Goode & Wright – Charming Brunch & Roasts in the Heart of Portobello
May 9, 2017
‘Mooching’ and Portobello Road go as well together as Goode & Wright goes with brunch. What could be better than spending a Sunday morning meandering the markets and then heading for a hearty feed at one of the most charming bar bistros in London?!
Quirky and bursting with character, this cosy Parisian style eaterie is teeny weeny and oh so cute – still bearing the signage of an old school uniform outfitters which went by the name that this gorgeous little place still carries.
On the weekend we visited, we were lucky enough to nab the front table. And on a rare heatwave of a weekend (RIP Summer April 7-9), we were thankful to have the big glass windows flung open streaming in lots of light whilst cooling us down.
Goode & Wright is kitted out with wood paneling along each back wall with it’s tables lined up side-by-side all the way to the back (which isn’t that far… we did say cosy!) With black and white chequered flooring, minimalistic brasserie style lighting and a truly eclectic crowd, it’s impossible not to fall in love with the vibe of the place as soon as you sit down.
The menu is unfussy and to the point… Again, this place doesn’t need to go all fancy because the dishes and the atmosphere do all the work. We saw most tables kicking off with a Mimosa, a Bellini, a Fragrant Negroni or a darn good Bloody Mary. Goode & Wright is just perfect for a group gathering and most tables were groups of four or more, the odd couple here and there. The Brunch menu has all the classics you could want, from Toasted Brioche with bacon, egg and jam, through to Eggs Florentine. What I thought sounded amazing (but I didn’t try on this occasion), was the Shakshuka & Pork Meatballs with chilli and baked eggs. Like, yummm. I’ll be going back for those… They also do a Placki Potato Pancake which someone on the next table ordered, with mushroom, halloumi and a poached egg – another return-for brunch item!
As it turned out, my friend and I were both in the mood for a good roast dinner with all the trimmings. Our waitress was awesome and we almost wanted her to join us for lunch – especially when she explained she was a Yorkshire lass who’d taught the chef the importance of a perfect Yorkshire pud! Indeed the pud was totally perfect and covered half the plate, but beneath this beautifully battered creation hid plenty of perfectly cooked veggies and an absolutely delicious cut of medium rare beef doused in gravy with lashings of tartar sauce. We washed this down with an extra pot of rich gravy and a nice light bottle of Petit Ballon Cotes de Gascogne Blanc, but it’s worth remembering that Goode & Wright also cater for those who like a Sunday lie-in, and so their ‘Late Bottomless Sunday Roast’ for £30 with unlimited drinks gives them even more brownie points.
Speaking of brownies, the desserts list is small but perfectly formed. We tried the Matcha Panna Cotta served in a pretty glass with a berries compote and crumble. Although this wasn’t my favourite, if you’re a matcha fan, you’ll love it. The panna cotta had the consistency of a moisturiser you blew a month’s wage on and the crumble, deliciously rich and well, crumbly! I much preferred the Chocolate and Guiness Cake though. You’ll either love it or hate it as the cake is laced with a marmite flavoured chantilly and served with the most sensational sesame ice cream – I’m literally licking my lips at this point as my taste buds revisit that sharp contrast in flavours!
Along with the amazing Sunday offering of brunch and roasts, Goode & Wright also have a good dinner menu, a plentiful wine list and champagne. From now on, whether I’m wanting to mooch, wine, dine, lunch or brunch, I know this place will always fit the bill.
Written by Luxuria Lifestyle UK’s Ashleigh Whitfield