Go Bananas for Brunch at Timmy Green, Victoria, SW1

Say g’dday to the newest member of the Daisy Green Collection; Timmy Green. This Aussie inspired all day eatery is one of the first to open its doors in the new Nova complex in Victoria, an area which has felt for many years like a rather chaotic building site.

Its refreshing to finally see scaffolding morph into sleek glass and Timmy Green’s has ensured that it stands out on the corner of Bressenden Place and Buckingham Palace Road by decking out the two floor diner with bright, art-deco touches, enough greenery to rival the Kew greenhouse and a stunning white Baby Grand. The restaurant is light and airy and oh-so Instagram friendly, not least due to the white marble tables. On a grey Saturday morning the restaurant is buzzing with chatty brunchers and a swanky Saxophonist playing chart hits, though I do wonder how well the set-up works later in the day; tables are rather narrow and as cosy as the velvet grey sofas may be for sipping on a matcha latte, they are less practical for dining at. 

The menu oozes the same level of decadence as the interior and ingredients such as ‘chia‘, ‘charcoal‘, ‘nectar‘ and ‘edible flowers‘ appeal to the health-conscious, Deliciously Ella-wannabe millennial crowd. An ‘on point’ twist on the classic English breakfast of eggs any way, black charcoal toast with house-made chilli pesto, a cucumber ribbon (search me…) and additions of avocado and sausage – grass fed, of course – is fresh and filling; it may look somewhat minimalist on the plate in comparison to a greasy fry-up, but this innovative take on a much-loved dish definitely hits the spot, especially after a booze Friday night. 

Meanwhile, those with a sweet tooth are spoilt for choice. Timmy Green’s banana bread with mascarpone, fresh berries, flaked almonds and berries is heralded as ‘award winning’, and it’s easy to see why. Anyone who has ever tried to bake banana loaf will agree that it’s no mean feat but here there are no soggy bottoms in sight; Mary Berry would swoon. Portions are hearty, perhaps rather too enthusiastically so; I can’t stand waste but equally physically can’t finish the two great hunks of bread in front of me.

The freshly squeezed orange juice is some of the best I’ve tasted and hits the mark between sweet and tangy spot on. The Go Bananas smoothie, a creamy blend featuring fat free fro-yo, agave and bee pollen is quickly devoured through a striped paper straw; I am incredibly pleased that there is no kale in sight. The matcha latte is however a low – it’s a bit tepid and the powder sinks to the bottom, creating a rather gritty tasting two-tone effect. 

Not so opulent is the service. Whilst staff are smiley and keen to please, they’re also a little all over the place. We see a different server each time and the lack of uniform or outfit continuity means that I occasionally jump at the random person approaching our table. Food, however, appears quickly and we enjoy an easy few hours; in true Aussie style the atmosphere is laid back and low pressure. 

The menu is not cheap but matches competitors and relative to portion sizes it is good value; you certainly won’t need lunch. This bright and eclectic venue is a welcome addition to the relatively bleak Victoria scene and, only a stones throw from the station, I’ll certainly be back. Not least for those hand cut twice cooked duck fat fries I spied on the menu…

Nova, Buckingham Palace Road, Victoria, SW1E 5DD; Mon-Sat 8:00-23:00, Sun 9:00-18:00

I was invited to dine with compliments from the Daisy Green Collection. All views and imagery are my own.

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