Last Updated on August 16, 2021
Blissful Brunching at The Gentlemen Baristas.
Located down a quiet mews off Mayfair’s Berkeley Square, The Gentlemen Baristas offers quaint charm and excellent home-roasted coffee in equal measure. The brunch menu maintains simplicity whilst offering unique twists on some breakfast classics to suit every diner.
The morning we arrived at The Gentlemen Baristas Mayfair, recently opened in August 2021, the rain was bucketing down. Drenched from the 10-minute walk from Green Park tube station, The Gentlemen Baristas offered a welcome respite from the elements, and we were soon warmed up by our oat flat whites. The shop uses the Minor Figures brand of oat milk, which created a velvety, silky texture to top off the coffee which had a smooth and well-rounded taste. Coffee-lovers are well provided for: all 9 (soon to be 10) branches of The Gentlemen Baristas coffee houses benefit from the company’s East London roastery, which supplies a wide range of blends that can also be purchased online.
Inspired by the traditional coffee houses found in 17th century London, The Gentlemen Baristas Mayfair offers a tranquil and comfortable location to meet with friends, do some work on a laptop, or cosy up with a book. Both indoor and outdoor seating is available, and the café is tastefully decorated with a variety of houseplants and vintage London-inspired prints on the walls.
The menu at the Mayfair branch is mostly vegetarian and ideal for plant-based diners. For vegans, the smashed avocado with sumac, dukkah, chilli flakes and micro herbs on sourdough is on offer along with an on-trend acai bowl with homemade granola, pistachios, berries, and edible flowers.
The crunchy homemade granola was beautifully presented, adorned with striking edible flowers, a feature across the menu. It was well-balanced by fresh fruit and a generous dollop of spiced Greek yoghurt. The Gentlemen Baristas breathed new life into a classic breakfast with their Cacklebean scrambled eggs with micro-herbs and housemade spiced tomato relish on sourdough. Each component was prepared to perfection, and we enjoyed the soft, well-seasoned eggs that boasted a particularly rich amber colour. The tomato relish added an interesting twist on a brunch staple. It was full of flavour, refreshing and tangy with a hint of sweetness. The sourdough, like all baked goods at the Gentlemen Baristas Mayfair, is provided by the local Chestnut bakery in Belgravia. For those with a sweet tooth, the waffles combined a sweet, bright coffee whipped cream and a dark, decadent chocolate sauce. This combination delivered the flavours of tiramisu in a package perfect for a weekend morning.
Even if you are not a coffee drinker, the Gentlemen Baristas takes pride in its range of alternative warm drinks. Alongside organic fog green and elderflower and ginger teas, turmeric, chai and matcha lattes are also available. The velvety turmeric latte was calming and delicious, with a dusting of cinnamon on top. The chai latte was similarly comforting and the company which provides it, NEMI Teas, employs refugees in London to provide opportunities for local work experience and job readiness skills. Aside from the oat milk, other dairy-free options include almond and coconut. In fact, our chai latte with almond milk was an excellent combination.
34A Bruton Pl,
London W1J 6NR