A great brunch is the recipe for a great weekend. While it’s hard to imagine brunch without eggs, if you’re over fried, poached or scrambled, it’s time to check out another option: the tart, writes Gabi Gheerbrant…

Newly opened on Lordship Lane, Tart offers a trendy alternative for your weekending. Starting as a stand in Herne Hill market, the concept –dreamt up by two tart enthusiasts from Brixton, Jason and Adam- now boasts two permanent eateries and is gradually taking over South London one tart at a time. After visiting their East Dulwich branch, I must admit – I am a convert.

The café is set in a former French restaurant with beautifully tiled walls. Given that the tart originated in France, it seems a fitting home. A neon sign leads into a cozy sunlit conservatory that provides a serene setting, perfect for spending a peaceful weekend morning sheltered from the high street buzz. I feel that I have found a hidden gem that is yet to be discovered by crowds.

The menu awakens your tastebuds with winning combos such as chorizo and goat cheese or poached pear and gorgonzola. The classic brunch staples – Benedicte or Royal poached eggs and sourdough toast with avocado are also on offer. But I’m won over by halloumi and avo with poached eggs and mint aioli on gluten free cornbread for guilt-free pre-tart indulgence.

The Tarts themselves are very reasonably priced and can be served for brunch on their own or lunch with a side of salad. I go for a parma ham, rocket and red onion jam tart, beautifully topped with gorgonzola and tiny poached pears peeking through its gooey surface. I ask for a side of spelt, green beans, peas, toasted almonds, pesto and feta salad to balance the richness. My companion had high praise for her chorizo, red pepper, tomato and goats cheese tart with za’atar-roasted sweet potato salad, masala yoghurt sauce and toasted seeds. It was a feast. The tarts are lusciously fresh and, accompanied with a salad, make the perfect sized lunch. The coffee is worth a mention too – if like me, you are a bit of a caffeine snob, Volcano Coffee Works brew won’t leave you disappointed.

With a gluten-free, full flavored raspberry chocolate brownie in hand for afternoon tea, we emerged back on the high street fully satisfied and a bit smug having discovered a secret brunch venue. It won’t stay that way for long!

Tart

65 Lordship Lane
SE22 8EP
020 8299 4989
www.tartlondon.com