Frankly, no one does brunch quite like Antipodeans. The Daisy Green Collection knows this, which is probably why their restaurants have been spreading like wild fired in the big smoke. Cue in the latest opening in Soho, Scarlett Green.
Setting up shop in what used to be TimberYard, the place looks like a hipster tropical paradise. Living plants in corners, bright pop art on the walls, accents of marble and gold – it’s as millennial as you can get. But it sets a nice ambience for quasi-morning people. I like it.
The menu is reflective of most Daisy Green restaurants (with some additions) which makes me smile. Ordering becomes easy especially if you’re familiar with the Greens.
I wanted to go for a vegan option as inspired by my recent discovery of London’s current inventive vegan scene so I asked for the broccoli and corn fritters, which they said was unavailable during my visit. I then switched to the aubergine fritter and asked for the eggs to be replaced by scrambled tofu. Unforch, they didn’t have this either.
So I went for the obvious decision and asked for bacon instead. And boy did they give me bacon.
The aubergine fritter (£13) itself was massive. Half an eggplant breaded with fairly seasoned batter served with half an avocado, a serving of corn salsa and greens. They went overboard with the bacon replacement (probably about 5 rashers there), which was nice enough as it added some salty element to the dish, which it slightly lacked. The kimchi sauce could do with a bit more heat as well. Overall, it was an okay dish.
The fancy bacon roll (£13.10) was a thing of beauty. You get poached eggs, crispy onions, a heap of bacon in a roti topped with Daisy Green’s infamous Holy F*ck Hollandaise.
I still don’t know what makes this sauce a holy f*cker, but hey ho.
Now frankly, I’m quite partial to a bacon roll. Nothing soaks up an early hangover better than a few crispy rashers wrapped in a soft bun. You don’t get the exact texture with the roti, but you do get the same satisfactory dirty feasting feeling. Except you pay a bit more and you get table service. Delicious altogether, and the random chillies wake you up like a slap on the face.
I liked the beef shin cigarillos (£7.6). Each roll was full to the brim with soft, juicy beef.
And whatever you say about tamarind, I think it’s delightful that they’ve used it as a sauce because the acidity married so well with the bold beef flavour. Yummers.
Verdict for Scarlett Green
Did I like it? Yes. Did I love it? No.
I like what the Daisy Green Collection is doing – upping the London brunch scene levels to something more fashionable, aspirational, and (let’s face it) ‘Grammable. The food is decent enough; the menu’s a fun one with its funky creations tried and tested to satisfy. Service is sunshiney and the price is quite right.
I’d probably go back, but perhaps to try the dinner/late night offering. They’re open til midnight six days a week. Promising.
Newbie Scarlett Green is alright, I suppose. Go with your friends for a quick, casual brunch. Then head off to Berners Tavern for some Japanese whisky.
4 Noel St, Soho, London W1F 8GB
Ave spend pp: £30
PS: Yup, definitely head to Berners Tavern after for post-brunch martinis/whisky.