Hotbox Bar Grill, Spitalfields
Don’t even think about asking for an egg white omelette here. Arrive with an appetite that can take on Beef Rib tacos and Fried Chicken ON TOP of waffles. Yep, it’s indulgent in the way that a sweet potato brownie can never hope to be. From food van success to the bright lights of Spitalfields, Hotbox is the barbecue restaurant that offers a brunch like few others can. Yes it’s full of hipsters but it’s actually a great date spot for those who love to eat, and if things go well you can simply collapse downstairs and pep up your food coma with drinks at 46 & Mercy.
Bloody Marys all the way to start with, and keep going because why the hell not? This place will make you throw caution (diets) to the wind and where better to splurge? The Brunch Burger will appeal to all alpha males attempting to establish themselves capable of Man Vs Food, whilst the girls will especially enjoy the Huevos Rancheros or Berry Belgian Waffle. Coffees are excellent here too; go for an iced version to add a splash of sugar into your table full of hedonism.
This won’t work as a stand alone date. It’s somewhere you need up your sleeve for the morning after a BIG night – and the late start (11.30am) gives you plentiful time to work up an appetite in whichever way you see fit. Suggesting meeting there, splurging together then heading off your separate ways afterwards will feel decidedly unromantic so if you haven’t arrived together then at least suggest spending the afternoon scanning the stalls at Spitalfields or carrying on the debauchery at Blixen.
You will not feel sexy after eating a small farmyard.