Well loved by those south of the river, Brother Marcus (Winner of Time Out Love London Awards 2018) have recently opened a second site in Angel, a stone’s throw from the station, on the super cute Camden Passage – hurrah!
We’d heard such rave reviews about the Balham brunch spot that when we caught wind they had a swanky new evening menu coming to our neck of the woods, we were over there in a flash. Like the original, dishes are inspired by Mediterranean ingredients, with a real focus on traditional Cretan flavours. It’s the brainchild of friends and founders Alex, Arthur and Tasos and there’s a warm friendly atmosphere on arrival – the kind of place you could easily spend all night. In fact we could almost imagine we were on holiday in the Med, especially if you’re sitting in the window, watching the world go by as the last of the sun streams in as we were.
Kick things off with a cocktail – the ‘Smoke and Honey’ with mezcal, lime and Greek honey water got our Friday off to a pretty fruity start.
The menu is designed to share and the small plates are bought out as and when they’re ready. We love halloumi as much as the next millennial but we’ve gotta say, fried feta is something of a revelation. Here they’ve drizzled the sticks with honey and a sprinkle of sesame – not to be missed.
Vegetables are well looked after, with their own dedicated section featuring the most delicious fried cauliflower, doused in a rich tomato sauce infused with Indian spices (the only dish to stray from the Med theme). Croquettes are the potato variety (as opposed to the melty middle kind), with sweet potato, courgette, popped onto a smudge of whipped feta. From the sea there’s grilled octopus and whole fish, but we bypassed this and dived into mounds of fried chicken hidden under grated Cretan cheese (sounds weird, tastes GREAT!), THE prettiest squares of date-glazed pork belly and a couple of marinated lamb chops for good measure – yep, we ordered too much.
We will def return to check out Brother Marcus’ brunch, because if the evening menu is anything to go by, it’s going to be hit!