Brother Marcus, the vibrant Balham brunch spot popular for its irreverent approach to daytime dining, is opening a second restaurant in Angel’s Camden Passage next month, according to reports today from Hot Dinners.
The Balham original, now two years old, is known for bright, punchy dishes like the Bob’s Your Uncle — an electric dish of pork belly with fresh cucumber and spring onion and a fried egg, topped with sriracha and tomato relish, all served in a Cretan pita — and a mutant ruben-esque breakfast bagel called The In Law.
Daytime services at the new cafe will continue in much the same vein, but there’s a notable addition to the repertoire: for the first time, Brother Marcus will be launching an evening menu, serving a range of Mediterranean small plates firmly rooted in chef and co-founder Tasos Gaitanos’s Greek heritage. Diners can expect dishes like chargrilled aubergine with mint, chilli, lemon zest tahini and pomegranate seeds and stuffed courgette flower with lemon, thyme, goats curd and pine nut alongside meatier offerings including Metaxa and date-glazed pork belly with apple labneh and walnuts.
Drinks lists find their influences in the Greek islands, too: cocktails, including the Balkan Whip (rye whiskey, ouzo, red apple and egg white), and the Smoke and Honey (mezcal, lime and Greek honey water) appear alongside a list of predominantly Greek wines — a winemaking region all too often underrepresented in London restaurants.