Having recently read there was a new restaurant in my neighbourhood with a brunch worth investigating coming from the husband and wife team behind popular Chelsea restaurant Margaux I was hopeful to discover a new place to revive myself on a Sunday afternoon.
The restaurant is named Bandol after the charming wine region in France’s South West I once visited as a boy and they specialise in Niçoise and Provençale sharing dishes but more importantly, could Bandol be a new destination for those acceptably late Sunday breakfasts and the prerequisite caffeine, I wondered curiously.
I was also keen to see how such a tiny space, formerly a bar I frequented serving good cocktails (including picklebacks; a Bourbon and pickle juice shot drunk back to back) and rather poor Americana food, could be transformed into a neighbourhood restaurant.
Having visited Margaux before I felt safe to assume there would be a significant upgrade but I wasn’t expecting the transformation to be quite so brilliant. The restaurant is quite literally gleaming with bronze and rather tastefully furnished indeed. The masterful interior designer deserves great credit for making the best use of the limited space, the restaurant floor now looks three times the size and even offers space for two additional private dining areas.
Our waitress proudly informed us that we were their very first brunch customers which I suppose made us the inevitable guinea pigs so we put our new role to effect immediately ordering with haste two lattes, a tapenade and anchoïade dip to share followed by eggs benedict and eggs royal.
We also chose two freshly squeezed juices of pink grapefruit and apple-orange-ginger. Admittedly these are simple brunch items but also very easy to ruin and I have almost more often than not been disappointed with eggs benedict, quite amazing how many people don’t know what hollandaise sauce is, mine however was excellent and future Sunday afternoon visits are all but guaranteed.
Cost of brunch with one coffee and a fresh juice:
£20 per person
7 out of 10 – good selection of brunch items, presented nicely and well cooked
7 out of 10 – hard to tell being the first customers but the dining room is a really pleasant space to dwell
8 out of 10 – friendly greeting and the staff were very attentive
7 out of 10 – attractive in both menu prices and decor this is a great choice for a casual brunch and dinner
Summary in seven:
The perfect spot for brunch in Chelsea
60 Hollywood Road,
Monday to Friday: Lunch 12:00 – 15:00 / Dinner 18:00 – 23:00
Saturday: Lunch 12:00 – 16:00 / Dinner 18:00 – 23:00
Sunday: Lunch 12:00 – 16:00 / Dinner 18:00 – 22:00
Phone: +44 (0) 207 351 1322