Restaurant of the week: Thirty Six by Nigel Mendham

Brunch - the brainchild of British journalist, Guy Beringer, back at the start of the 20th century - has become of an institution in the capital. Sundays invariably see Londoners loosen their waistbands to eat and drink to their heart’s desire.

Who does the best brunch? That’s like asking “Who is the world’s greatest footballer - Lionel Messi, James Rodriguez, Cristiano Ronaldo or Neymar?" Just as that debate has divided the football world, every Londoner has their favourite brunch spot.

However if you fancy a civilised Sunday brunch, try Michelin starred chef, Nigel Mendham’s, offering at Thirty Six. Tucked away in Dukes St James - the Mayfair hotel that’s been dubbed 007’s spiritual home (the bar was favourite haunt of Bond author Ian Flemming) - a visit to Thirty Six by Nigel Mendham is akin to visiting the home of an aristocratic Uncle. The classic black and gold decor - the work of much admired designer Shaun Clarkson - provides a seriously good looking space in which to enjoy some brilliant brunch staples.

Rather than opting for the ‘everything-but-the-kitchen-sink-style’ quantities of other brunches, Thirty Six by Nigel Mendham chooses instead to do a few things very well. Haute Time piled our plates high at the beautiful presented buffet with wonderfully flaky, fresh croissants, a selection of charcuterie, breads so good we were tempted to munch our way through the whole basket, 'make your own granola' (great fun!), smoked salmon as well as sublime selection of salads (standouts include the Potato and fennel slaw) and cheeses.

But save room for the a la carte egg options - our omlette of Smoked haddock, gruyere and watercress had us purring with pleasure. And if you can forget about your figure, close with the waffles - served with chocolate, maple syrup or Chantilly cream.

Wash your brunch down with a glass of champagne or opt for the refreshing St. James’s Champagne cocktail - specially created by Thirty Six's head sommelier. Service is exemplary making Mendham’s Thirty Six an assured addition to the Sunday brunching scene.