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Bottomless Brunch, Timmy Green

Looking for a bottomless brunch, breakfast, lunch or dinner spot in Victoria?  You won’t be disappointed to eat at Timmy Green.

Who doesn’t love a bottomless brunch?  Here in the UK, we’re slow on the uptake and slowly but surely it’s being introduced to lots of restaurants, here in the capital.  Nova Victoria takes up a vast swathe of a new development in Victoria.  Seventeen restaurants and three pop-up stands run in a square along Victoria Street, Buckingham Palace Road and Bressenden Place.  It’s the result of a significant investment and huge re-development known as The Nova Manifesto.  It brings offices, apartments and some fabulous places to eat in an area which was once a food desert.


Timmy Green is the latest Australian-inspired cafe from the Daisy Green Group.  It’s a triangular-shaped restaurant within a rectangular building, so it’s a piece of art in itself.

Bottomless Brunch

The restaurant can cater for 150 covers, and there are two floors, mostly set with tables for 2.  We visit during a Friday lunch service, and it fills to bursting by the time we leave.  I bring Mum along to sample the bottomless brunch which is on offer every weekday here from 8 am to 3 pm.



Prosecco and orange juice free-flows until you’ve sat for 2 hours and in fairness, we drank more OJ than Prosecco.   Diners can choose one cold item, one hot, and can pay an additional £5 for bottomless coffee or £8 for smoothies and juices.

Cold Items

To begin, Mum had the housemade maple granola served with thick Greek yoghurt, fresh berries, honey, chia seeds, flaked almonds & flowers.  A generous plate of fresh fruit, dried berries and toasted oats and seeds topped with thick creamy yoghurt.

I plumped for the coconut bread french toast, with thick Greek yoghurt, fresh & freeze-dried berries, griddled mango, shaved coconut, bee pollen & pure maple syrup.   Two puck-shaped and baked, sweetened bread was stacked with everything.   Three soft fingers of mango on one side and pureed raspberry on the other.

Both dishes were very filling, and we became a little worried that we’d ordered a hot plate too.   But following a pause and a couple of glasses of fizz we were ready for it.

Hot Items

Mum chose the healthy breakfast greens.   Two poached eggs came on a bed of steamed seasonal greens with halloumi soldiers on the side. The halloumi soldiers are excellent, ideal for dipping in the egg yolks (although I’d also ordered a side of toast, made with Daisy Green’s famous activated-charcoal bread for that very purpose).

Bright orange yolk ran over the plate when I broke into one of my poached eggs.  The smoked salmon royale came on dark rye.  Lemon hollandaise with just the right amount of tartness covered two perfectly poached eggs.  There was half an avocado on the side with a dollop of spicy homemade pesto.  Another generous plate of food which I thoroughly enjoyed.

We loved the atmosphere inside.  It was beautifully light with some beautiful art inside, including these Lone Ranger prints (with banana guns) by the artist and printmaker Shuby.  Look out for the massive painting by Louise Dear and giant egg by Sir Peter Blake.

There are plenty of exciting options on the menu including the full English with a twist, broccoli & corn fritters, Shakshouka and the fancy bacon roll, with the Ribman’s Holy F**k sauce.

We were guests of  Timmy Green, Nova, Victoria.

Did you read my recent review of Kaspar’s at The Savoy Hotel?

Review: Cafe Murano, St James's

Review: Cafe Murano, St James’s

Cocktails kicked off the evening at Dukes Hotel; crystal glasses were filled with frozen Number 3 Gin, Vermouth and a large slice of Amalfi lemon peel.  I wholly recommend a visit.  If you can, get Alessandro Palazzi to wheel his trolley to your table and make it before your eyes, the theatre is a must for anyone, just priceless for visitors to the capital.

Review: Cafe Murano, St James's

We threw the credit card at the evening.  It happened to be my birthday, and surprisingly it wasn’t as costly as I’d first imagined it might be.

I’d booked into Cafe Murano, at the other end of St James’s and a five-minute stroll from Dukes Hotel.

Review: Cafe Murano, St James's

Cafe Murano is pretty unassuming on the outside.   On the inside, a marble bar dominates the length of the dining room, handy for that quick bowl of lunchtime pasta.   I loved that the tables had a decent amount of space between them and for a school night there was a nice buzz about the place.

Review: Cafe Murano, St James's

It didn’t take long before we’d sat down and had ordered a Menabrea beer and the Aperitivo Of The Day ‘Tramonto di Luglio’ (Myers Rum, Maraschino, Apricot, Sweet & Sour, Lavender bitters).

Review: Cafe Murano, St James's

The menu was about to change, but I’m thankful for the selection on offer.

The waiting staff were attentive and offered up help when needed, but weren’t overbearing in the slightest.


We had to have the Angela Hartnett signature arancini (£4.50) (did I mention it’s her restaurant?).  Tightly-packed risotto rice, infused with truffle oil, rolled into balls and breadcrumbs then deep-fried to the perfect crispness.

Review: Cafe Murano, St James's

Salumi with the crispiest Carta di Musica was a good place to start (£12).  Lots of flavourful meat but the clear winner was the Finocchio or fennel-studded salami.

Review: Cafe Murano, St James's

Review: Cafe Murano, St James's

A well-risen, pillow-soft Rosemary focaccia came with a small saucer (more’s the pity) of Planeta olive oil.

Review: Cafe Murano, St James's


We made relatively light work of the plates and moved to the Antipasti.  A good-sized portion of octopus, potato and caper leaves lasted no longer than the click of the iPhone (£10.50).  Salted and chopped tentacles worked well with the creamy salad potatoes and pickled caper leaves.

Review: Cafe Murano, St James's

The Tagliatelle Amatriciana with grated pecorino was a well-chosen classic (£10.50/£17.00).  Lovely ribbons of fresh-egg pasta were tossed in a fresh tomato sauce with a generous grated topping of sharp and salty Pecorino.

Review: Cafe Murano, St James's

Mr opted for the Spaghettini, anchovies and pangrattato (£10.00/£16.50).  Again no surprise that the supplier of fresh pasta to Fortnum’s around the corner is pretty good at making a good pasta. Being a huge fan of anchovies, he lapped up the dish of flavours, which was crowned with a breadcrumb and chilli crumb.

Review: Cafe Murano, St James's


I thought I was full by this time and then spotted the courgette fritti (£3.75) I managed to work my way through a bowl of deep-fried, batter-coated chips of courgette.  Amazing.


Mr ploughed onto the next course.  Beef rump, stracchino, San Marzano and basil (£21.00).  What a joy to taste this plump Italian tomato, grown at the foot of Mount Vesuvius, sweet, dark red with the richness of the beef, which cut like butter, draped with creamy stracchino cheese.  A perfect plate of food.

Review: Cafe Murano, St James's


In fairness I was full but the salted caramel baked chocolate pannacotta was winking, heavily.   This was the only dish which left me slightly disappointed.  Sure it was creamy, and a beautiful set but the depth of flavour just wasn’t there, even drizzled with a salted caramel sauce.  That said, I ate the whole thing, so it wasn’t that bad.

Review: Cafe Murano, St James's

Lastly, the team at Cafe Murano saw it was my Birthday on my booking. I love a Happy Birthday plate, and they didn’t disappoint.

Review: Cafe Murano, St James's

What a lovely evening.  Shame it was a school night.

Love Italian food?  Another top Italian is Sartoria on Savile Row.

Cafe Murano, 33 St James’s Street, London, SW1A 1HD, United Kingdom