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A guide to the best brunch dishes

Brunch food ideas

Bigger than breakfast, more leisurely than lunch – is there anything more delicious than a good brunch? Where better to enjoy a few hours catching up with friends, than at Union Square, where you can start your weekend shopping trip off by making the most of the mouth-watering brunch dishes our restaurants have to offer, from pancakes and waffles to avocado and poached eggs. 

To help you plan your Saturday or Sunday brunch this weekend (or even a hearty breakfast if you’re heading out for an early shop), we’ve rounded up the brunch dishes you need to try, and the restaurants with the best menus you need to know about.
Posh toast
As much as we love a humble serving of warm, melt-in-your mouth butter on toast, we can’t resist some super-stacked toast toppings. Think artisan or deli bread paired with dollops of sticky jam, chunks of fresh fruit and a hearty serving of crème fraîche. This is toast like you’ve never seen it before. 

Our pick: Pane e marmellata, £3.95, Carluccio’s 

Eggs on everything
Brunch wouldn’t be brunch without eggs, right? Whether they’re poached, fried or scrambled and paired with smashed avocado, a fresh English muffin or some warm sourdough toast, this staple breakfast and brunch ingredient makes any dish better. Why not go for something a little different, like a shakshuka (baked eggs and tomato) – or there’s always your classic full English. 

Our pick: Full English breakfast, Coast To Coast 

American dream 
From stacking sweet waffles with a medley of mixed fruit to buttermilk pancakes topped with streaky bacon and maple syrup, the Americans sure know what they’re doing when it comes to indulgent brunch ideas. Enjoy a lazy morning with these diner-style favourites and traditional American dishes, and you’ll have spent the weekend well.

Our pick: Triple stack pancakes with streaky bacon, £5.95, Frankie and Benny’s

Super sandwiches
Whether it’s a sausage sandwich with caramelised onions, a spicy breakfast burrito packed with eggs and pulled pork, or even a brunch burger with fried chicken and waffles, these super stackers are the perfect dish to satisfy those hunger pains. After all, if you’re going to go for the sandwich at brunch, you may as well make it the ultimate sandwich…

Our pick: Egg and bacon bagel, £4.95, Giraffe

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