As a mum to two young boys my exciting trips are pretty limited at the moment. So to bring us inspiration from her brunch in Kiev this week we have a guest post from Tor at Tor Goes Travelling Again.
When I decided at the last minute to have a week exploring Ukraine (dragging my long suffering mother with me), I just knew I had to volunteer to do a post for The Breakfast Page – any excuse to go out for brunch!
After an exciting but slightly harrowing day exploring the site of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster site, we decided to treat ourselves with brunch at one of Kievs smart cafés. I always use Culture Trip to check out tips for exploring cities and I found a great list of Top Brunch Spots in Kiev, with three possible contenders. The winner was Fandom as it was located near the 11th century Golden Gates at the start of our planned walking tour of the city.
Tucked back from the street with discreet signage, it was still easy to find being opposite the Opera House, with its stunning Neo-Renaissance facade. Inside, the cafe is very modern with leather booths and gleaming tables. A waitress greeted us and gave us English menus.
Fandom offers a few all day breakfast choices, as well as sandwiches and main meals. We made our selection very quickly. Mum went for the Syrniki, a traditional Ukrainian breakfast of cottage cheese pancakes. Syr means cheese in Ukrainian and they are usually served with sour cream or berry jam. The waitress offered a choice of sour cream, blackberry jam or honey, with Mum choosing jam. I wanted something savoury so I chose Eggs Benedict with salmon and was a bit floored when asked how many eggs I wanted. How many are you allowed?! I was very restrained and went for two.
Our coffees arrived first – an Americano for me, served as an expresso with hot water on the side and a creamy Latte for Mum. We had a short wait for our food which arrived just as we finished our coffees.
On seeing the ‘pancakes’ I was rather jealous, but lucky for me Mum let me have one. They looked unlike any pancakes I’ve seen before. They were more like drop scones in their appearance but with the fluffiest, softest texture with the crumbled cottage cheese clearly visible. The blackberry jam was a wonderful accompaniment and likely homemade.
My eggs were fantastic – and enormous. They must have been supersized eggs! Poached to perfection, they were served on thin toast (with the crusts removed), with plenty of smoked salmon and a side salad with pesto dressing.
After brunch we were tempted to have another coffee and one of the delicious looking eclairs but decided Kiev was calling us. We still had the whole city to explore before heading on to Lviv the next day.
If you’d like to hear more about my adventures in Ukraine, please do check out Tor goes travelling again.
Those Syrniki do look yummy, we will hear from Tor again when she has another exciting breakfast to share. For more brunch ideas make sure you are following over on Instagram too.
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