Brunch really seems to be a thing at the moment, with more and more places offering breakfast style dishes as part of their staple menu. One place taking it even further is Boston Tea Party Edgbaston, who’ve recently launched their all day breakfast menu, without a greasy fry up in sight.
We started off proceedings with a glass of fizz and a catch up, before getting stuck into the menu, but first… coffee.
The team at BTP Edgbaston are clearly passionate about their coffee, offering a house blend and a regularly changing guest roast, with tasting notes that read like a fine wine.
I opted for the single estate guest coffee as a flat white, which I was told had notes of yoghurt and strawberry. I definitely picked up a hint of sweet creaminess from this, where Laura from Bite Your Brum got cherry notes from it in her espresso.
Fancy tasting notes aside though, it was just a great cup of coffee, if that’s what you’re after.
The breakfast menu is small but perfectly formed, while the full menu is varied and caters particularly well to vegetarians. Most of the dishes are, in fact, veggie, but meat lovers can add sides of bacon or chorizo to pretty much everything.
One of the hero dishes from the new all day breakfast menu is the Jalapeño cornbread, which I just had to try, but with some added chorizo for good measure.
We were going to try out the new rye bread porridge too, but unfortunately they’d run out of apple compote (everything is made from scratch in house) and apparently it just isn’t the same without it, so we tried the brown rice porridge instead while we waited for the main event.
The brown rice porridge comes topped with fresh fruit and cinnamon, and although it was tasty, with a nutty element from the brown rice, the texture wasn’t as creamy and unctuous as you get with oat porridge, so it wasn’t really for me.
The cornbread, on the other hand, was everything I want in a brunch dish.
Crisp fried cornbread, spicy jalapeño, creamy guacamole (because, can you call it brunch without avo?) fresh salsa, golden runny egg, with a side of chorizo, this could actually be brunch perfection.
As well as being a total looker (one for the ‘gram) the combination of flavours and textures was just gorgeous. I absolutely love cornbread, but done wrong it can be stodgy or overly filling. The BTP Edgbaston version got it spot on.
This portion was clearly enough to satisfy even my gargantuan appetite, especially with fizz, coffees and the rice porridge before it, but when fresh, handmade cakes were offered, we all magically found a little bit of extra room.
Did I mention BTP Edgbaston make all of their cakes themselves, from scratch, in house? We had lemon drizzle – which was moist, crumbly and deliciously zingy; raspberry mallow bars – imagine a rice krispie square but infinately more delicious and pink; rich, chunky chocolate brownies, fruit flapjacks, cinnamon infused monkey bread and a forest fruit chocolate swiss roll.
After polishing off at least 70% of this impressive platter, and a round of teas, I think I can speak for all of us when I say we were totally full and pretty high on sugar and caffeine.
It was the perfect casual weekend get together: brilliant, egg-based food, great coffee, a lovely location and good company.
If you needed an excuse to go for brunch today, here it is. Bravo Boston Tea Party.
I was invited to Boston Tea Party Edgbaston as a guest of Bite Your Brum, for a complimentary brunch and coffee tasting, which included my meal and drinks. I was under no obligation to provide a positive review and opinions are, as always, my own.