BBQ Brunch at Hotbox

There’s just something so good about delaying breakfast (or eating both ha) and indulging in a seriously over-the-top brunch way closer to lunchtime, whilst sipping on prosecco…
But recently a friend said to me “there is no such thing as brunch” and I have to say, it hurt.
In a poached egg and hollandaise sauce induced haze, it became clear to me that my true purpose on this Earth is to share and promote acceptance and equality for brunch foods, because they are exactly the same as breakfast foods (they are literally the same).
I mean, that’s not quite how it happened. It was more like I decided to keep on finding spots like Hotbox and to share them because let me just say two words:
Barbecue Brunch.
How do you like that?
Hotbox is just one of the many street food vendors who are taking the big step of settling down in permanent premises. Before setting up house in the heart of Spitalfields, the barbecue connoisseurs led a smoking path around London with pop-ups all over the city.
The moodily-lit restaurant is the kind of place that’s loud, with a constant hum and hubbub of noise, but you can’t hear the specifics of the table-next-door’s conversation. A team of incredibly well-groomed staff (we’re in Shoreditch, you should have known there would be beards) tend to the tables and actually know their menu. Helpful and not adverse to substitutions whatsoever.
We dropped in and quickly decided what we wanted. The brunch menu is extensive enough that you don’t feel limited but not over-the-top massive either. Mum opted for the Eggs Benedict with bacon instead of the pork belly, whilst I gave the Huevos Rancheros a go, with a side of bacon.
The Eggs Benedict were incredibly decadent, a proper hollandaise sauce, sprinkled with a touch of spice. I imagine the smokiness of the pork belly would have accompanied the rich sauce for an unholy combination, but mum said the bacon went just as well.
The Huevos were zingy in the right way with the chimichurri on top being the flavour that made it a proper brunch dish. My kind of dish because who doesn’t want to dip bread in anything they can? The beans were smoky and so so more-ish, even once I was full I just kept on dipping away. The only thing that could have made it better is a dollop of guacamole on top, to add that freshness to (and relief from!) the spice.
Game onnnn, Hotbox, because I’m coming back for dinner.
What’s your favourite brunch spot in London? Or do you know of any outside of London? What’s your go-to brunch dish? 
Love, Chloe xx

Find the menus at Hotbox HERE.



    • October 17, 2016 / 8:48 pm

      They were so good, they look huge don’t they!?

  1. simpleandseason
    October 17, 2016 / 7:45 pm

    That eggs benedict looks off. the. chain. Can’t beat a good eggs ben, I’ll definitely check this place out! Have you been to Bad Egg? Also your friend is mental for saying there’s no such thing as brunch! Brunch foods aren’t just breakfast foods – they’re breakfast-esque foods that are a tad too rich to eat first thing!

    • October 17, 2016 / 8:45 pm

      They were unreeeaaaal. No I haven’t – I’ve just looked it up though and it looks right up my street! It’s going on the list… And I know, yours is actually the best definition of brunch I’ve seen!

    • October 17, 2016 / 8:38 pm

      I just wish I could have tried more from the menu! But I suppose it means I have reason to go back! Oh and thank you, that’s so sweet – I use Picasa to edit 🙂

  2. October 17, 2016 / 8:32 pm

    Oh my GOODNESS how do i not know about this place?? I love Shoreditch and I love bottomless brunch so looks like I need to ge down there asap!! Haha thanks so much for sharing x

    • October 17, 2016 / 9:06 pm

      It’s such a find. I can’t wait to go back!! They do an amazing bottomless brunch here too, just couldn’t sample it as I had an event afterwards, next time though!

  3. November 2, 2016 / 9:31 pm

    Brunch is the ultimate meal! Your photos and writing make me want to go there right now and eat as many different types of eggs as my body can handle.
    You’ve definitely put this place on my map! Have you been to Duck&Waffle? I love their brunches and it doesn’t even matter what I order.
    Maya |

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