Bottomless Brunch in Kensington
Apero is a gorgeous all-day Mediterranean brasserie and cocktail bar, within the Ampersand Hotel in South Kensington. It is light and bright, with a modern, minimalist and sophisticated interior and radiates the mediterranean vibes with its bright primary colours, off-set with metallics, and tiled flooring. The friendly service and overall atmosphere give a welcoming and relaxed aura – just what you’re after for a slow afternoon bottomless brunch in Kensington.
The “Pranzo Della Nonna” brunch is translated to ‘An Afternoon at Grandma’s’. You are meant to feel as though you’re with family, enjoying plenty of food and drinks! We can confirm, plenty of food is exactly what this menu provides.
The menu is inspired by seasonal ingredients and is designed to be shared (£22.50 per person). It currently features:
- a homemade focaccia with olive tapenade and oil
- Burrata with chicory and blood orange
- a charcuterie selection
- mix grilled vegetables
- mixed leaf salad
- polenta, fennel sausage & radicchio
- seafood risotto
- tart of the day
All about the food!
The homemade focaccia with olive tapenade and oil was served warm in a cast iron dish. It was salty, with a fab texture and taste. The olive tapenade in the oil was absolutely delicious. We couldn’t get enough!
The Burrata with chicory and blood orange looked beautiful and tasted fantastic. It was deliciously creamy, and complimented well by the drops of blood orange. The crunchy, fresh chicory and small slice of bruschetta completed this starter well. We really enjoyed this dish!
The charcuterie selection was larger than expected. It was piled with a good selection of delicious fresh cold meats, as well as arancini, cheese and cauliflower. Unfortunately, the arancini wasn’t really anything special, but the cheese and meat, as well as a delicious sweet onion chutney definitely made up for it.
The seafood risotto was deliciously creamy, yet rich and spiced in flavour. It was a great risotto, with plenty of shellfish and squid, all cooked perfectly.
The polenta, fennel sausage & radicchio was a little different. The polenta, served as a semolina-style dish, didn’t have much flavour. However, the rich, herby fennel sausage was super tasty and packed with flavour, and alongside the radicchio made this dish better.
To finish off, the tart of the day is a sweet option. When we visited it was a delicious, creamy, red cherry-style tart, with a caramelized sugar top. It was incredible! Served with a little vanilla ice cream, it really rounded off the brunch, finishing on a complete high.
Alongside all of this food, the menu offers the option to go bottomless (£37.50pp). This offer covers prosecco, mimosas and Aperol Spritz. We loved the fact you could opt for Aperol Spritz which we haven’t seen elsewhere, and you can mix and match so you don’t have to stick to the same drink. The Aperol Spritz is made perfectly – it had that signature taste which all too often do people get the ratio wrong.
It really is bottomless too – the hosts were always checking in. If we felt they hadn’t popped back for a while we just left our empty glasses on the end of the table and they soon noticed.
Apero is a beautiful, relaxed location where you really do feel at home. We had a private booth which was a great touch. The food was fantastic, the drinks choice was great and the service was super friendly and attentive. It’s definitely a fantastic and affordable bottomless brunch in Kensington.
East London Girl: Apero
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