If you fancy bangers and mash, or a spot of tea and toast, then have a butcher’s at this Wangjing eatery. Indeed, the recent British invasion of our city’s F&B scene which began with Xi Dada and David Cameron nibbling on fish n’ chips last month, and grew to the flavorful British Menu Week has left many in the capital insatiably craving UK grub.
Get your fix of all things British at L.Bridge Coffee, situated near Wangjing Soho.The restaurant’s quintessential UK offering is the plump sausage in its “Full English Breakfast.” The dish’s sides are equally smashing, including two slices of mouth watering bacon, thick homemade white toast, two pepper coated hard-boiled eggs, and a smattering of baked beans and roasted potatoes, priced at a reasonable RMB 60 (a cup of coffee is included for an extra RMB 5).
Brunch lovers will be equally impressed by the restaurant’s stuffed French toast options (or “eggy bread,” as Brits call it). Scrumptious flavors include banana and toasted walnut, apple cinnamon, and blueberry bourbon syrup, all priced at RMB 45 (again coffee is included for an additional RMB 5).
While French toast may be a bit of a detour from L.Bridge’s British theme, the restaurant continues to pay its UK dues with fish n’ chips. Their take on the signature UK dish features four savory, flakey pollock fillets coated in light, vodka tinged batter for RMB 48. Anyone looking to imitate Xi Dada can pair their fish n’ chips with a Greene IPA for RMB 78.
That English fare is complimented by L.Bridge’s decor, which features leather back chairs straight out of a Baker Street abode, a scarlet red phone booth, and huge teddy bears emblazoned with the restaurant’s Union Jack themed logo. Those massive stuffed animals are sure to amuse children, and the venue hopes to further entice families by hosting a weekly “bake your own cookies” class for kids on Saturdays from 9-11am. L.Bridge also offers free delivery and catering in the Wangjing area, anyone interested can call 177 1033 5911. These features and more make L.Bridge one of Beijing’s most underrated British-themed haunts, and a prime brunch destination.
Photos: Courtesy of Kyle Mullin