I’m not sure if it’s a sign of getting older or perhaps of being something of a ‘hipster’ (sadly, it’s likely the former) but give me a catch up with friends at brunch or lunch with a Bloody Mary over a night out on the tiles any day of the week.
Luckily for me (and my advancing years), socialising over eggs and avocado is ‘in’ these days and the number of places popping up that not only accommodate, but encourage long, leisurely brunches is on the rise.
Looking to tap into the market of “I’m hungover and I have gossip to tell you – I’ll explain over brunch?” millennials, the owners of award-winning restaurant and cocktail bar, The Adamson, couldn’t resist the opportunity to expand their offering when the property next door became available, which is now rather aptly named, Next Door.
And, when Next Door invited me in for lunch on opening day, I couldn't resist.
I like to think of thee new breakfast, brunch and lunch spot in St Andrews as the friendly, cheeky, slightly mischievous younger brother or sister of The Adamson where they understand the need for good, wholesome food, strong coffee and excellent lighting. I mean, did you even go to lunch if it you didn’t take a pic for the ‘gram?
The bright and airy 35-cover restaurant is instantly welcoming and, even on opening day when we visited, there was definitely a vibe of feeling like a regular.
Whilst we perused the lunch menu, we ordered a couple of extra spicy Bloody Mary’s and boy - they sure packed a punch!
In the spirit of trying to keep things healthy, I opted for the braised miso cod and bak choi. However, in the spirit of YOLO, I also ordered a side of Halloumi fries because I absolutely cannot resist any dish involving that pesky little squeaky, Greek cheese. It’s all about balance, right?
LUNCH ON THE GO
As someone who’s out and about regularly during the day, I often find it tricky to find somewhere for a light but tasty lunch that isn’t a Panini or a sandwich. The menu at Next Door, however, is full of tasty-sounding salads and interesting lunch options and also has lots of vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options.
My lunching companions opted for the sesame chicken and peanut burger and the Thai yellow fish curry and all three plates were completely cleared which is always a good sign. The chicken burger was accompanied by a pickled red cabbage slaw, which, not only looked great for, that all-important close-up shot, but tasted sharp and tangy. The Thai fish curry was also a massive hit and the crunchy peanuts went perfectly with the soft, melt-in-the-mouth fish.
COFFEE & CAKE
The beautifully displayed home baking was staring at me from the counter top so I had to try a fruit scone with clotted cream and strawberry jam and it certainly tasted just as good as it looked.
FRIENDS WHO BRUNCH TOGETHER...
With the breakfast/brunch menu offering super-food choices for the health-conscious such granola, chia seeds and tahini porridge but enough options for the hungover amongst us such as also the old faithful bacon, sausage and eggs and soldiers, there’s truly something for every breakfast-lover.
As a keen bruncher, I’m already plotting my return to Next Door to road-test the smashed avocado with poached eggs. And, as they say, “brunch without alcohol is just a sad, late breakfast”, so I’ll be sure to order a little glass of Veuve too.
Next Door - South Street, St Andrews (www.wearenextdoor.com)
I was invited in to try Next Door for free but all opinions are my own.
ALL PHOTOGRAPHS COURTESY OF NEXT DOOR