After a good workout on a Saturday morning, brunch is a staple part of our weekend, so we often go around town in search of a decent, hearty and well-earned brunch. NOM on Elgin Street has recently started serving a weekend brunch. Having enjoyed their lunch and dinner menus, we hoped their brunch would also be a winner…
NOM’s brunch menu is classified as modern Italian, including a number of Chef Fabrizio Napolitano’s breakfast favourites. He wants to move away from the idea that breakfast is all about eggs, highlighting other ingredients as the protagonists, with eggs as an added bonus.
Upon arrival, each guest receives a complimentary glass of freshly squeezed orange juice and a copy of the SCMP – a nice little touch. There is a decent list of brunch cocktails and mocktails, of which we tried the very refreshing Vermilion Rush, with blood orange purée and basil.
In our opinion, a good brunch is not complete without a generous serving of avocado. We therefore tried the broad beans and avocado bruschetta. This comes with crispy bacon and bell pepper salsa, and we of course added a couple of poached eggs. The flavours of this dish were absolutely delicious and the eggs cooked to the perfect runny consistency. Unfortunately, however, the eggs, having obviously been pre-prepared, were served cold, which was definitely not ideal.
I had high expectations for the Spanish chorizo with corn on the cob, stewed beans and poached egg, served with country bread. You can’t go wrong with a juicy corn on the cob smothered in chipotle mayo and sprinkled with grated cheese. The bowl of stewed beans with chorizo, on the other hand, although full of comforting, earthy flavours, wasn’t quite as good as expected. The beans still had a significant bite to them, as if they hadn’t been cooked for long enough and, again, the perfectly poached egg was cold.
The absolute standout dish of the day was from the specials menu – homemade cornbread with stewed plums and mascarpone. The cornbread was deliciously soft, light and fluffy, and paired beautifully with the sweet, sticky plums and creamy mascarpone.
Once we’d finished our brunch, we realised there was something missing: meatballs! I know the restaurant is called Not Only Meatballs, so obviously it’s allowed to serve other things too, but we couldn’t help but think that there should have been one meatball dish on the menu, since when else are you allowed to order meatballs for breakfast?!
The brunch menu is offered every Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 4pm. It’s pretty reasonably priced, with most dishes under $100. I think NOM is on the right track to being a fantastic brunch option, with some exciting offerings. Perhaps a little attention to detail and warm eggs would help it achieve this.
1/F, 1-5 Elgin Street
Tel: +852 2540 7988