We eat poached eggs on toast with crispy pancetta 90% of our weekend mornings together. But sometimes I like to mix it up with something else. Sometimes we have pancakes, or oeufs en cocotte but my most recent favourite is this brioche French toast.
It’s just the perfect sweet weekend treat with the buttery warm brioche, fresh berries, lightly whipped cream and a drizzle of maple syrup. Best eaten after a long lie-in, in your dressing gown!
Brioche French toast, serves 2
4 slices brioche
200 ml milk
1 tsp vanilla
2-3 tbsp salted butter
50 ml caster sugar
lightly whipped cream
Heat up the butter in a large frying pan on medium heat. Mix eggs and milk in a low bowl with a fork. Quickly dip the brioche slices on both sides in the egg mixture and fry until golden on both sides. Drain on kitchen towel. Dip in caster sugar (with out without a little cinnamon) on both sides and serve with fresh berries, lightly whipped cream and maple syrup.
As proof that time is passing at what feels like the speed of light, here’s a post I meant to publish at the end of the summer last year when I’d just enjoyed my birthday meal at Bone Daddies’ Shackfuyu. I love this type of food that I would describe as Japanese junk food and the restaurant calls Western Japanese food.
My friend Ro and I met up for a drink at then newly opened Café Monico before heading over to Shackfuyu. We were both really hungry and ordered away. First up was padron peppers. Not much to say about them really; they’re always lovely!
Next we had the Korean fried wings which were nice and hot, just very messy to eat!
The imo fries, crispy sweet potato fries, with yuzu mayo were also lovely.
And by the time we had the sashimi it was a lovely palate cleanser with its fresh flavours.
At the beginning of the meal the food arrived at a fast and steady pace but when it was time for the last two dishes – the heavier ones – we waited for approximately 40 mins. Not great and it wasn’t communicated very well to us either. It was just a shame as we then started to feel full before the rich meaty dishes finally arrived. We still managed to enjoy them though, but it was a bit of an effort trying to finish them!
The sukiyaki style wagyu picanha was amazing but so so rich. It was piping hot when it arrived, cooking the beef in the stone bowl at the table. When it was cooked we mixed it all together and thoroughly enjoyed the sweet sticky sauce enriched with an egg yolk and the enoki mushrooms. A must-order dish!
The sticky fatty lamb ribs with pickled plum miso glaze were also full of umami and finger-lickin’ good.
We were beyond full at this point but still had to order the Kinako French Toast with matcha soft serve ice cream. It’s probably the most instagrammed dessert in London and very very good, even when you’re so full you’re about to explode!
Shackfuyu, 14a Old Compton St, London W1D 4TJ