Exciting and enticing, the brunch menu at Victory Mansion is like nothing I've eaten before. Trendy avocado toast is updated with crunchy quinoa while prawn toast gets a right seeing too with miso paste. For an added £15 you can also indulge, as we did, in bottomless cocktails so if you're East, Victory Mansion is one not to miss.
We began our brunch with coffee, as you do. I went for a black Americano and Alex chose a flat white. Both were strong in flavour and well presented with a beautiful silver spoon on the side. Apparently, the owner collected these around Australia and they are regularly nicked from the restaurant - can you blame people, they're adorable! After these we swiftly moved onto sipping our way through the list of boozy brunch cocktails. Alex loved the espresso martini (naughtily named Victory Coffee) and I couldn't get enough of the Babara Windsor (an update on a G&T with earl grey tea). The Bloody Mary with a hit of marmite was truly delicious (though calorific AF) and the Aperol spiked JJ Lister is ideal on hot summer mornings. Lovely.
As lovely as the cocktails/coffee were, the food at Victory Mansion was absolutely AMAZING. I can't actually explain how good the brunch offering at Victory Mansion is. Eclectic dishes, while a little strange sounding on the menu, are honestly some of the best plates of food I have eaten since becoming a food blogger, I seriously mean that. I fell in love first with the pumpkin, spring onion and chilli fritters served with two perfectly poached eggs and a pile of creamy avocado. The flavour and texture combinations in this dish were explosive and the added poached egg brought even more richness to the veggie focused dish.
Next up was the sweet prawn toast with miso paste. The crunch of the toast against the soft, sweet half prawns was absolutely divine while the sweet chilli and sesame dressing on top really brought out the sweetness of the prawns while the gently caramelised miso coating brought that umami hit that every dish needs. The crusts of the bread were also removed which was a nice touch.
Our final dish of avocado toast with crunchy quinoa was a welcome update on the "I've eaten it everywhere" avo toast. This is Alex's favourite brunch dish and normally not one to be messed with, but we both agreed that the addition of crispy quinoa was an absolute revelation and brought texture to the dish.
Overall, if you're looking for brunch in Stoke Newington and you don't visit Victory Mansion then you're an absolute fool. This place may look a little rough around the edges but it is truly an epic place for foodies to frequent. I can't wait to go back soon.
Thank you to Victory Mansion for kindly hosting us. I would have paid above and beyond the menu prices for how good this experience was and have been in no way influenced by the fact our meal was paid for. All opinions and images are my own.
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