Brunching at Tigerlily
If you know me (or even if you don't), you'll probably know that brunch is my favourite meal, and I'll cancel pretty much any plan to make different ones that involve pancakes.
So when my bestie asked me to choose somewhere for my 'birthday princess brunch' (totally claiming ownership of this phrase from hereon in), I found it pretty difficult to make a decision. So many options, only one stomach. But eventually, inspired by the notion that we'd get all dressed up and go glam, I settled on Tigerlily on George Street, knowing it to have a glittering reputation for being, well, glittering.
Seriously, the decor in this place is amazing. Maybe borderline too much for any minimalists out there, but we loved it. Neither of us have ever eaten eggs and bacon anywhere quite so glam before! Think glitzy patterned tiled floors, mosaic mirrored panels, entire walls covered in greenery and fairy lights, marble tables, and faux cherry blossom almost everywhere. It's seriously opulent and the perfect backdrop for your Instagram selfies!
When I made the booking, I'd mentioned in the notes that it was a birthday celebration, and also that my friend is coeliac. Usually I find that these comments are ignored and you have to explain everything again to the waiting staff - so I was very pleasantly surprised when our waiter came over immediately to acknowledge the birthday bit, and offer us both a glass of complimentary prosecco to get our brunch started, which was accepted (of course!). He also asked which of us was coeliac, and then went through the menu with my friend to advise which dishes they had gluten-free options for.
The brunch menu was pretty extensive, and it took us a little while to decide. Aby opted for a gluten-free version of the French toast, with bacon and maple syrup, while I chose 'The Kickstart': avocado on toast, with poached eggs, sunblush tomatoes and a side of Ayrshire bacon, and we had a pot of lovely Eteaket breakfast tea to share.
The food arrived pretty quickly, and it was delicious! Aby's alternative bread was tasty, and piled high with bacon and syrup, so she was a pretty happy girl - while I had swapped the granary bread for a bloomer option (never can say no to white bread), covered in avocado and two perfectly-cooked poached eggs. The sunblush tomatoes were a fantastic addition - I've never had them with breakfast before, and they added so much flavour to the avocado. I'll definitely be pinching this idea for brunching at home!
Once we had scraped our plates clean, we ordered a couple of cocktails to finish off. Aby went for a Pina Colada (which she finished in record time, you go girl!) and I went off-menu to have a Bloody Mary - both lip-smackingly good and the ideal way to end our delicious brunch.
We had an unexpectedly good time at Tigerlily - its decadence and sheer girliness has long appealed to me, but I was worried about it being a little OTT, or too hen-party to visit on a weekend. While I can definitely see it being a little too loud or wild for my tastes on a Friday or Saturday night, brunch was peaceful, not too busy and a really fun and fabulous experience. Definitely one for you and the girls rather than a date option in my opinion - I'll certainly be heading back with the ladies very soon!
Have you been to Tigerlily?