No this isn’t the crèche Batman uses, it’s actually a cocktail bar. Not any old drinking hole, but the sister bar of Callooh Callay in Shoreditch. This quirky bar tucked away on a residential street off Upper Street Islington has launched an all weekend brunch menu.
Highbury & Islington restaurant
Obviously alcoholic beverages are a major feature with an option to go bottomless, with two hours of infinite Bloody Marys, prosecco or mimosas. And if you really fancy pushing the boat out go for the champers. It will land you some house-cured salmon and poached eggs on toasted sourdough and a glass of Veuve Clicquot Rich.
Or how about giving the barman a rest and trying your hand at the DIY Bloody Mary Trolley, complete with gin & vodka, plus fresh tomato, carrot or beetroot juice. Tempted aren’t you?
So that’s the adults sorted, what about the kids. Little Bat welcomes little people with open arms. It offers high chairs and baby changing facilities, although there is no dedicated kids menu you will find dishes suitable for kids on the menu. Plus the staff are happy to adapt and make smaller portions if necessary.
The stylish and funky decor with a mixed period twist, gives the place a real eclectic feel. A mish mash of vintage furnishings, plush leather chairs, ornate lighting, grand gilded mirrors and dark wall colours placed a smile on my face. As a parent I’m always looking for restaurants which don’t just scream KIDS as soon as you walk through the door – This one clearly ticked that box!
The menu is split into sections, nibbles, peckish and the main event. You’ll be glad to hear that there is more to this brunch menu than avo on toast! Although it does make an appearance – Wouldn’t be London otherwise would it?!
Delicious hot chocolates and pancakes with almond butter, strawberries, orange zest and mint graced the mini taste buds on our table, but they can also come with bacon and maple syrup. Another young diner option is the hazelnut granola with coconut yoghurt, bananas and berries.
Mr S and I swerved the boozy brunch with kids in tow and went straight in for a flat white and matcha latte. There are plenty of mocktail options too, but we were in need of warming up on a cold November morning.
We started with a couple of peckish dishes, the roasted cauliflower and smoked cheddar croquettes topped with a chilli relish were divine. Crunchy on the outside, soft and oozing on the inside, even the girls joined in on the action.
The bright pink beetroot hummus was swiftly wiped clean off the plate with crisp zaatar flatbread. A welcome Middle Eastern delight for a brunch menu!
My highlight was the tasty chickpea and potato parmesan, truffle rosti topped with spinach poached eggs and hollandaise sauce. The soft rosti with hints of saltiness from the parmesan and delectable truffle notes made a real change for the veggie who always ends up with an avocado.
The house cured salmon, dill mayo and toasted sourdough received a huge thumbs up from Mr S.
It was a real treat to experience a varied brunch menu with flavoursome twists. Available between 10am and 4pm on weekends I think it makes a great addition to the neighbourhood bar. Any place which induces a chair bop to tunes from the 80s, 90s along with some serious soul, funk music tracks whilst devouring delicious food has my stamp of approval. Aren’t I lucky, it’s my local! Located just steps from Highbury & Islington tube station, I think it’s about time that you too headed on down and discovered this hidden gem for yourself!
Little Bat | 54 Islington Park Street | Islington | London | N1 1PX
Disclaimer: Our meal at Little Bat was complimentary, however, all views, opinions and photos are my own and remain a trademark of the Curious Pixie.
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