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Rendezvous reviewed

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

Well, despite the promises of many, attendance at October breakfast seems to have suffered  substantially in the cuts, with a modest duo sampling the fare at Rendevous.    The caff was practically empty when we arrived, with unpopulated tables a plenty – which is a stark contrast to the heaving mania that takes over the place at lunchtime.

The sign outside offered an inviting Full English breakfast for the very reasonable sum of £4.50, with sausage, egg, bacon, beans, mushrooms and hash browns plus toast and a tea, coffee or soft drink.  Immediate plus points earned for the option to sub the tea/coffee with a soft drink for no extra cost – an enlightened attitude which has yet to reach the majority of caffs that we have visited.

Unfortunately, marks must also immediately be deducted for substituting the promised (and eagerly anticipated) hash browns with a pile of chips without so much as a by-your-leave.    This disappointment aside, Rendezvous provided a breakfast of overwhelming averageness.

The Baconista tucks in at Rendezvous

The low-down then …

Sausage: plain, decent size and unarguably sausage-like

Egg: Singular, a little overcooked with only a little runniness left to the yolk – but not burnt or otherwise desecrated.

Mushrooms: Smallish portion, and fairly uninspiring for a fungi fanatic such as myself, but again nothing actually problematic.

Bacon: Reasonable serving, nothing to write home about

Chips: A good sized portion, not distinguishably under-cooked but somewhat anaemic and not particularly flavoursome

Toast: Two rounds, halved and buttered.  Just about warm, rather dry.

Not much more to be said really.  I was expecting rather better given the fantastic array of delicious looking cooked lunch options they serve up pleasantly and efficiently to an invariably full house – but it just goes to show that you can’t judge a caff by its lunch.

If there had been even any one element of the breakfast that stood out, I might have come back again – there’s a lot, for instance, that I would forgive for the sake of a spectacular sausage, or for an exemplary egg.   That said, I don’t want to be unfair – there was nothing fundamentally wrong with the breakfast (other than the aforementioned hash brown incident), it was served up very promptly and it’s quite nice to be somewhere that’s tucked a little out of the morning hustle and bustle.  But I won’t be rushing back.

A breakfast Rendezvous

Monday, October 11th, 2010

This month’s breakfast is going back to the basics – a greasy spoon caff and which offers a full English breakfast with all the trimmings for four quid.  Plus this place has a whole vast array of other breakfasting options from croissants to baguettes.

It’s tucked away in a back street, as all the best places ought to be – it’s not an actual road, more of any alleyway behind the bank, between Victoria Street and Caxton Street.  If you head down Caxton Street (which is alongside Broadway Post Office & opposite Scotland Yard, the alleyway will be on your left – and you’ll see a Greggs and a card shop and a few other things down there.  A dodgy photo I pulled off the web is provided, and a map showing the approximate location (even though Streetmap doesn’t actually have the street shown on it ..)


Breakfasting venue: Rendezvous Cafe

Date of Breakfasting: Wednesday 13th October

Time: 7:30am – 8:30am … drop in whenever!

Nearest tube is:  St. James’ Park

Location: 29-31 Palmer Street, SW1H 0PH


The breakfast Table

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

So, you may have noticed that updating has been even more sporadic than is usual of late.  That’s what a wedding and a job change will do for you. Nevertheless, those long winter nights are on their way back and Breakfast must go on!

The Table Cafe offered sumptuous fare and minimalist furniture – which is certainly a far better offer than the other way round.  However it does give  somewhat of a Wagamama feel to it.  Which is a slightly peculiar feeling to be having at breakfast time.

The Table

There’s also no “full breakfast” option to be seen, I think it’s maybe trying to pitch itself as being above and beyond the whole ‘caff’ experience, which is a bit of a pity.   Still, you can more or less piece together a ‘full english’ from the various items on offer – so that’s what I did.  Double egg on toast, with sausage and a grilled field mushroom.

The toast was satisfyingly chunky and the eggs well done, and the mushroom was satisfyingly delicious.  However I do have one small bone to pick about the sausages.   Everything here is done nice and stylishly, which includes doing that funny thing where they cut the sausages in half lengthways before they cook them.  No particular problem so far.  However, giving you three half sausages seems ever so slightly perverse.

These  may well be times of austerity and 25% cuts … but giving three halves just kinda rubs it in your face – “Yeah, we’ve got two sausages here .. but we’re going to give half of one of them to someone else, OK?”

Actually, if I’m paying £2.50 for “sausages” I think you can afford to give me a full two.  Not to mention the etymological debate to be had over whether ‘sausage and half’ justifies the use of the plural on the menu.

Bacon sarnie opposite; double egg on toast with 'sausage and a half' near side

That aside, there are other reasons to like the Table.  The toasted banana bread was both unusual and tasty.  The bacon sarnie could never be accused of leaving you short of morning sustenance.  The coffee was excellent and, following the general theme, was not served in delicate proportions.  A tempting array of mueslis, granolas, porridge and pastries sits alluringly on the breakfast buffet bar.

Banana bread

Overall, a good breakfasting experience – let down a little by unecessary sausage stinginess.   It was also  a relatively expensive experience – and in the grand scheme of upmarket breakfasts that we’ve reviewed recently, you’ll definitely get a better deal if you book in at Roast or Cinnamon Club on the 2 for 1 deal.  Nevertheless, if you don’t mind forking out you can get a decent start to the day at The Table Cafe.

September breakfast

Monday, September 6th, 2010

Breakfasting venue: The Table Cafe

Date of Breakfasting: Wednesday 8th September

Time: 7:30am – 8:30am … drop in whenever!

Nearest tube is: Southwark/London Bridge

Location: 83 Southwark Street, SE1 0HX


also needs words

Friday, August 27th, 2010

Toast at Roast

Monday, August 9th, 2010

short notice I know (though it has been warned of previously) but the next breakfast will be at Roast in Borough Market this Wednesday from 7:30ish

more info about the place itself, including where it is (just round the corner from London Bridge station) can be found here

and the all important menu here

by the look of things, as we’ll be there on a Wednesday, the daily special will be Griddled sirloin steak, baked tomato and fried egg, which sounds quite nice; personally though I will almost certainly be ordering the Borough Breakfast


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Friday, July 23rd, 2010

but pictures will have to do for the moment




breakfast on the breadline

Thursday, July 8th, 2010


July’s breakfast will be at the Breadline Sandwich Bar just over the road from Charing Cross Station (and next to the Pizza Express on the corner)

Now a quick heads up on next month, which we’re thinking of doing at Roast near London Bridge; it’s another one of these proper restaurant affairs so we may have to book and as such need an idea of numbers so if you’re planning to come please let us know (it will be on 11th August) cheers

Breakfasting venue: Breadline Sandwich Bar

Date of Breakfasting: Wednesday 14th July

Time: 7:30am – 8:30am … drop in whenever!

Nearest tube is: Charing Cross

Location: 4 Duncannon Street, WC2N 4JF

Join the Posini posse

Monday, June 7th, 2010


Breakfasting venue:  Cafe Posini

Date of Breakfasting: Wednesday 9th June

Time: 7:30am – 8:30am … drop in whenever!

Nearest tube is: Oxford Circus

Location: 29 Poland Street, London, W1F 8QR

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A spicy start

Monday, June 7th, 2010

The Cinnamon Club promises much – and delivers in style.  The cheapest breakfast in town it certainly isn’t, but you get a great atmosphere, a good breakfast and a unique menu – there won’t be many other places you can get a kedgeree, uttapam,  a full English and a Continental breakfast all on the same sheet.

The one thing you cannot argue with at the Cinnamon Club is presentation.  There’s simply no denying that a kedgeree such as this is a thing of beauty and as much a delight to the eyes as to the lips.

The full English has the distinction of a not only being firmly centred around a chunky, flavoursome sausage of the sort that makes Walls executives weep quietly in the night, but also of featuring both black and white puddings.  It has to be said that the tomato is the let-down here, not quite cooked enough to bring the full flavour out.

Also, it was a little disappointing to only get a section of mushroom.  Could they really not throw in a whole mushroom? Really? However, it does fit in to the overall theme of ‘quality, not quantity’ that resonated through.  Toast was similarly superb, but likewise in short supply.

Orange juice was good, but slightly bitterer than expected – perhaps a dash of grapefuit mixed in there?   One disappointment was that with larger bookings (over 6), only a reduced breakfast menu is provided meaning that Uttapam and the Bombay curried egg were not available.   Is it cheating to say that I went back the next week and tried the Uttapam?  Perhaps – but I did, and it was delicious with a fantastically tangy chutney to complement the rice and vegetable pancake … and the little dish of lentil broth that comes with it is heavenly.

So … price.  It won’t amaze you to know that the Cinnamon Club is not a cheap eat.   But for what you get, I would say it’s pretty decent as long as you know what you’re letting yourself in for.   And, of course … check on to see if you can grab yourself the Buy One, Get One Free breakfast deal.  You won’t regret it!  (Our tab came to about £8 each, with all the coffees and juices and a service charge included)