Throwback to the start of last year when I visited Tupi! It feels like a new skyscraper goes up in Elephant and Castle every three months, but new restaurants and eateries aren’t all that common. In fact the most recent restaurant that opened in the area, that I can remember, is Tupi! Nonetheless, a new restaurant meant a new food experience!
Food - 8/10
Ambiance - 8/10
Service - 8/10
Value for Money - 6/10
A colourful chain serving up healthy brunch options and combining European – South American fare.
Price range: ££
Telephone: 020 770 37701
Address: 2 Castle Sq, Elephant Road, SE17 1EN
Nearest Station: Elephant and Castle
You get a good indication of what Tupi is all about even before you take your seat. The interior is superbly designed – from the colourful, vibrant, modern furnishings to the chic wallpaper. The interior speaks well for the food, which is contemporary urbane fare: and yes that mainly consists of the usual avocados on toast, granola, halloumi sandwiches, healthy brunches that we’ve all become accustomed to!
The menu at Tupi is quite simple and standard. It specialises in all-day brunches, breakfasts, and healthy options. Take the humble British fry up for instance: a greasy (and, in many ways, indulgent) mess. At Tupi, swap out the buttered toast for sourdough, fried tomatoes for on-the-vine cherry tomatoes, eggs and pesto. The menu is punctuated with notes from South America. It’s not a copy and paste brunch spot, you can tell that thought went into designing the menu, and differentiating it from the other brunch spots down the road. Don’t expect full dinners or evening fine dining though, if you feel for a feast go for a more hearty meal – but if you’re hangry then Tupi will put you in a better mood.
I visited Tupi around the afternoon for some brunch and suffice to say, I was very pleased with my visit. It’s always a bit of a gamble visiting new and relatively unknown spots, but you can find some hidden gems. I ordered the smashed avocado on toast option which came with eggs on two pieces of sourdough bread. I love greasy food, and burgers in particular, but this here is Emir’s go-to brunch. Okay, I did throw in a portion of sweet potato fries, just because.
The presentation of the meal is great. The dose of lemon in the avocados does add an extra dimension, and with the runny eggs providing a bit of gooey texture, it complemented the meal. My brunch came to a total of £11.50 and I felt that was a little on the pricey side though (£8 for the avocado toast + £3.50 for the portion of fries). If you chuck in a smoothie or a drink you’re looking at around £15 for a quick spot of brunch which isn’t the best value for money, I think. Look out for a cafe/brunch foodie guide by me in one of my future reviews, to see the best spots for cheap and cheerful brunches in the city.
Tupi isn’t only at Elephant and Castle, you can also find it over at Bethnal Green (currently delivery only according to their website) and Peckham (where the first Tupi was born). It’s definitely worth checking out if you’re ever nearby and feel peckish for some avocado toast! You can’t do much wrong here!
As always: speak to you next time!