It’s not surprise that the Boozy Bunch has a thing or two for a boozy brunch, so when an opportunity came up (courtesy of Kapranos PR) to test out the Festive Bottomless Brunch at Aquum in Clapham there was no hesitation on my part. Becky and I headed down one sunny Saturday to Aquum to try the Greek-inspired brunch menu and of course indulge in a few glasses of bubbly.
Aquum is a bar (and definitely looks the part) but they’ve tried to make it more family friendly with tinsel and a range of games. The kiddie ball pool in the centre was an odd touch though – I’m not sure if they really expected people to dive in but I can see that being both hilarious and horrible at the same time.
What you need to know – aka TL;DR
- £15 gets you a main brunch item and 2 hours of Prosecco
- Layout is set up for small groups but can easily be rearranged for larger parties if you call ahead
- Dish size varies greatly so keep that in mind when ordering
- The chips (round potato chips rather than fries) are awesome
- Wear an Xmas jumper and you might snag a free Bloody Mary to get your brunch started
Food: ★★★☆☆ Service: ★★★★☆ Atmosphere: ★★☆☆☆ Value: ★★★★☆ Overall: ★★★☆☆
Meet them at Aquum! It is a bar so you have a full range of drinks and they also had some mulled wine and a couple of other hot drinks on offer to warm you up after slogging through the cold.
If you fancy somewhere else, there are a ton of places (such as 64th & Social or Bison & Bird) around Clapham Common so you a really are spoiled for choice. Although given the unlimited booze you’ll soon be having, perhaps a coffee and pastry at Patisserie Valerie or Eco just down the is a smart choice.
What to eat?
The menu (which you’ll find scrunched in a ball at the table) has about a dozen options, each with a varying level of Greek-influence. We opted for the Big Fat Greek Breakfast and the Pork Belly Souvlaki sandwich to start although I had my eye on the cinnamon pancakes as well.
The Greek Breakfast was largely what you’d expect – it’s a fry up – although there are some elements that I preferred over the traditional ingredients. For example, the greek sausage was delicious and more flavourful than the bog standard porkie. The tomato is also herb encrusted which gave it a bit more depth albeit it was slightly lacking in salt. I would have loved to see more mushrooms on the plate and the halloumi cheese was quite frankly a bit odd. Halloumi is the Marmite of cheeses – you either love it or you hate it – so it’s a bit of a gamble on a fry up I think.
The Pork Belly souvlaki had a lot of potential but overall fell a bit flat. I would say the pork was more loin than belly so it didn’t have the rich fatty flavour I was expecting. That being said, the meat was tender and the bread and spread was enjoyable. The other thing to note is that the dish is fairly small so you’ll likely need some additional sustenance if you have a big appetite.
How about the drink?
We just went with the Prosecco (although the mulled wine smelled mouth-watering) so I can’t comment on the other drinks. The Prosecco Aquum offers is fairly basic and light – it’s not my bubbles of choice but it’s not bad, particularly given the price. While the first glass was slightly slow to appear, they did leave the bottle on the table and were quick to both top up our glasses and replace the bottle when it was finished. This is a key test as with a 2 hour time limit, your ability to down glasses of Prosecco is directly impacted by the availability of said bubbles.
Worth the dosh?
At £15 for the meal and 2 hours of drinking it’s a pretty solid value proposition. Keep in mind that you do get what you pay for, but provided you don’t walk in expecting high end champagne you’ll most likely be happy with it.
I would also think that it’s really more targeted at the young 20-something crowd. Becky and I felt a little out of place but the group of recent grads who flooded in after us were right at home.