20 Seymour Street, London, United Kingdom
Mon-Fri 7am-6pm, Sat-Sun 9am-5pm
Australian inspired cafe serving coffee, all day brunch, salads and cocktails.
Choose one hot and one cold item from the brunch menu and enjoy with bottomless Prosecco, Mimosas or Bloody Marys for £35 per person. Available Monday to Saturday from 10am and from noon on Sundays. Available for the whole table
only, for a maximum of 2 hours. Check out the menu online.
Follow them on Twitter and Instagram @daisygreenfood.
From the outside Daisy Green looks like a regular (if very colourful) coffee shop, with bench seats lining the windows, lone diners gobbling cakes and coffee while tapping on their laptops. The upstairs area is cosy, and with the significant lunchtime queue waiting for their takeaway boxes and lattes, it’s hard to see the kaleidoscope of salads lining the counter top. Know that they are there and well worth exploring.
Move downstairs, and it’s like entering a hidden garden, which explains why they have in fact called it the Secret Garden. Paper flowers dangle from the ceiling of this surprisingly light space, filled with mismatched furniture and busied by young staff. It’s slightly chaotic, but charming for it. There’s a giant paper mache rabbit head in the corner and hand painted murals on the walls, creating an Alice in Wonderland vibe.
It turns out that this place is beloved of locals, particularly for brunch, and even on a weekday lunchtime it’s packed with local office workers, their tables filled with eggs many ways, combs of sliced avocado and, sensibly, bright, thick fruit smoothies.
It’s Monday lunchtime, so we order a bloody Mary. Why not? It’s great, with punch, plenty of pepper and (obviously) a whack of vodka to soften the blow that is the beginning of the week. A ‘fancy bacon sandwich’ alongside is huge, and excellent value, with the bacon sitting alongside two runny poached eggs, crispy onions, spinach, red chilli and a warm paratha. This works. Ah bacon, how brilliant you taste with just about everything.
It seems right to eat some veg with our vodka and a mixed salad plate brings freshness. Salads change on a daily basis but we loved a crushed pea dish, bright with lemon and not at all claggy, as can often happen with peas. Beetroots are sweet, roasted alongside plums – a pretty and creative combination. A carrot salad has toasted coconut, and they even manage to make dull old cabbage taste sprightly and fun. It’s easy to see why the workers queue for their takeaway boxes. Protein can be added to the plate too, for a more complete meal.
Service is relaxed and charming, making Daisy Green the kind of place where you feel you’re going to see your mates on a Saturday morning, having a cheeky Prosecco and breakfast while you’re there (brunch also comes bottomless for larger appetites). It feels very youthful, which for those of us who feel less so than we used to, is very welcome indeed. Their dense, fudgy chocolate brownies also do wonders for the mood.