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

3 brunch-worthy outfits for now

13th October / Abbie Tanner 

Here at YSV, we’re certainly ones to over indulge in a boozy brunch, and luckily for us, most of our friends will say the same thing too. Hey, who doesn’t love a bloody mary just gone 11am! Glam Friday and Saturday nights have been replaced (only just) by fizz-fuelled mornings spent Instagramming our avo on toast – it’s official, weekends are for brunching.

Let’s be honest, prosecco and bacon is a great kickstart to your day – especially as it’s about to get too cold to go out past 8pm. Our advice? Start early, finish early! Sounds fun, right? But, what do you wear? It’s got to be a perfect hybrid of an outfit that’s not too dressy, yet not too casj… what does that even mean? Don’t panic, all you need to think about is what’s on the menu, we’ve got the brunch-ready looks, covered…

Clash your prints on top and keep the bottom classic

Who knew polka dots and leopard print look so good together. Style the loud pairing with classic mom jeans and loafers for casj style with an edge.

brunch 1

L-R – M&S Coat – £89Gucci Slipper – £495 / Debenhams Bag – £19.99Topshop jeans – £40 / La Redoute Shirt – £25

Just rolled out of bed but with a polished finish

Hoodies and biker jackets are one of our favourite combos. Keep your trainers fresh white and add a statement earring for an outfit that’s got this season written all over it.

brunch 2

L-R – River Island Jacket – £120 / Raey Cami Top – £120 / Mango Earrings – £9.99 / Next Jeans – £32 / Topshop Hoodie / Adidas Trainers – £69.99

Skirts that work from AM to PM

A corduroy skirt is one of this season’s biggest buys. Layer with a gorgeous chunky knit and finish with classic knee-high boots so if brunch plans turn into pub plans you’ll fit right in.

brunch 3

L-R – La Redoute Jumper – £59 / John Lewis Earrings – £29 / Miss Selfridge Skirt – £28 / Topshop T-shirt – £16.99 / Office Boots – Was £125, Now £80 / New Looks Bag – £9.99

 

Abbie