I was on the lookout for a little something different. We wanted some brunch before heading to the British Museum and I’m not sure how things connect up in my head but I recalled passing Maroush Bakehouse on Edgware Road on the bus and looking at it in curiosity. What did they serve? Was it just bread? A little googling helped to answer my questions – they did indeed have lots of bread but they also served savouries and sweets inside. In particular, their breakfast was highly rated. I had to try it.
We arrived at about 11:30 on a Sunday morning and it was packed with a mix of locals and tourists. We managed to find a quiet table at the back. Ordering mint tea got us this very grand teapot.
We split a few items on the menu. A lahem b’agine was as I remember from my university days – it’s flatbread topped with seasoned minced lamb and the only thing that would have been better is if they’d heated it up prior to serving it. Or perhaps put some pickles on top.
We also got a Lebanese breakfast, which every other table also ordered – and we could see why! It looked brilliant, all full of colours and very appealing to the eye. This huge plate held an omelette, labneh (strained yoghurt), ful medames (cooked dried broad beans), cucumber sticks, tomato slices and a big pile of wonderfully bitter olives. And there was lots of olive oil drizzled over everything. It’s all wonderfully healthy and I have to give special mention to the ful medames because I really could have consumed just a giant bowlful of that that morning.
To scoop up everything, a basket of freshly baked flatbread is also provided. Brown or white.
It’s a great place for a breakfast that’s not your usual fry-up.
45-49 Edgware Road
London W2 2HZ
There are other branches on Earl’s Court Road and in Knightsbridge and at Hyde Park Corner.