Archive for October, 2010

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 ..)

Rendezvous

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

Rendezvous-map

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.