Weekends are for slow lazy brunches. In the City, there are now so many choices for brunch. The Devonshire Club is one of the new ones to add to the list. They have just launched their Sushi in the City brunch that is only available in the weekends and is open to non members.
Being a weekend, their main seatinsung area is quite empty and there is a DJ playing some mellow tunes by the bar. The bartenders are in full swing, delivering well crafted cocktails. This main room is dominated by the long bar which probably sees a lot of traffic on Friday nights. The luxuriously appointed dining room is just past the bar, with semi private circular booths and tables by the window with a view over the garden. On two sides of the dining room are the open kitchens delivering both the Japanese menu and their main regular menu.
Our brunch starts off at the bar with some cocktails and the weekend FT.
On the Sushi in The city menu:
Victor’s Sushi and Sashimi Bonanza
Raw vegetables, truffle and ponzu drip
Seafood and Vegetable tempura
Roast pork belly, chilli and coriander ramen
DC signature crispy duck and pomegranate salad
Miso blacked cod
Mochi Ice Cream
The Japanese brunch menu has lots of recognisable favourites, not just sushi. This showstopping dish is the sashimi platter. good thing this was a cold dish as we spend ages taking pictures and video of this dish. This was swiftly followed by a selection of maki sushi. The selection of fish was great made with nicely seasoned sushi rice. meanwhile, my fellow diner was busy chatting up the cute young Brazilian waiter and it didn’t hurt that he was also pouring a continuous flow of Veuve Clicquot Champagne.
The other dishes followed. It is not really a starter and mains kind of meal. It’s a casual delivery of the items on the menu, which is perfect for a long, lingering lunch with girlfriends.
Their Roast pork belly, chilli and coriander ramen is served in a small Chinese rice bowl sized with the stock added at the table. A flavourful stock made this ingredient laden bowl of noodles a delight.
Our favourite dish was the crispy duck salad with shredded pieces of duck and a tangy Asian dressing. A large plate of Seafood and vegetable tempura was delivered at the same time. Oddly, they served this with a sweet chilli sauce which didn’t work. The earlier Ponzy sauce worked a treat as the dip. Another dish that we were looking forward to was the blackened Miso cod, which is not quite the same as Nobu’s famous Miso Black Cod. Here they seemed to have blowtorched it which made the texture a bit strange.
Mochi ice cream seems to excite a lot of people but it’s not my favourite and there weren’t any other choices. Three flavours were served, Yuzu, black sesame and strawberry. The ice cream inside was delicious, once you get past the chewy glutinous rice skin.
As it was a leisurely Saturday, we lingered a while more at the table with some coffee. We could have adjourned to their glass enclosed outdoor lounge which had some nice comfy sofas.
The brunch menu offers a choice of free-flowing Prosecco or Champagne. The service comes with a well packaged smile.
Crispy Duck Salad, Miso Cod and Tempura
The Sushi and the City Brunch is available on Saturdays for non members from 11.30 to 3.30pm. Prices from £50 per head.
5 Devonshire Square,
London EC2M 4YD
Tel: 020 3750 4545
EatCookExplore was a guest of the Devonshire Club