London Fields is one of East London’s proudest patches of green space, with awesome little areas surrounding it. Broadway Market. Netil Market. Hackney Road. There are countless brunch choices in all three of those aforementioned locations, but if you cross London Fields to the other side, there’s a place we recently discovered which, if you love brunch as much as we do, we strongly recommend you get involved with.
You’d easily miss Rawduck if you didn’t know it was there, to be honest. Maybe that’s why it took me until now to find it. I’ve been a few times since my first visit and I’ve eaten my way through most of the menu. I can safely say, every dish is well worth ordering. In my opinion though, their eggs are the business. My favourite are the Tunisian-inspired harissa eggs which arrive on toasted sourdough, with greek yoghurt and coriander. Another favourite is their curried potatoes with salt beef and poached eggs. Everything arrives looking fresh, colourful and in abundance, which is fortunate, seeing as I’m always starving and hanging at Sunday brunch. They serve Caravan coffee which wakes you up like a sharp slap around the face – but, like, an awesome one. The atmosphere in Rawduck is also a huge part of the reason I love it so much. It’s a massive space which is usually pretty busy and bustling, but it always feels really chilled and relaxed. Last time we went, only one table was free; the place was heaving, yet somehow it remained nicely quiet, with Simon and Garfunkel’s classics softly playing out, rather than screaming kids and shouting chefs and smashing crockery.
I love the interior of Rawduck. It’s a concrete cavernous space which somehow still feels cosy. Big, lush plants adorn tables, breaking up the communal eating affair a bit and making the long trestle tables feel less like Jesus’s last supper. One giant wall is lined with huge shelves, which carry endless amounts of jars, pickles, wines and books. Cushions help to make chairs more comfortable. Nik naks help to make the tables more welcoming. All in all, a perfect way of nursing your Sunday head in a chilled environment, with amazing food.