One of my absolute favourite early morning dishes is kedgeree. But for some reason it isn’t that commonly featured on most of London’s breakfast or brunch menus. So you can imagine my excitement when I spotted it on the menu at Le Chandelier, a hidden gem of a restaurant in East Dulwich.
Le Chandelier is on East Dulwich’s Lordship Lane, home to an array of bars, delis and restaurants, but for me it’s Le Chandelier that really stands out.
First off I love the decor. A variety of grand chandeliers hang from the ceilings downstairs and the mismatched furniture, exposed brickwork, blue and green mosaics and bright skylight gives the space a quaint country house kitchen feel to it.
In contrast, upstairs has more of a Moroccan vibe going on, with terracota-plastered walls, cushions and couches lining the room all the way round and small metal tables that wobble as a result of the fan on the floor below. Vases full of plastic flowers and little lights lining the staircase add the finishing touches.
And it’s not just the interior that makes Le Chandelier a hidden gem. The food is pretty good too. My portion of kedgeree was a huge portion of basmati rice with a hint of curry was served with generous chunks of smoked haddock, shredded egg, parsley and onion with an accompaniment of mango sauce.
Sharps’ brunch dish looked (and tasted) so good I was on the brink of food envy. His eggs royale, perfectly cooked poached eggs smothered in rich, creamy hollandaise sauce on a bed of thick-cut smoked salmon on thick sourdough bread toast was divine. The only disappointment was the coffee machine was broken so we had to make do with filter coffee instead of cappuccino.
If you’re a tea drinker you’ll be spoilt for choice by the rows of teas on display (including some flowering teas). And if you’re there between 3-6pm you could opt for one of the afternoon teas. Le Chandelier is a great place for a leisurely brunch in East Dulwich which is just as well as this one hidden gem you’ll want to take your time over.