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It’s a dog’s life at weekend brunch

PUBLISHED: 10:56 29 May 2015 | UPDATED: 10:56 29 May 2015

Logie the black labrador at the dog brunch party

Logie the black labrador at the dog brunch party

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“How would you like the steak cooked?”, I was asked. A standard question in any restaurant, although I wasn’t ordering it for myself, but my dog – in a top City restaurant.

Eggs Florentine with smoked salmon Eggs Florentine with smoked salmon

I let out a little chuckle, and decided he’d like it served medium . Sadly, I don’t think he even tasted it – swallowing the juicy meat down in one go before wolfing down its bed of rice in seconds.

This was the latest venture catering to London’s ever growing obsession with our four legged friends – a dog brunch party.

Slap bang next to the Bank of England, M – home to two restaurants, a cocktail bar, wine tasting room and private dining space – is normally filled with City slickers, but once a month is now taken over by pampered pooches getting a taste of the high life

With a bottomless stomach, the unfussiest of food tastes and a habit of never chewing food, my black Labrador, Logie, perhaps wasn’t the best critic to take along (although he couldn’t stop licking his chops and wagging his tail). But thankfully the owners are given just as much attention, so my sister and I got to judge the food and wine selection for ourselves.

Dogs dress up for the event Dogs dress up for the event

A small but perfectly formed two course brunch menu is on offer for two legged clients, and we both opted to kick things off with fluffy scotch pancakes layered with poached pears and yoghurt.

For the main event I chose the intriguing-sounding breakfast ramen and I wasn’t disappointed. A mouth-watering medley of tender ham hock, perfectly poached eggs, fiery chillies, spinach and noodles – doused in a tasty broth poured into the bowl in front of you.

My sister decided on the eggs Florentine, with the runny yolk spilling out over a bed of spinach with smoked salmon served on thick cut toast and mixing deliciously with the slathering of rich and creamy hollandaise sauce.

A light and crisp chenin blanc, selected for us by the sommelier from the extensive wine list, completed the brunch experience.

Breakfast ramen Breakfast ramen

While we tucked into our food and sipped wine, Logie had plenty to keep him entertained after his meal – not least the array of significantly more over-dresssed canines strutting their stuff, including a toy poodle in a miniature Ralph Lauren polo shirt and pooches which had even had parts of their fur dyed for the occasion.

There were also home-made dog biscuits for him to devour, complimentary ‘paw-dicures’ from Posh Pet Parlour, a photo booth and an artist on hand to draw ‘paw-traits’.

It’s a quirky concept and one that’s proving very popular – the idea of M’s creator Martin Williams, formerly managing director of Gaucho Restaurants, who clearly spotted the gap in the market for doting dog owners keen to enjoy top-notch cuisine while spoiling their canine companions.

The next Pampered Pooches Brunch Party at M Restaurants takes place on Saturday, June 13 and will have a disco theme.

Bella the dog enjoying the event Bella the dog enjoying the event

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