Although I may not give myself enough time to eat breakfast every day, it is one thing I make sure I do during the weekends. But occasionally I like to do something which my family think is weird, and that is to go out for breakfast. Or in this specific case, brunch. The glorious mealtime that incorporates breakfast and lunch.
And what better place to kick start your weekend than at The Breakfast Club. The Soho branch is the closest one to me, just a mere 10 – 15 minute bus ride away. But they have several others scattered around London and I highly recommend you give it a try.
But be prepared to queue; I have been there twice now and queued for an average of 30 minutes, which is the norm. I find that the turnaround is generally quick, the service is reasonable and the food is served in hearty big portions. Admittedly, some things on my plate tasted better than their counterparts (i.e. the pancakes were better than the scrambled eggs), but all in all, the food was decent and tasty.
The selection of breakfast on offer is mouthwatering – there is so much to choose from! And I am also grateful that their vegetarian options aren’t half-hearted like most places. Mainly all the meaty options have a vegetarian alternative. I’m not a veggie myself, but can only eat halal meat. Therefore, when I eat out in non-halal places, I go for veggie options. I have to admit that on both occasions I went there, I chose the ‘Veggie All American’.
This consists of 2 pancakes, eggs made to your preferred style (fried, scrambled or poached), a veggie sausage, mushroom, home-style fried potatoes to die for and then you’re given a bottle of maple syrup to drown your food to your heart’s content! Then I washed it down with a ‘Slow Boy’ freshly squeezed juice made from apple, carrot, orange and ginger.
The first time I went, my friend ordered ‘The Full Monty’ which consisted of bacon, sausage, black pudding, eggs, home-style fried potatoes, mushrooms, beans, grilled tomato and toasted multigrain bloomer… just wow!
She had her eggs poached and I remember her saying she could taste the vinegar on the egg which was a little off putting. But I also remember us both being extremely full afterwards and needing to go back home to lie-down!
This time round I went with some friends who had ‘The All American’ which was the same as my pancake dish, but with a proper sausage and streaky bacon. But I loved the look of the fresh mint tea they ordered with it!
I can see how something like The Breakfast Club works really well in London and no wonder why it is very popular. It’s a great way to eat out with friends too because you have the time that you are queued up to chat, which makes up for the less time you spend inside ordering and eating the food.
I hear the branch near Liverpool Street has a secret door that leads to an underground bar area once you say the secret phrase… but I’m not sure I should be telling you this though? Haha! I hope to venture down there some day myself!
Go on, give it a go!