m1lk (Balham) – the best brunch I’ve had in London

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I couldn’t find anywhere particularly gluten friendly for brunch last time my parents were down, so I did a bit of research and found this place. The gluten free corn bread on the menu seemed like a sign they were actually on the ball when it came to gluten containing foods so I decided to give it a go.

One hungover Saturday morning I rocked up (it’s a 5 minute walk from Balham tube) and asked for a table. Fifteen minutes later (it is always busy and you can’t book, but I’ve never waited more than 15 minutes) and we had a nice little table inside. They don’t take cards so my mate nipped to the cash machine round the corner and we ordered at the til.

10 minutes later and the food arrived and looked pretty amazing. Sweetcorn fritters, avocado and halloumi w/bacon, homemade baked beans and gluten free corn bread for me – every mouthful tasted great, the corn bread something I’d never had before and super tasty and the home-made beans possibly the best I’ve had. My friend had some kind of eggs (there is loads of different kinds and I was too busy eating to pay attention). Anyway he loved them too and accompanied them with some sourdough toast.

The staff are friendly and knowledgeable about what you can have (and there is lots on the menu you can have), the surroundings are homely and welcoming and they always have a gluten free cake if you want a treat to take home.

I’ve been back every week I’ve been in London since that day and am treating it like my local. A little secret of South London, so don’t make it too popular as I don’t want my waiting times for a table to increase.

recommend: the sweetcorn fritters w/bacon, plus a side of homemade beans and a side of gluten free corn bread
Overall score: 5/5 (something special – and that’s even tho I’m a bit of a snob when it comes to having to order at the til)
Gluten dodging score: 5/5 (know their stuff and actively cater for gf)
price: ££
website: www.m1lk.co.uk


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