Last Sunday afternoon I took a trip down to Chelsea to catch up with Esme of Hook Magazine who I haven’t seen since the Edeline Lee’s LFW afterparty at the Wellington Club. A catch up was definitely needed and brunch was on the cards of course! (Hey, it’s what the weekend’s are meant for!) And so the Jam Tree was our meeting point.
Inside (which is contemporarily designed, and stylish but casual) was pretty quiet, with nearly all diners taking up residence in the outside garden area. We followed suit, grabbing a picnic bench amongst the shrubbery and were greeted by a chilled out waitress who brought us water and the menus.
The menu isn’t one that inundates you with choice, which is great for the indecisive, or greedy (!) and the price points are very reasonable.
To get our catch up under way, we started with the Porn Star Martini and Ménage à Trois. They arrived to the table like works of art and I was really impressed with the presentation and display of the drinks, and of course the taste! The Porn Star Martini was super fruity and tropical and the mini Tiptree jam jar of fizz was a cute display addition. Moreover, the Ménage à Trois was refreshing and light, uniting prosecco and elderflower liquor, and a perfect choice for Sunday brunch in the sun.
After deliberating over whether to go for my usual Eggs Royale, or opt for the meat feast Cowboys Breakfast – which is actually quite out of the ordinary for me as I try to not eat huge amounts of dead animal (this really was tempting though: a hangover-crushing mountain of sticky baby back ribs, pulled pork, Boston baked beans and potato hash) – I tried the Shakshouka. To be honest, I was in two minds about this as it seemed quite light, comprising of only eggs and tomato stew, and I was starving, but it also offered the unusualness that I always seek out on a menu, so I requested some toast to beef it up and Esme did the same with her Central American Breakfast.
It arrived to the table looking like a true Mexicana equivalent with spicy scrambled eggs, salted sour cream, refried beans, avocado and corn tortillas. I really liked the presentation of the food, which both came in cast-iron eared serving dishes, and it was nice to see the Jam Tree thinking outside of the box in terms of delivery.
At this point I realised I should have requested runny eggs but we were chattering so much it didn’t occur to me. For those of you who like your eggs runny, best to mention it when ordering! One to remember for next time. Overall the Shakshouka was delicious and light, definitely not a typical brunch choice, but one I would enjoy again. Often brunches can be overindulgent, what with their lateness and large quantity of food, but if you have dinner plans for after or are looking to curb portion sizes our choices here were right on point size-wise . Even with the toast the Shakshouka wasn’t overly filling so I would definitely recommend asking for it as an addition.
And of course, Esme was loving her dish, with it’s yummy smashed avocado and piquant scrambled eggs.
As a sort of dessert we opted for two more drinks – Jam Tree signatures: the Netflix and Chill and the Maple Bacon Bloody Mary. The Netflix and Chill is a delightful mix of vanilla vodka, butterscotch liqueur, caramel and lemon – served in quite a large popcorn cup! And yes the popcorn is real – salty to compliment the sweetness of the drink in fact. And it is very sweet. Not a problem for me, but it definitely doesn’t taste like you are drinking alcohol – be careful with this one! In contrast the Bloody Mary is not one for the faint-hearted! It’s bold, boozy and contains a real piece of freshly cooked bacon! If the Bloody Mary is your drink of choice, the Jam Tree’s take on the world’s most complex cocktail really will be right up your street.
For those not indulging in brunch to cure a hangover, or for those well able to carry on the revelry, the Jam Tree also offer a bottomless brunch, served 10-3pm at weekends, which includes a variety of dishes and endless prosecco for an extra £17.50.
Located right on King’s Road, the Jam Tree Chelsea is a great place to get your girls together, delight over endless prosecco, great quality, (relatively) healthy food and then while the afternoon away shopping or window shopping on the mecca that is the high street. Actually, you might want to go easy on the prosecco in case you overindulge at Jigsaw!
But honestly, the Jam Tree is a great all-rounder; for breakfast, brunch, dinner, Sunday lunch or for cocktails. This place has it all – and even better, there’s another branch! So when you’ve had your fill of living like a Sloane ranger, head south to their Clapham branch- where brunch is so widely popular amongst locals you need to book in advance. You have been warned!
Visit: 541 King’s Road Chelsea London SW6 2EB