Last week, my foodie friend and I tried out the new evening menu at one of Balham’s best – Brother Marcus. We were not disappointed. If you’re a fan of hearty loaded buns, comforting sides, and full-bodied cocktails this will be be right up your street.
Brother Marcus will be opening their doors after hours to bring their Loaded Buns to Balham. Following the huge success of their brunch, the owners (who happen to be three school friends) Alex Large, Arthur Campbell and Tasos Gaitanos are taking their food and drink offering to the next level.
We had the pleasure of sampling the new menu in cosy low-lit surroundings with sixties rhythm and blues playing in the background (quite reminiscent of a Scandal episode in fact – Scandal fans or ‘Gladiators’ will know what I mean).
The loaded buns are indeed loaded. Not for the faint hearted, they’re made with freshly baked focaccia bread, and packed to the brim with flavoursome fillings.
We went for The Salty Wench – featuring 14-hour braised salt beef, two fried eggs, shredded potato crisps and gherkins with smoky paprika sauce. Followed by The Pollocks, which sandwiches together crispy lager and dill battered Pollock, celeriac and fennel remoulade, samphire, pea and mint puree with saffron aioli. Both turned out to be choices well made to say the least.
If you fancy a low carb option, you can request the loaded buns without the bread. The mains are served with optional but irresistible sides such as my personal favourites: Mac & Cheese Balls (aka divine deep fried mac & cheese balls of goodness), and Sweet Potato fries & Aioli.
In the beverage department, The Glover, and Miss Robinson took our fancy. The Glover is made with ginger infused tequila, grapefruit and lime, and the Miss Robinson boasts Prosecco, and lemon & lavender infused gin (picked from Brother Marcus’ very own garden).
With a seriously pocket-friendly menu featuring hearty dishes (£8-£9 per main), and a range of craft beer, cocktails, and wine there’s every reason to visit this café come cocktail bar.
9 Chestnut Grove
Evening Opening Hours
Average Price per Head
£20 and under
Love, Ms.Raé xo