smile. Much like its older sibling, Rail House Café is a jack-of-all-trades, offering foodie favourites served alongside reinvented classics and creative concoctions, in a bright and beautiful setting. Plus, it takes reservations all day, every day – an uncommon practice in Central London.
For more information and reservations visit railhouse.cafe