Ooty’s spin on everybody’s favourite mealtime is an absolute delight. Their new brunch menu launched just a couple of weeks ago and already it’s shaping its worth on the food scene.
Taking inspiration from a strong Southern Indian influence as well as your classic brunch dishes, the new menu includes an array of temptations from pastries and granola to curries and dosas.
We visited last Saturday to check it out!
It was around midday, and the Baker Street restaurant was virtually empty… but as we embarked on our feast, diners soon started to trickle in. We laughed as we realised everyone’s idea of brunch is now rather a late affair, especially when opting for bottomless! Our 12pm booking was actually breakfast to most.
In an attempt to lay off the sauce after the hectic summer we’ve had, we decided against the bottomless option. But for those looking to liven up brunch, Ooty offer bottomless prosecco or mimosa’s alongside the set menu for just £15 extra.
Sensibly, we ordered juices instead. The Apple Juice infused with Mint and Ginger was a real flavour burst and proved hard not to down in one.
Served alongside it, a spiced Buttermilk. Be warned, it’s an acquired taste. The yoghurt based drink is spiced with curry leaf, ginger, coriander and chilli and is savoury in taste. Glad to have tried it but can’t say we’d order again.
Anyway, on to the food. The Set Menu consists of 4 courses and costs £35 or £30 for the vegetarian option.
It starts with the House Granola. It comes in a golden bowl with a light, foamy palm yoghurt and tart berry compote.
Jeera croissants, Mini Scones with Clotted Cream & Jam tubes, and Raisin & Chilli Mini Muffins arrive at the same time. Although delicious, we found the basket of baked treats to be a little heavy and concluded the Granola was delicious enough to stand alone as the first course.
The next course is Ooty’s take on a South Indian breakfast. Egg and Plain Dosa are served with either chicken sausage or chettinad duck and vibrant chutney and sambal. The Dosa has quickly become one of Ooty’s signature dishes, they were right to include this favourite in the brunch offering too.
The other second course is the Keema Mattar Pao. Spiced minced lamb and green peas are served with soft and fluffy Indian bread rolls. Rapidly soaking the bread, the juicy stew was most pleasing.
The third and main course arrived next; Curries served in charming tiffin boxes.
Split into three layers, the tiffin boxes include a potato, edamame & sugar pea stir fry, and a brown onion & caraway seed pulao rice.
There is Mangalorean chicken, Mutton Koora and Seafood curries. The chicken, our favourite, is doused in a creamy, spicy tomato based sauce. Again, remnants were mopped up with wonderfully stringy paratha.
To finish, cakes arrived at our table. Classic Strawberry and Chocolate miniatures were enjoyed with a cup of Chai spiced tea. A bowl of fresh fruit washed the lot down.
Ooty’s new brunch offering is a treat for the tastebuds. If we had one criticism, there’s just too much! Otherwise, a charming experience in an opulent yet relaxed environment.
Ooty’s brunch menu is served on Saturdays 11.30am – 3.30pm. To book a table, visit their website here.
66 BAKER STREET