Bottomless brunches are pretty epic, aren’t they? You get plenty of prosecco, perhaps a few other drinks to try, food is always bountiful, and you’re nicely tipsy by 2pm.
Now, unfortunately I scheduled this bottomless brunch for my lunch break from work, so I was more there for the food and only testing out the cocktails and prosecco on offer. But don’t worry, I’ll be back…
I first visited Dirty Martini in London when some friends and I got the train in on a random night with no much idea of where we were headed. We ended up in Covent Garden and stumbled across it at random. It was a great night.
When Dirty Martini came to Leeds I was pretty excited. But I never ended up visiting. I’ve sort of grown out of my “go nuts all night in a bar” stage. I’m more into meals out and day drinking.
So when Dirty Martini invited me to try their Bottomless Brunch, I jumped at the chance. Since it was a Friday, I was working, but I figured if I went easy on the drinks and heavier on the food I’d be good. I invited my colleague Annika to come with me, knowing we’d keep each other from going nuts.
The best thing about this brunch is the same as the best thing about Dirty Martini – the cocktails! You get up to four martinis each – not standard martinis of course, but flavoured short cocktails served in martini glasses. For £25 for the full brunch, even the martinis alone would be a fantastic deal.
My first cocktail of choice was Blood Orange and Vanilla, while Annika chose the French Martini. Both were delicious and we sipped away.
Then the waitress came over to offer us prosecco Like most bottomless brunches, this comes with a time limit – you get unlimited prosecco for 90 minutes. We couldn’t indulge as much as we would have liked, but you can’t go to a bottomless brunch without having a bit of fizz.
Towards the end of the meal we decided to try another cocktail each. This time I chose my favourite, the passionfruit martini, while Annika went for an espresso martini. Both were super delicious. The glass of prosecco on the side meant mine was very reminiscent of a Pornstar Martini. Annika is still quite new to coffee and wasn’t as fond of her Espresso Martini.
Of course, it’s not just a drinking sesh – there was definitely food too!
Served in a “birdcage”, it looked a lot like afternoon tea, and we even decided to eat the food in afternoon tea style – starting at the bottom and working up.
The bottom layer is the same for both the meat and vegetarian choices: a halloumi and hummus wrap, crunchy vegetable spring rolls and a range of vegetable sushi, all served with a tasty sesame dip. The spring rolls in particular were really tasty.
Up one layer, and we got into the meat of the meal… literally. We each had a mini cheese burger, served with hot sauce on the side (my favourite) and wonton and paprika crisps. The crisps were incredibly moreish and the burgers, although small, were filling.
The top layer was a range of snacks served in little cones. Unlike many platters, they made sure that there were an even number of everything, so it was easy to split the dish without feeling slighted.
The cheese and bacon arancini were really tasty, the buttermilk chicken went well with the leftover hot sauce, and the sweet potato fries rounded off the meal well.
In the middle of the day, the place was quiet, allowing us to enjoy the vibrant decorations and soft music. I really wished I had longer than my one-hour lunch break to enjoy the food and drinks, and all too soon we had to leave.
Annika is already making plans to come back for her birthday, and for me I’ve realised that bottomless brunches are probably my favourite meal ever. Watch this space for hopefully more to hit the blog, but in the meantime you can also see my bottomless meals at Bar Soba and East 59th.
We were invited to Dirty Martini’s Bottomless Brunch free of charge, but all opinions of tasty food and drink are my own. Here’s my full disclaimer.