I have been a huge fan of The Dead Doll’s House since it’s original residency in Hoxton Square, so I was delighted that they invited me to try their bottomless brunch at their current base in Islington. Here’s the latest review in my Battle of the Brunches series.
The Dead Doll’s brunch menu is quite small which, on the plus side, makes it fairly easy to choose a dish, however, the lack of variety means that if you’re not a huge fan of eggs, or you’re in a sweet rather than savoury kinda mood, you might be disappointed. I personally am a huge fan of pancakes at brunch so was a bit unimpressed with the lack of them on the menu but that soon fizzled away when I saw the Breakfast Muffin – Gloucester Old Spot Patty, Black Pudding, Duck Egg, Rocket and Sriracha in an English Muffin 😍 sounds amazing, right? Both Holls and I ordered it plus the Sweet Potato Hash (with Parmesan, Wood Smoked Courgette and Rocket) to share.
The muffin was gorgeous, as expected. The flavours went so well together and you could clearly taste the quality and freshness of the ingredients. My only criticism of the dish is that the patty was a too small compared to everything else – I wanted more! The Sweet Potato Hash was an excellent improvement on a classic. It was sweet, light and fluffy but I don’t think it would have filled me up if I had ordered it as my main dish. It’s definitely a much more exciting veggie option than you usually see on a brunch menu though!
Of course, no brunch is complete without a little sweet sutin’ sutin’ to finish. There are two desserts on offer so, of course, we had to try both. The Chocolate & Peanut Butter Brownie with Charred Pear and Creme Fraiche tasted as good as it looked. I thought it might be too sickly but the pear and creme fraiche balance out the sweetness of the brownie and the peanut butter. The brownie was rich, gooey and more pudding-like than cake-like which is exactly how I like ’em!
The Banana & Salted Caramel Cheesecake was just as good as the brownie. The crunchiness of the base and the creaminess of the cheesecake were perfect, and the banana was not at all overpowering.
Both desserts were delicious but so rich we couldn’t quite finish them…probably because we’d already had a meal and a half each plus more than our fill of…
The bottomless drinks on offer are Bloody Marys and Mimosas. We opted for Mimosas which will come as no surprise to you if you’ve read any of my other brunch reviews 😉 The staff were very attentive and our glasses were never empty for long. If neither of the bottomless options tickle your fancy, the individual brunch cocktails on offer are Espresso Martini, Peach Punch, Bloody Smoky and Bellini. Dead Doll’s are known for their excellent cocktails so I am certain that none of these would disappoint. I had a cheeky Bellini which had just the right amount of peach and so wasn’t too sweet. Overall, the drinks were lovely but if you’re a purist and usually go for straight Prosecco you won’t be pleased with its absence in the bottomless choices. However, the team are a lovely bunch so if you really are anti-Mimosa (why?!), I’m sure you could put in a special request!
The Dead Doll’s House is a beautiful venue, with walls covered in hand illustrated art from Katy, one of the owners. We ate in the ground floor room – The Parlour, which has a wonderful bay window seat you should request if you’re going with a group. There are three other floors, each with a room that can be hired for groups from 20-80 people, so it’s a perfect venue for parties and celebrations. The staff are all super friendly and whoever selected the playlist for the background music has great taste. It ranged from reggae to jazz and definitely added to the general good vibes of the place.
The Fine Print
Brunch is available 7 days a week and, until the end of March, all food on the menu is £5 from Monday-Friday! Usually, the meals start at a very reasonable £6, the Breakfast Muffin was £10 and the Sweet Potato Hash was £8.50. Desserts are only available on Sundays and cost £6.50 each. Bottomless drinks are £15, which gives you refills for 2 hours. Individual cocktails are £8-9, so bottomless is definitely the way to go for value.
I am a huge fan of Dead Doll’s and their brunch did not disappoint. While I would have liked more variety on the menu, what is on offer is delicious and very good value.
The scores are in!
You can read the other reviews in the Battle of the Brunches series here. Have you been to The Dead Doll’s House for brunch yet? Let me know what you think of it!