If you’ve been reading Time Out then you’ll be fully au fait with Billionaire Mansion.
However, in case, here’s a quick recap: it’s the brainchild of ex-Formula 1 supremo Flavio Briatore and it's not really a mansion; it's home to an Italian restaurant, Billionaire Grill, and a Japanese one, Sumosan. Both occupy the same space and you choose from each menu in tandem.
On our first visit (for dinner) we were equally intrigued and bewildered by this: sushi isn’t pizza’s natural partner. Unless, of course, you’re at a brunch. Any seasoned bruncher has inevitably, at some point, piled their plates with a far more risqué combination than that.
So, with that in mind, ahead of our visit, we feel that this might be where the mix and match concept comes into its own. And, happily, we are right: food-wise, the brunch really works. Far from the cuisines competing, they complement each other perfectly.
Brunch happens in four stages. The first course, from Italy, of bresaola and a tomato and mozzarella salad is a fresh and tasty start to the meal.
Not to be outdone, however, the Japanese offering packs a punch as well. The T&T rolls (truffle and tuna) are the winner from the sushi platter, while the wasabi prawns deserve a mention, too.
Mains are grown-up and well-presented; chicken teriyaki in a sweet, sticky sauce and Chilean sea bass with roasted cherry tomatoes and olives.
That said, if you have a sweet tooth, you’ll want to visit for the puddings alone. An elaborate platter arrives to gasps of awe: dessert here really is a thing of beauty.
It’s a glamorous location, a place to see and be seen, but sadly there’s not really anyone to see when we visit. It’s surprisingly relaxed considering the venue, though, so we’re sure the crowd will pick up once word gets out.
The Bottom Line
A beautifully presented brunch, that's just missing a buzz.