Two months ago, when pictures of Dalloway Terrace’s perfectly stacked pancakes, pretty lattes and marble tables started appearing in my Instagram feed, I knew it was only a matter of time before I’d pay the restaurant a visit.
Dalloway Terrace, named after the eponymous character created by Virginia Woolf, is a restaurant and bar set in the heart of central London. The terrace is adjacent to the Bloomsbury Hotel, part of the Doyle Collection (also part of the collection is the Kensington Hotel where I had the Alexander McQueen Afternoon Tea last summer).
I visited Dalloway Terrace for breakfast on a quiet Thursday morning. As I arrived at the hotel, I was surprised to see the Georgian staircase and facade decorated with beautiful flowers. The flower arch was an homage to the Chelsea Flower Show.
Dalloway Terrace is spread on two levels accessible from both the street and the hotel. The space feels like a secluded garden away from the hustle and bustle of nearby Tottenham Court Road and Oxford Street.
The terrace is very beautiful and bathed in natural light. It feels cozy, with the charm of a French bistro and the elegance of an English conservatory.
The beautiful indoor-outdoor space is an interiors-lover’s dream; from the walls adorned with hanging branches and fairy lights, to the marble-topped tables decorated with fresh wild blooms and candle-lit glass lanterns. [Harpers Bazaar]
The breakfast menu features all the classics like Full English, Eggs Benedict and Royale, pancakes, granola and viennoiserie.
I ordered French toast with maple syrup & crispy bacon which was a very good choice. I thought the portion was quite generous for the price of £8.50. The brioche bread was thick and soft, the bacon crispy and juicy.
My brother ordered Avocado & grilled plum tomato, chili flakes on sourdough bread with poached eggs on the side (£10.50). We also tried one of the fresh fruit juices, I don’t remember the name but it was very nice. It had carrot, apple and ginger with an added energy booster of vitamins.
The flat white at Dalloway Terrace was also good (I must say, despite my low expectations). It didn’t have the taste of burnt bean I often find in coffee served outside of speciality cafes. Though I was confused by the size, as I expected a 5oz flat white, instead of what looked more like a latte.
The service was flawless and very attentive. Most of all, I fell in love with the space as it was very quiet and full of light. I would have liked to spend the rest of my morning sitting at one of those beautiful marble tables…
Dalloway Terrace is open daily from 7am, offering breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as afternoon tea and weekend brunch. Table booking is recommended, especially in the evenings and weekends. For more information, follow the Dalloway Terrace on Twitter and Instagram.
16-22 Great Russell Street London WC1B 3NN
Disclaimer: I was a guest of the restaurant. All opinions are my own.