Fig & Olive – the best hangover cure in North London!

Mimi ON May 24, 2010 AT 4:24 pm

Fig and Oliveby Debbie Djordjevic.

Hangover or no hangover, Sunday brunch is a stalwart of the eating out experience. Not only does it revitalise after too much indulgence the night before but it’s by far the healthiest way of starting the day and will keep you going until a light snack in the evening. It was a search for the perfect brunch venue that got us to try Fig & Olive in London’s Upper Street this Sunday and we certainly didn’t make a bad choice. Just over the road from the chef du jour, Ottolenghi’s restaurant and round the corner from The Almeida Theatre, Fig & Olive is really quite cool with lots of light, a well stocked bar and a comprehensive menu. Cheaper versions of the dinner menu are on offer from 10am until 6pm each weekday but it was the Big Breakfast (£6.40) which got our gastric juices flowing. Not for the faint-hearted (or veggie although there is an alternative) this included smoked bacon, sausages, hash browns, toast, beans, two perfectly fried eggs and mushrooms. I had started my summer panic diet so left the others to it and felt very viruous while tucking into the Fig & Olive salad which came with dried figs, feta, potatoes, french beans and more – all in a fresh dressing. The coffee was strong, the orange juice freshly squeezed and the music laid-back with a definitely Sunday feel. Altogether a wise choice as not only did the bill for five of us come to a more than reasonable £46 including service but by the time we left, the shops on Upper Street had all opened their doors for shopping – result!

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