Sunday, 17 November 2013

The Best Breakfast in London: Shoreditch & nearby



Bacon Sandwich @ St John Bread & Wine


With a bacon sarnie named by the Hardens restaurant guide as “the best bacon sandwich you’ll ever eat”, the simple perfection of Fergus Henderson’s St John Bread & Wine makes it one of my favourite places to eat in London (if not the world). Also: Toast & Honey.


St John Bread & Wine on Urbanspoon



Granola, Yogurt & Fruit Compote @ Rochelle Canteen


Housed in a converted bike shed in playground of the former Victorian Rochelle School on Arnold Circus, Rochelle Canteen is run by Melanie Arnold and Margot Henderson (aka Mrs. St. John). Like hubby’s St. Johns, the menu is simple, follows the nose to tail ethos and changes daily.  I wanted the eggs so did my wife; so I had the granola. From now on, I will always have the granola… ‘twas good! 


Rochelle Canteen on Urbanspoon




Kedgeree @ Hoi Polloi


Bistrotheque’s new brasserie in Shoreditch’s new Ace Hotel, Hoi Polloi, has a great all day menu with some excellent breakfast choices. The Kedgeree had a real spicy kick, generous flakes of fish and grated egg. The soundtrack was hip too! (Also: freshly squozen juices, good coffee and Eggs Benedict)

Hoi Polloi at The Ace Hotel on Urbanspoon



‘Lumber Jack Stack’ @ Smiths of Smithfield


Smiths of Smithfield was formerly shouty John Torode’s place but don’t hold that against it. If you like maple syrup but can’t decide whether to have waffles, pancakes or French toast? Why not have all three in the ‘Lumber Jack Stack’ (plus some Woodall’s bacon, obvs!)


If such greed makes you feel guilty, have an SOS (Beetroot, Carrot, Celery, Apple, Ginger) or Ginger Zinger (Carrot, Ginger, Apple) from the Juice Bar to help rebalance your ying with yer yang. Also: a mug of Cappuccino; Two Poached Eggs on Toast and Bubble.


Smiths of Smithfield on Urbanspoon



Sausage Naan & Chai @ Dishoom


‘A Bombay Café in London’ Dishoom offers a refreshingly different vibe for breakfast (or any meal for that matter). Who would have thought Cumbrian sausage, chilli tomato jam, cream cheese, coriander and naan bread are a marriage made in heaven? Also: check out the Bacon Naan and Egg Naan on Mrs Petticoat.


Dishoom Shoreditch on Urbanspoon



Salt Beef Beigel @ Brick Lane Beigel Bake


Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, serving the same menu for forever, the beigels of Brick Lane are not exclusively a breakfast item… for years they were the only way to sate my post clubbing munchies – a plain beigel was just 10p in those days; they are now an astronomical 25p #inflation (Also: my favourite for 20 years, a Salami Beigel)

Beigel Bake on Urbanspoon


Steak & Eggs Benedict @ Duck & Waffle


Located on the 40th floor of the Heron Tower, like Beigel Bake, Duck & Waffle is also open 24/7 (although their clientele is no doubt a little less representative of the East End’s underbelly). The views too are a little more impressive. More impressive than even the views… braised ox cheek, charred sourdough, perfectly poached eggs and hollandaise. 

Duck & Waffle on Urbanspoon 



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