As you already know, I love a good brunch!
I love scouting for new brunch locations and when I find a good one, it genuinely makes my day. Last Sunday, was one of these days. What if I told you, I know of a place that serves up two small plates of brunch along with unlimited prosecco all for £25? You heard me, unlimited prosecco! I present to you, Penkul and Banks in Shoreditch.
Penkul and Banks is an ‘alternative tapas’ bar and restaurant situated in the heart of Shoreditch on Curtain Road. Unlike every other tapas bar in town serving up a variation of Mexican styled tapas, this place serves up quite a unique menu blending the best of Japanese and European food and drinks.
Penkul and Banks is set in an old warehouse and it definitely looks the part. You are talking about Shoreditch after all! The interiors are quite trendy and the restaurant has got a relaxed informal vibe to it – it works really well and I really like it.
I love the jugs they use for the water here – so cool!
Seb, Abu and I got there earlier than the rest of the group, so we ordered a few drinks and made ourselves comfortable while we waited. They genuinely have Berocca on the menu in case you are nursing a hangover and need something to help – Penkul and Banks have their audience figured out to a tee!
We moved on to the unlimited prosecco as soon as Imi and the rest of our group arrived. The prosecco is actually pretty good, in case you were wondering!
Like I said earlier, the brunch menu at Penkul and Banks is pretty simple – for £25 you get to choose two small brunch plates out of eight available options and the option of choosing between unlimited prosecco or unlimited bloody marys. It’s good to keep in mind that the last ‘unlimited’ drink top-ups happen at 2.45pm so make sure you get there early if you plan on a having a boozy brunch.
One of my personal highlights from the brunch menu was the Pork Belly, Fried Eggs, Spring Onion and Sriracha – simple but really good! I really like the Japanese influence on the menu here and the combinations works really well together. I did find the pork belly slightly chewy but you are still onto a winner with this dish. The Fried Egg, Girolle Mushrooms and Soldiers isn’t too bad either. Again nothing too fancy but it’s just really good simple food done well.
If you go to Penkul and Banks, definitely order the Smoked Salmon, Poached Egg and Yuzu-Daise Muffin Crumb. This dish is just spot on – the yuzu-daise muffin crumbs adds a whole new layer of flavour to the classic smoked salmon and poached eggs. Top marks for presentation too – highly recommended!
I also really liked the Scrambled Eggs, Chorizo, Broad-beans and Sourdough. Chorizo and eggs are always a great combination and this dish was no different. Another great dish from the Penkul and Bank brunch menu.
As it was Imi’s birthday, we requested the team at Penkul and Banks to sort out some dessert for us who very kindly obliged. We were served up some pretty epic Chocolate Brownie with Vanilla Ice Cream. Rich and decadent, it was the perfect finish to all that food (and prosecco).
Desserts devoured and prosecco downed, we cleared the bill and decided to head on to a nearby bar to continue the birthday celebrations.
I really like Penkul and Brunch. The Japanese inspired menu isn’t too alien for brunch but is just different enough to make it interesting. Throw in unlimited prosecco and the quirky ambience, all for £25 and you are on to a winner! Yes, the service at Penkul and Banks was confused and slightly sloppy when we visited but the friendly team and their enthusiasm make up for it.
Penkul and Banks is bound to brighten up any weekend. Even better if you are on a tight budget.