Of all the food categories out there, brunch, in particular, has an affinity with Instagram. There is something inexplicably mesmerizing about a pert orange yolk being pierced and oozing out, lava-like.
The breakfast bowls, like miniature edible Japanese rock gardens. Do you eat delicately, a spoonful with shaggy coconut another with pumpkin seeds or do you unceremoniously muddle the lot into a sloppy lumpy mess? A tower of pancakes. The boxy depressions of waffles. They are green here, coloured with Matcha, topped with that egg, a lacquered rasher of bacon and a toussle of rocket.
Eat My Trip – so called because the menu is made up of inspirations from Genia’s (the young owner’s) travels – is visually led. That tower of pancakes? At Eat My Trip you can have yours with cream, chocolate sauce, chocolate chips, fruit and wearing an upturned ice cream cone, placed jauntily to the side. They do a blue-hued cheesecake coloured with spirulina. Even the most pedestrian of breakfast plates are transformed into off the wall creations full of vivid colours and unusual combinations. If Willy Wonka had a granddaughter and that granddaughter opened up a brunch place it would probably be a lot like Eat My Trip.
Genia started off making show-stopping American style cakes: high, their crowns loaded with confectionary or decoration, often with a distinctive drip around the edges – before getting into the brunch scene. (You should have a look at her Cake Gallery on Facebook for some jaw-dropping designs.) She was joined by Ksenia and together the two are bringing their distinctive visual style to the can’t-get-enough-of-brunch public.
There is not one person tucking into their food at Eat My Trip without snapping a photo first. The median age of the customers is young, female with a tendency to wear their hair long and straight. They’ve probably come angling for a high volume Instagram shot and ended up enjoying it more than they expected.
Because Genia & Ksenia approach everything on the menu with seriousness and dedication. And an extra dose of fun.