Brunch at Federal
My name is Sarah and I’m a brunch addict. For real. I could happily skip the boozy Saturday night out and go straight to the sober Sunday morning, sat in a cosy cafe with Mat with a decent flat white, a glass of juice and a monstrous plate of brunchy goodness.
I actually didn’t even used to like eggs until I met Mat and he forced me to like them (true love), so thank god for that because I can now fully cover all things brunch on here.
Anyway, if you follow me over on Twitter, you’ll probably see me recommend Home Sweet Home for brunch at least once a week. It’s great. I love it. But we decided to branch out and try Federal Cafe & Bar recently, after seeing SO many droolworthy brunch pics across Instagram since its launch.
Does it live up to all of the hype though?
The decor is casual and cool inside Federal, but without even a hint of pretentiousness, meaning you feel like you could almost be at home. It can get fairly busy on a weekend, as there’s limited seating, but since people are generally there just to wolf down some breakfast, a coffee and have a catch-up, you won’t usually have to wait too long for a table.
Once we were seated, we ordered from the bar pretty sharply. I’d seen various dishes coming from the kitchen, so it was easy to see the clear winners on the menu. Obviously we fought over who got to eat what because if you’re blogging about a meal for two, it can never be the same dish! Blogger’s law.
Mat grabbed one of their cold brew coffees, as it was a particularly hot day, which are supplied by London artisan roasters, Ozone Coffee Roasters. We’d never tried cold brew, despite wanting to make it ourselves for ages, so it was a real treat. It’s not sweet like a milky frappuccino, but has all the rich flavour of a good americano.
We also had a bottle each of their own ‘Superman’ juice, which is a refreshing morning pick-me-up consisting of apple, pear, kale, avocado, pineapple, lime, ginger, celery, honey and linseed, sunflower and pumpkin seeds. Superman juice indeed!
The food was a surprise. It wasn’t the usual Northern Quarter ‘dirty’ food that a lot of places serve up, it was much more fresh and wholesome. A proper breakfast.
Recently I’ve been trying to eat a less meat-heavy diet by eating more vegetarian options for lunch. I’ve not done it because I think eating meat is wrong or anything, it’s just something I feel will benefit my body more and help me be more experimental with food.
If you’re a veggie, Federal is a great place to get yourself a real hearty brunch. I went for the Halloumi & Shrooms (£7.50), served with poached eggs, spiced tomato relish, spiced hazelnuts and rocket & spinach on sourdough toast. I can’t even begin to describe how nice it was! Even if you like a bit of meat in your brunch, you seriously won’t miss it with this dish.
I’d say ‘it’s a taste sensation’ if that wasn’t so cringe. Oh, I pretty much already said it.
Although Mat was suffering from unbelievable food envy, like every time we eat out… ever, he was equally as impressed with his brunch dish. Smashed Avocado (£8), streaky bacon, poached eggs and rocket on sourdough toast. The poached eggs were done ‘almost to perfection’, which is pretty high praise from him.
All in all, we loved it. It’s my new favourite brunch place to recommend to people on Twitter every single week. Also, if you get yourselves down there on a Friday night, they serve up brinner (!!) with espresso martinis. Dreamy.
Have you paid Federal Cafe & Bar a visit yet?