Birthday Brunch at Chiltern Firehouse

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This morning, I headed over to Chiltern Firehouse to have birthday brunch. Chiltern Firehouse is located on Chiltern Street, a short walk from Baker Street tube and not too far from Selfridges. Before the building became a hotel and restaurant and celebrity hang-out, it was a former fire station (known as Marylebone Fire Station). The hotel and restaurant is owned by Andrew Balazs (who also owns hotels in NYC and California), and the head chef is Nuno Mendes.




We started the brunch off by having a spritzer. We both had the strawberry and basil, topped with champagne. 


We ordered the starters. I opted to try the Bacon Cornbread, which was served with chipotle-maple butter. (My palette loves spice and cannot detect it, so I did not taste the 'kick' of the chipotle.) The bloke wanted to have sourdough bread. 



For the main, I ordered the buttermilk pancakes. These were topped with blueberries and creme fraiche, and a small pot of maple syrup was provided on the side.


The bloke had the saddleback pork chop, and this was served with sauce ravigote and seared carrots. He also ordered chips.



The food was very tasty and very filling, and we both struggled to finish our plates. We sat near one of the areas where the food is prepared, and the most popular item appeared to be eggs benedict. This always seems to be a popular Lodon breakfast and brunch dish, and it does sound nice indeed with a cheese biscuit and glazed ham.


I saved some room for dessert and opted to try to lighter option, English raspberries, which came with a cream and mint granita. 


I was also brought a miniature birthday cake, lit with a silver candle.


After we finished, we left with full bellies to wander back to the underground station. I really liked seeing this classic Ferrari parked outside.


Food was good with a different/creative twist so that it was not boring, and I could tell that fresh and good-quality ingredients were used. Also, staff were attentive to the presentation of the dishes before they were taken to tables. Staff were friendly and courteous to make my birthday visit special. 

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