- The Dish: Kothu roti with bacon and mushroom or beans and cheese
- The Place: Hoppers
- The Chef: Karam Sethi
What? An all-day Sri Lankan-inspired brunch is being launched by Hoppers at St. Christopher’s Place. Fresh off the plane from a research trip to the island, the Hoppers team have crafted a menu of kothus (stir-fried roti bread), karis (curry) and dosas for an indulgent Sunday family-style brunch.
Guests can begin their Hoppers brunch with a selection of fiery short eats, including devilled chicken sausage and punchy green peppercorn squid. Traditional kothu roti get a British brekkie twist, with vegetables egg and/or meat replaced with bacon and mushroom or beans and cheese.
More substantial eats include the karis with either tender overnight mutton or an omelette-style kari, served alongside the classic egg hoppers or decadent chilli cheese dosas.
To wash it all down, guests can sip on the Smoked Gorakha Bloody Mary, one of Hoppers’ famous arrack punches, or jenever-spiked cocktails (the juniper-flavoured traditional liquor from the Netherlands and Belgium).
Where? Established in 2015, Hoppers takes inspiration from the fiery flavours and comforting street food of Sri Lanka and South India.
Following the success of its Soho site, which was established by JKS Restaurants (the group behind Gymkhana, Trishna, Brigadiers and Motu), a second Hoppers at St Christopher’s Place opened in September. The newest addition is themed around the iconic Tropical Modernist movement of the late Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa and is significantly bigger than the original.
Why? With Lonely Planet declaring Sri Lanka the top travel destination for 2019, the popularity of this continent and cuisine is only set to grow.
Add to that the indefatigable popularity of brunch and the fact the capital has seen the likes of Indian, Italian, Thai, Japanese and Mexican all create their takes on the meal time, and it’s no surprise that Hoppers has introduced a Sri Lankan-style version at its newer, bigger site.
“Sundays are a great time to come together for some memorable meals with the entire family, and in our all-new brunch menu, we have tried to include a selection of dishes that will have something for everyone,” said Hoppers director Karan Gokani.
“There’s nothing more gratifying than watching family and friends laughing, chatting and sharing food round the dining table.”
Elsewhere in the UK, the Coconut Tree has ambitious plans to bring Sri Lankan street food to the masses, so it wouldn’t be surprising if the group was to introduce its own brunch – it is one of the fastest growing meal segments in the UK, after all.