Brunch is great but a bottomless brunch – one that keeps you topped up for no extra cost is even better! This popular weekend phenomenon makes it acceptable to be ‘day drunk’. London has a vast array of choices but not many transport you to the Caribbean for just £18!
Bringing the tropical vibes of Jamaica to Dalston, Rudie’s offer a bottomless rum punch brunch every Saturday and Sunday from 12pm to 4pm. Guests can choose one dish from the menu which incorporates Jamaican twists on brunch classics like the Yeah Mon! Full Jamaican and the Eggs Benedict with an added Rudie’s touch of jerk pork on toasted bakes. Vegan options are also available in the form of the Jah Love! Full Jamaican and vegetarian options such as Eggs Florentine.
Being a lover of the full English I just had to try the Yeah Mon! Full Jamaican. This was a satisfying serving of ackee and saltfish, lamb sausages, baked butter beans, sautéed spinach, boiled green banana and bakes. My friend ordered the same but due to her allergies she swapped the lamb sausages for jerk pork. We were a little greedy and ordered mac ‘n’ cheese (my absolute favourite) on the side too! The food did not disappoint, every single dish was delicious and full of flavour. From the perfectly formed ackee and saltfish (we know if it’s not made right it can be mushy!) to the tasty seasoning on the sautéed spinach which made a usually bland green exciting, to the extra cheesiness of the mac ‘n’ cheese.
The team behind Rudie’s have invested a lot of time and effort into making sure their jerk is authentic by researching techniques used in real Jamaican jerk centres and it shows. The lengthy marinating process, secret rubs and using only traditional jerk drums for cooking with coal and not gas means the jerk has a lovely smoky flavour. The jerk pork we tried was moist and tender, we didn’t even need to use a knife.
Now you can’t enjoy Caribbean food without washing it down with a classic Caribbean cocktail – rum punch. We enjoyed 90 minutes of this fruity drink which combines sweet and sour flavours. Rudie’s use Appleton Estate Special Gold Dark Rum and Wray & Nephew Rum combined with tropical fruit juices including grenadine, lime juice and sugar syrup. The attentive waitress made sure our glasses were never empty, but be careful this cocktail is strong!
So why not give this alternative bottomless brunch a go? Great service, a laid back ambience, affordable and most importantly mouth watering food and drink.
Bookings for brunch are essential.
Written by Jaynita Haria