What’s on the menu? Unsurprisingly for a Manhattan import, brunch at Hotel Chantelle is full of fashionable, New York offerings, and presentation is all: for instance, a Brunch Pop (pancake crusted sausage lollipops with a cinnamon agave dip) comes served on a washing line over a petalled ‘lawn’ of fake grass.
Food is divided by starters and large plates. Having one of each works, but be hungry, as the large plates really do live up to their name. Avocado toast is a must to kick things off, while from the main plates, the French Toast with a mascarpone heart won us over, as did the Lobster Benedict. Cocktails are especially good, too: the Penicillin C (scotch, ginger, muscovado sugar, lemon) smacks you awake, while the Wanderlust (silver tequila, mezcal, hibiscus, pistachio, lime, egg white) is terrifically fresh but still keeps the heat of mezcal.
Where is it? Wander north from Bond Street onto Orchard St and hidden at the top of Portman Mews South is a black entrance lit with a neon sign. Up a flight of steps and you’re greeted by a bright, open space with a green garden room, a small terrace and impossibly glamorous staff. To one side sit a jazz group, swinging away with hits from the 1920s and 30s.
Who’s behind it? This is Hotel Chantelle’s first opening in the UK, and is partly the work of executive chef Seth Levine, who has opened a seemingly endless list of New York hotels, clubs and restaurants, including Penthouse808.
Cl-awesome: the Lobster benedict at Hotel ChantelleWhen can I try it? Saturday and Sundays, 11am – 4pm.
Cheque out: Starters from £6, though most are around £10, large plates £12 – 21. Oysters £3. Sides from £6. Cocktails all £12.
Book it: 020729 92522, hotelchantelle.com/london
Nearest tube: Bond Street