Running for the first time last weekend, we went in to try the bottomless brunch served at 33 Oldham Street in Manchester’s Northern Quarter, an event the cafe-bar is hoping to roll out on future weekends.
Guests were asked to choose one brunch item off the menu – we’re talking a proper fry-up, veggie fry-up, avo on sourdough, a breakfast sandwich, eggs royale, smoked bacon hash and SO MUCH MORE – which was served with bottomless drinks throughout your assigned slot. Ninety minutes, in this case.
We enjoyed several mimosas, cosmopolitans and porn star martinis, and have zero regrets.
Our breakfasts looked delicious when they arrived, and in the world of foodie blogs and Instagrammable meals, looked slick in the sunlight when I was taking picture after picture for this review. Much to the dismay of my plus one, whose exact words were: “Can we just eat now?”
“Not yet, I need the perfect shot”, I said, sipping my second cocktail and pushing our plates towards the natural light. Turns out I like to think I’m Annie Leibovitz when I’m tipsy.
We tried the Avocado Sourdough, served with two poached eggs and buttered spinach, and the Full Veggie – a vegetarian take on the Full English breakfast.
I was impressed that there was a great deal on the menu that catered to the veggie and vegan market, including both dishes mentioned above, plus Vegan Hash (pan roasted sweet potato, courgette, pepper and mushroom hash), a three egg omelette with sourdough toast, and Eggs Florentine, again served with the buttery spinach.
The food was exactly what we wanted it to be: it was tasty and substantial, the portion sizes weren’t shy and the flavours complimented the fruity cocktails well.
It was brunch, there’s not much else you can say other than it did the job perfectly. Nothing beats a good breakfast – pair that with unlimited booze and you’ve got yourself a winner.
The venue itself is light and airy, with exposed brick and booth seating (think New York diner), and allows you to people watch on the Northern Quarter’s bustling Oldham Street. If you haven’t been down to 33 Oldham Street yet, they also serve sandwiches, salads, burgers, Sunday roasts and big plates like Sea Bass and Prawn Linguini.
If you’re looking for a bottomless brunch in a chilled environment where you can chat to your friends, this is the one. They have a great soundtrack playing as well.