Tucked away off of Balham’s bustling high street, is a humble garden café with plenty to offer. Brother Marcus (named after one of the founder’s brothers) is a cheerful brunch spot run by three school friends. Alex Large, Arthur Campbell and Tasos Gaitanos opened their café just earlier this year and their success with brunch, coffee and cocktails has seen them expand into their latest venture – loaded buns.
With four delicious options to choose from, Brother Marcus brings you a new evening menu consisting of some of the biggest, tastiest sandwiches you’ll ever have. Made from freshly baked focaccia bread and stuffed full to the brim, these loaded buns mean serious business.
“A simple menu means extra care is taken to assure a balance of flavours and textures, combining them to bring the unexpected to something fairly ordinary. There are no half measures at Brother Marcus.” – Tasos.
I was invited along to Brother Marcus’s press night to try their “naughty” sandwiches out for myself and was shocked at the hearty plate of food in front of me. I was expecting big, judging by their pictures, but these are BIG. No wonder sharing is recommended.
We had the Notorious P.I.G and The Salty Wench, both of which were impressively delicious. The trio’s talent for flavour combinations really comes through in the classic but unexpected mix of ingredients. These substantial sandwiches are accompanied by a choice of sides from the most divine sweet potato fries to homely mac-and-cheese balls and colourful rainbow slaw.
To drink I had The Glover, mixed with ginger infused tequila, grapefruit and lime. A refreshing cocktail that tasted like a twist on ginger beer.
The café itself is a cosy but lively venue with a sheltered garden out the back. In the evening this outdoor space transforms into a candle lit cocktail garden with chilled out ambience – perfect for some fresh air as you sink into your food coma…
Inside, the wooden benches match the outdoors-y feel with walls lined in potted cacti – a subtle nod to some major interior trends. I was impressed to find out that this talented trio managed to get up-and-running just three days after picking up the keys from the previous owners – building tables, painting and even photographing everything themselves. With their backgrounds in food, drinks, branding and photography, each founder has something to bring to the table.
The upbeat friends and their staff are clearly passionate about their food and this, paired with generous portions at a great price is undoubtedly a recipe for success.
I can’t wait to go and try their brunch next! Who’s with me?
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