Sunday (London): Queue-Worthy Buttermilk Pancakes and Coffee

Stepping off the Eurostar from Paris and walking out of King’s Cross Station to see McDonald’s and Chop Chop brought me an overwhelming wave of nostalgia. I would see these two familiar shop fronts every day I walked home when I was studying at University College London 10 years ago (eek). Yet these may be the only two restaurants that have not changed in the area since I graduated… as London (or the world in general) was rapidly getting hipsterfied.

Each time I re-visited, I would have a list of brunch spots to hit and Sunday has been on it since the beginning, about four years ago. Its random location, amidst residential streets between Angel and Caledonian Road, and rumours of a massive queue, deterred me time after time. This time, a friend claimed, “I had to wait for an hour… but it was worth it.”

Prepare to queue on weekends

This small brunch cafe barely seats 30 people. I was surprised that in spite of its obscure location, Sunday still manages to attract long queues (of about an hour’s wait) every weekend – and it’s not even a new gimmicky spot. Thankfully I was free on a Thursday morning and didn’t have to queue.

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Avocado on sourdough toast – GBP7.5

There were many much more interesting items on their menu – I was actually intrigued by their courgette friggers with halloumi, avocado and egg. But I knew I needed to try the buttermilk pancakes, so I decided to go with a relatively simple savoury item. I always ask myself, how good can an avocado toast be? I make them at home all the time. Well it definitely didn’t disappoint. The avocado was perfectly ripe, the portion was very substantial, and the sourdough toast was delicious too.

Buttermilk pancakes with honeycomb butter (half portion) – GBP6.5 *must order*

My struggle with brunch is that I am in love with pancakes and french toasts and all things sweet, but it’s often too much of a commitment. I like to start my day with savoury food. Sunday understands. They serve their pancakes and french toast in half portions. The half-portion pancakes comes with two, while the full version comes with four.

The texture of the pancakes were on-point moist, with a thin layer of crispiness. It was perfectly buttermilky. It was topped with a generous amount of berries compote – which were a bit sour; I personally liked the sour touch because the pancakes were otherwise quite sweet. It was then topped with a honeycomb butter, which was devilishly addictive. You can order the pancakes with either bacon or banana. And if you come here, you HAVE to order these.

Great coffee

Sunday also serves great coffee – which I find is actually not always the case at brunch spots. I loved it so much so that I couldn’t resist to ask one last question before leaving… What beans are you using? (Caravan’s)

Worth the trek and maybe the wait

Since I personally didn’t queue for an hour, it’s unfair for me to say that the food was wait-worthy. But the food was honestly delicious and the execution of everything was spot on. Judging by its food and coffee, it’s definitely now one of my favourite places in London for brunch.

Check out 9 Coffee Shops to Visit in London and 8 of London’s Must Visit Restaurants for First Timers for more London recommendations!

Sunday
169 Hemingford Rd,
London N1 1DA

Spend per person: GBP15-18

No reservations 

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