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
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 www.toptable.co.uk 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)