First: this is not a Boozy Bunch Brunch…sadly. I met up with a friend, and she is not the boozy brunch type. No worries … I can deal with that. We chose Powder Keg Diplomacy based on location and decor. My friend had some blisters from all the sightseeing, and she planned to meet more friends around the corner later on, so Powder Keg Diplomacy was just in the right place at the right time. Also as my friend was over from America, I thought the Victorian inspired decoration was a nice touch. We were seated in the back of the restaurant, which is advertised as “a picturesque, bright conservatory”. Personally, I would not call a conservatory, as it had no glass walls, but I was happy to sit in the “conservatory” as it was the brightest place in the this bar. My friend was somehow distracted by the frame design behind me, but my riveting telling of some amazing stories had her focusing on me again soon enough.
As we are both coffee addicts, the first thing we got was coffee. But we advanced to Bloody Marys rather quickly. They have six different versions, which all sounded rather interesting. Jayme was looking to get the Meaty Mary (English vodka, Sunday’s beef ‘jus’, PKD spice mix, tomato), but you can only get that on a Sunday, so she went for the Bloody Marley: Jerk seasoning infused rums, stout reduction and spice mix. I decided to go for the Tequila Maria: Tequila & mezcal, chipotle, PKD spices, avocado and tomato. They were booth delightful, but I preferred my spicy version over hers. The brunch menu is standard, and we went with English muffins & poached eggs for Jayme and the Vegetarian Breakfast for me.
There was one thing that was annoying me a bit – take a look at whats included into the Vegetarian Breakfast: Mushroom, hash browns, tomato, fried egg and toast. NO BAKED BEANS! I have to admit I didn’t read what’s included, as I just assumed there would be beans. But it turns out that you would need to order them as an extra … £1.75 it would have cost me. Well, I was surprised and disappointed when the plate arrived without the beans. It had the follow-up effect that I was unable to mop up the baked bean sauce with bread … which left me with dry, unbuttered bread. Looking back at this … who would have guessed that so something simple as not having baked beans could make or break a brunch? The spinach was a nice additional touch. Jayme had English muffins & poached eggs which was OK, as far as I could tell. She didn’t go into details, but she cleared the plate.
We finished our brunch with an Espresso Martini pour moi and tea for the less boozy Jayme. We both enjoyed our time at Powder Keg Diplomacy. The service was impeccable. The waiters were charming and attentive. The decoration is cute and has a hint of Steampunk to it, which I greatly enjoyed. Drinks were fine, and I would go back for that, but the food was just OK. I would definitely recommend it if you are in the area and need a drink in general, or before going for a meal. Maybe even after your meal.