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Brunch at the Dalloway Terrace, Bloomsbury

Veganuary Brunch in London: Dalloway Terrace Avocado on toast

 

I’m doing Veganuary again this January, just to get back on track and to remind myself that it is, in fact, possible not to eat all of the cheese all of the time… Mostly, though, it’s an opportunity to challenge myself and pay a bit more attention to restaurant menus and really try and find more sustainable options. Hopefully I’ll carry on doing that even after January is over!

 

So, in the spirit of trying out new things, last Sunday me and Jim headed to Veganuary brunch (well, Veggie-nuary for him) to a spot I’ve been wanting to visit for months now: The Dalloway Terrace in Bloomsbury. Before visiting the restaurant I kept seeing photos of it on Instagram and became absolutely obsessed with the decor. I saw someone describe Dalloway Terrace as a kind of Narnia, and that’s exactly what it is: a cosy winter wonderland and a (very) welcome escape from the madness of the nearby Oxford Street.

 

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We had booked a table for 10 am, but as it wasn’t quite ready when we arrived, we were shown to the lounge and bar area and asked to wait for a few minutes. The decor of the lounge was completely different (you can see it in the first few photos above) to the terrace, but I loved it all the same – it was like stepping back in time to a different, more decadent, era.

 

After returning to the “winter wonderland” and being showed to our table, we started off with drinks. I with a fresh juice made from carrots, apple, ginger and mango and Jim with his favourite coffee, a flat white. I think we both agreed that the drinks were really nice, but for the price we paid (£4.50 for the coffee and £6 for quite a small juice), it should have been something extraordinary to not feel like a bit of a rip off… But, I guess we were paying for the surroundings!

 

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Dalloway Terrace brunch: Fresh juice

 

For my Veganuary brunch I went with avocado on toast with cherry tomatoes which was really, really tasty. This time I think the price point was just right, too – I paid £8 for it in total, and got lots of avocado, plus the actual bread it came on was amazing. Perfectly crispy on the sides and soft on the middle – yuuum!

 

Jim chose the Shakshuka with a boiled egg (instead of Veganuary he’s doing “veggie-nuary” which means being vegetarian for the month) which was delicious too. Unfortunately, though, he had asked it without chorizo, but they made a mistake and brought him one with it. Seeing as he’s not a full time vegetarian he just put the meat on the side and didn’t send it back as we didn’t really want to waste food. We did tell the staff, but didn’t end up getting any discount on the final bill.

 

Would you have any tips on how to handle a situation like this? We’re both a bit useless at confrontation!

 

Veganuary Brunch in London: Dalloway Terrace Avocado on toast

 

My avocado on sourdough with cherry tomatoes. I did actually just realise that it was supposed to come with heritage chillies as well but I didn’t get any.. Oh well!

 

Brunch at Dalloway Terrace: Shakshuka

 

Shakshuka with sourdough bread

 

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Aside from the expensive drinks and the chorizo-gate I did really enjoy Dalloway Terrace. I was glad that the food was really good, even though, to be completely honest, I was initially just happy to go there for the decor… I’d like to return to try their afternoon tea, which is made by the lovely Bake Off winner Candice Brown from a few years ago. I loved her on the show, so I would love to support her new ventures – especially in a place this beautiful!

 

Have you ever been to Dalloway Terrace?

 

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14 comments so far.
  • Hayley Rubery

    I absolutely LOVE Dalloway Terrace, it’s one of my favourite places to visit in London as it’s just so picturesque and the food is great! I didn’t start veganuary but am definitely going to try and go Vegan for a while this year as I’d love to try it out!

    Hayley xo
    http://www.frockmeimfamous.com

    • Ahh I know, it’s probably one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever visited in London! I really want to go back and try out the afternoon tea.

      You should definitely try veganism out, even if for a short while. I’ve found it gives me a lot of perspective and I eat a lot healthier too (although of course there’s lots of amazing vegan junk food too!). xx

  • Joanne

    Ahhh adore your photos! This makes me want to enjoy a brunch there so bad. The food looks super nice.
    Have a happy week!

    Joanne | With Risa: A Lifestyle Blog

    • Thank you so much Joanne! It was such a beautiful spot – hope you have a chance to visit one day! x

  • I love this place! They have super yummy breakfast! Wonderful choice of spot!

    x
    Shloka
    http://www.thesilksneaker.com

    • It’s such a beautiful little spot, isn’t it! x

  • Your photos are fabulous – the food pics had my belly rumbling.

    That’s such a shame about the chorizo being left in, I’m so useless at complaining too, but given that you mentioned it to them, I do think it’s bad they didn’t do anything about it. I’d love to know if anyone does come back with any tips on dealing with those situations, I’m just no good at it so would love some tips too.

    • Thank you so much!

      I know – it’s so hard! I think they should have done something too, but oh well… I’m hoping I’ll still get some tips too! :’D xx

  • That Shakshuka looks amazing! I recently visited for brunch and the terrace is so beautiful, I’m tempted by their afternoon tea too x

    Peonies and lilies

    • I’m so tempted by it – it looks amazing! xx

  • What a gorgeous place to brunch! That avocado on toast looks devine!!
    Charlotte-Nichole
    x

    • Isn’t it! The toast was super tasty 🙂 xx

  • Stunning photos as always lovely! The breakfast looks so delicious – I’d love to go for brunch one time. I’m not great with confrontation either!! It’s a shame you didn’t get *exactly* what you wanted, but I suppose it would have been a bigger issue had you not been able to eat chorizo in the first place. xx

    • Thank you so much Hannah! And yes, I completely agree – it could have been so much worse, haha! At least the breakfast was really tasty 🙂 xx