Erica’s food files: Rawduck, Hackney

4th November 2017 / Erica Cohen

It’s safe to say, the London brunch scene is going through a particularly large growth spurt at the moment, landing splat bang on every self-respecting Insta feed within the M25 area. From weekend boozers to high-end and bottomless, it seems there isn’t a kitchen insight that doesn’t offer a lazy breakfast of poached egg or avocado toast.  But if like me, you’re a) lazy and b) after something a bit different from the usual brunch fare, then Rawduck could be the bird for you.

It was Sunday and I was meeting up with Your Style Vault’s very own Gabriela and our pal Alice for a little catch-up.  Hangry and late, I skimmed the menu and decided to go big! I feel going big on food ordering is a skill only a few have the sheer greed and audacity to really pull off, so I thought why change the habit of a lifetime?

I ordered the hispi cabbage kimchi, green onions, coriander & brown rice broken eggs, as you do.  It was different and delicious, the kimchi was perfect and the eggs not too heavily seasoned or overly spiced.  The girls had sunny fried eggs, coconut rice, chilli sambal, cucumber & roasted peanuts and wild mushroom & cavolo nero galette, fried egg & parmesan. We were not left disappointed, hungry or craving avo toast!

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Rawduck does simple, wholesome, grown-up food and it does it well.  Serving up sexy British with a hint of Mediterranean through the week, Rawduck’s weekend brunch menu is an altogether more exotic affair with Korean and Indian influences.  Expect chillied eggs, seasonal kombuchas and kimchi rice bowls. Oh hello! As an added bonus, their fermented drinks and foods are all made in-house, not bad for a humble Hackney eatery.

The service is friendly and efficient; the atmosphere cool and relaxed.  The long wooden tables lend themselves to a casual bite with friends or even meeting new friends across the table from you. You’ll also find fresh flowers, biodynamic wines and their very own ceramics range available to buy after your meal.  Alternative weekend brunching at its best!

Erica

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