From all the beautiful photos I'd seen online I really was looking forward to my visit to Dalloway Terrace. Located close to Tottenham Court Road, Dalloway Terrace forms part of the luxurious Bloomsbury Hotel.
On arrival I noticed that there were guests eating brunch, lots of delicious looking pancakes and plates piled high with toast and eggs, as well as tables with mums and daughters having afternoon tea. I found it a bit unusual as in the past restaurants have seemed to serve either brunch or afternoon tea at different times of the day. Either way, I was excited to order my savoury brunch and experience this intriguing venue.
The style of Dalloway Terrace is Parisian chic and the reason that this restaurant is so special, cosy and inviting, is absolutely due to it's decor. Flowers adorn the walls and ceilings as well as fairy lights and lots of carefully considered plants encourage you to think you've stepped into a magical garden party. The beautiful marble table tops and silver teapots and accessories add class and elegance. At one point I wanted to explore a bit further and went downstairs only to come across another cosy outdoor terrace area with it's own bar, I could imagine it being a brilliant birthday party setting or a drinks and canapes reception for an event with work.
I am really thankful that we visited Dalloway Terrace in September as I can imagine the terrace getting quite cold around the winter, especially as you are underneath a canvas roof, however there were blankets provided and outdoor heaters too. It started raining whilst we had finished our food and we were thankful to staff for letting us stay for extra cups of tea at our table. In the end we were there for almost three and a half hours.
For brunch, I had the avocado, grilled plum tomatoes, poached eggs and chillies, on toasted sourdough whilst my friend Kitty had the shakshuka eggs with a side of avocado and toasted sourdough. Not knowing what shakshuka eggs were, I found out they are similar to baked eggs and are cooked with peppers, chilli and cumin all served in a lovely ceramic dish. Both were very tasty, and we particularly enjoyed the fantastic sourdough bread.
After these dishes we still felt the need for something sweet and ordered the rainbow Acai bowl with seasonal berries, banana and nuts. For those of you that have eaten an Acai bowl, you will be familiar with the dark red nutty acai. A bowl of pink natural yoghurt with fruit and nuts arrived and was not quite what we expected although it looked gorgeous as you can see. The waiter on seeing our disappointment that it didn't quite match our expectation kindly took it off the bill for us.