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August Breakfast

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

Breakfasting venue: The Mercer

Date of breakfasting: 14 August 2013

Location: 34 Threadneedle Street, London

Nearest Tube is: Bank

Slightly stale

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

The shiny exterior and glossy fittings at Bread Street Kitchen, along with the prominently displayed “Gordon Ramsay” brand, may lead you to think, as we did, that once inside you will be presented with a breakfast that would stand shoulder to shoulder with the best that the Square Mile has to offer.

Sadly, this expectation not quite met by the eating experience.  It’s not that anything is outstandingly wrong – but there’s simply nothing to make this stand out from the crowd of extraordinarily good breakfasts available in the area … or indeed from the even more numerous “quite good” offerings.

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Of course, there is much to be said for a good, simple breakfast menu dished up to decent standards.   Only when you pay the sort of price that Bread Street are wanting, along with the (fairly) obligatory service charge then it is within rights really to expect something to demonstrate why exactly it is you’re paying over the odds, other than just to admire the charming modernity of the furniture.

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A sausage placed unceremoniously between two bits of wholegrain toast is by no means something worth leaving your bed for, let alone forking out six quid plus service.  I’m afraid much more gastronomic bang for the buck is needed if Bread Street is going to convince anyone that they have opened for breakfast for any other reason than just to soak up some cash on strength of the Ramsay name plonked on top of a humdrum menu delivered without any frills.

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Verdict:  Nice – but not for this price.  Don’t bother.