This won't be a shocker if you've read the other reviews.
Cosy yet light and welcoming, this Breakfast Club is such a lovely place to catch up with your nearest and dearest.
I went for the cheese burger which was delish. The cocktails are a fiver during a happy hour. I ordered a dark'n'stormy (my favourite drink of all time) with little expectation. By golly was it good. May have been the best dark'n'stormy I have ever laid my lips on.
Recently went here for brunch with a chum of mine and I must say straight off that the food was faultless. I went for the 'When Halloumi met Salad wrap' which was divine. A more than generous amount of halloumi served in a wrap along with greenery, vine tomatoes and hummus. Honestly, I cannot fault it. My friend had the All-American breakfast and as his plate went back empty I can assume his food was excellent too.
You may be wondering why I have only given the place three stars if the food was so wonderful. Well, I shall explain. The Breakfast Club has quite the reputation these days for being the go to place for lunch, and after tasting the scrumptious offerings it is easy to see why. However, knowing how popular it is, I would have expected a slightly more alert staff on a Sunday morning. Our drink orders were requested as we sat down and before we had even been given a menu to glance at, but once ordered these then took 15 minutes to materialise.
It was then impossible to flag down a member of staff to try and get a refill so I left feeling rather quite parched and trying to request the bill took another 20 minutes, though in fairness, when the bill was taken the change was delivered most promptly.
It is also not the place I'd go if I wanted a good catch up. There is a great communal feel to the venue, with everyone sitting together on large tables. This does, however, mean that it can get a bit noisy and lack a sense of intimacy.
All in all, I did have a great meal. The only reason I'm not giving The Breakfast Club a better score is that though a poorer service is understandable on a busy Sunday morning, due to the awareness of the popularity of the establishment I do not think it is excusable.
Please don't let this put you off though, as I would definitely recommend.
Yelp doesn't really need another review for the breakfast club...but they fed me and brought me back to life when I was very hungover and in desperately need of tea...so they really deserve my four stars!
I rocked up here with the surviving girls on the morning after my hen party. I didn't really have much voice after the madness of karaoke and drinking the previous evening...but this breakfast made me sufficiently full of energy to make it home to my kitten, fiancée and recovery cuddles. Phew.
- The décor and ambience - the loo wallpaper is awesome!
- My yummy eggs with chorizo (I have no idea what it was called, but it made me happy)
- Tea in smiling mugs
- One of the waiters took a photo of us all...he turned the camera around and took a photo with himself in...plus another waitress ran across the room to photo-bomb it. I approve of slightly-crazy, friendly staff.
I didn't like:
- My first tea came in a mug with lipstick mark (I wasn't wearing lipstick so it was obviously not washed- *gross*!)
- The line as we left was huuuge.
So yay! I like this place, and I'd come back if I am ever in the area early...but I don't think I like it enough to queue if I arrive later in the day.
Absolutely beautiful food!!
I got the American breakfast which was beautiful!! I will be back, soon!!
Only downside is the drinks are a little pricey for me but then again we're in London so they're about right!!
Having just moved over to Switzerland, it's been a while since I've had a solid brunch. This place delivered that delicious moment! The breakfast burrito was fabulous and the Bloody Mary was exactly what I wished it to be.
Go early because a queue starts accumulating after 10am on the weekend.
One of the.places that i believe has earned it's fame as a good brunch restaurant.... After all that's what they are popular for...... Extensive menu with options between eggs, sandwiches and veggie plates with amazing smoothies or coffee or the classic morning drink of every respected alcoholic..... Bloody Mary
Go there for:
The nice menu and reasonable prices
The great service
Don't go there for:
The pancakes. Really, don't. They're hard, chewy and not fluffy.
Great experience overall, but - You'll be disappointed if you're a pancake fan. Otherwise would have given it 5 stars.
They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day -- and The Breakfast Club is the perfect excuse to eat it all day long.
The fairly extensive menu has a homemade-by-an-American-mum kind of freshness and flavor. Options range from sweet (fresh fruit, cinnamon and sugar) to savory (bacon, veggies, cheese, and eggs). And if you plan on eating your breakfast for dinner, there are a few alcoholic drink options to choose from.
The interior has a Shoreditch feel to it: vintage decor hanging from the walls and ceiling, plus a mix of patterns, fabrics, and seating types. I've never had trouble finding a seat, even with a small group.
The combination of creative decor and delicious, hearty food makes The Breakfast Club a winner.
Brunch all day long! Bring your appetite and your friends. Great atmosphere, fun, kitschy. Menu is extensive, you could literally eat a different (and I'm sure delicious) meal every day for weeks. Had the Veggie All American - was not disappointed. Caramel latte was perfect. The little bit of pickle juice in the Bloody Mary was perfect. :-)
Definitely try this place once for brunch.
The Breakfast Club is a Brain, an Athlete, a Basket Case... Wait, wrong Breakfast Club.
So this Breakfast Club happens to be an American style diner filled with, you guessed it, breakfast items. They do a classic mix of both English and American morning meals and the atmosphere is light, funky, fun.
I've actually been to a few other Breakfast Clubs around London (ah the joys of small local chains) and to be honest, they've never wowed me. The service was only OK at best and the food was semi-uninspired. But this one in Hoxton Square? This one I actually like.
I'm not sure what the real difference is. The food isn't more amazing, it's down the line, OK. Nothing horrible, but nothing amazing either. I got the All American, which is your classic American breakfast (pancakes, sausage, niiiiiice thick streaky bacon, and so on) while my girlfriend got the Full Monty, your classic English Breakfast (the beans and the toast and so on.) Both hot, filling and basic. A nice breakfast but nothing I'd come hours out of the way for.
However, the atmosphere in this spot is just fantastic. Warm, filled with energy, a great crowd of people and a staff who feels like they want to be there (even if they don't on a Sunday morning dealing with the massively hungover.) There are board games to play, couches to sit on, fun posters on the wall. It's night and day when compared with, say, the Liverpool Street Breakfast Club, which always felt a little bland to me. This one does it right.
Also there is ALWAYS a line, but it moves quickly, especially if you're a party of two. Happy eats!
when you find a restaurant where the WiFi password is MorningGlory you know you're in the right place!
Best sausages in Hoxton
Every time I'm around Hoxton Square, most of the restaurants are too crowded and have 45 minute wait times. And what true Londoner has a full three-quarts of their precious hour to spend waiting around for a seat in a diner?
Yet, I've never failed to find a seat in The Breakfast Club at Shoreditch/Hoxton. Unlike it's sister venue at Liverpool Street (which usually has a waiting line going down the street), I've never seen this restaurant quite so packed out. The restaurant staff are friendly, and will generally go out of their way to make sure you have a good dining experience.
On our visit, we arrived shortly before 5pm (when their day menu changes to their evening menu), and we were given the wrong menu. After having to compensate for a couple of things in our late, late breakfast (who doesn't want Mexican refried beans in lieu of baked beans?), our waitress was very apologetic. In the end, she struck off the jug of fruit smoothie from our bill - Result!
The full English breakfast is about as good as a breakfast usually is, without all the ingredients being ridiculously sourced from exotic animals. All the trimmings were on the plate, and a lovely evening breakfast was had.
Also, the Americans-style pancakes are definitely recommended. Ask for extra maple syrup.. because there's no such thing as too much maple syrup. Yum!
My partner and I actually went to check out the monster supply shop in Hoxton on a Sunday, found it was shut, wandered around and found The Breakfast Club and remembered a friend of ours recommended it.
We had to wait outside for half an hour or so (queueing), but after walking past and smelling the amazing smell of BREAKFAST we were loath to leave and go elsewhere. It was lovely though as the staff kept coming out to apologise to the queue and provide little complimentary hot drinks of mint or ginger for us cold folk!
Once inside, we were overwhelmed with breakfast choice. You can actually see into the kitchen and the chefs hard at work and I was amazed at the quality and quantity of food appearing - huge portions presented really well! Of course not in a fancy presentation but rather food piled high, looking delicious and crying out to be eaten!
We went for a pitcher of orange juice between us (fresh orange juice, arrived a shiny metal pitcher with lots of ice) which worked out an amazing deal, I think we managed to have 3 or 4 glasses each from this - in fact we even had some left over which we gifted to the people sat next to us so they got some free orange juice and the staff even brought them over glasses with ice to enjoy the juice, no complaints from the staff!
The food was as good as it looked, absolutely perfect. I have attached photographs as well so please do check them out! The staff were lovely and polite, people were not rushed out and there were even board games being played over breakfasts. Really want to go back here.
The reason for 4 out of 5 stars is simply the wait to get seated, or in the cold time we visited, the wait to get INSIDE. I don't know how it'd be possible to fix this as it was pretty packed of seats but if you are in a rush this isn't the place for you. But do make time to come and enjoy breakfast here, whatever time of day!
As a warning too, Wi-Fi is FREE but not in use at the weekend.
What can I say about this place that you haven't heard already? I wanted to go for some time and it did not disappoint me at all!
We went there at breakfast time and we did not have to queue (yeah, lucky us). As you might know, the place is really easygoing and trendy. We got a nice table with a really cute tablecloth (full of sunflowers!). We took a look at the menu and Mamma Mia! It was like heaven! I did not know what to choose so I opted for one of my favourite breakfast dishes: Eggs Benedict. Yummi x100! The sauce was AMAZING and the little muffins underneath so fluffy and delicious. We ordered home-fries on the side (of course). We also got pancakes and Homemade yogurt with fruit and mint (really refreshing). We needed a healthier option after all these comfort food. The pancakes were to-die-for; with some kind of Vanilla cream on top.
The coffees were really good as well, specially Cappuccino. Can't wait to come back again!
I am not sure how anyone would give The Breakfast Club less than 5 stars. I studied abroad in London for 6 months and I lived around the corner from this magical place. It has the BEST breakfast food I have ever had. I am pretty sure I went to it at least 10+ times. I brought family and friends and everyone loved it. Their eggs benedict and French toast with bananas and bacon are to die for. Not only does the food come out beautifully but the decor inside is amazing. Every chair is different, the decorations have a diner feel but an urban look. I absolutely love The Breakfast Club and if you are in London and do not go to it, that is a shame.
And so I find myself at the Breakfast Club, Shoreditch again. It's our default breakfast meeting place when we can't think of anything new. I guess that's because it's mostly reliably good. This morning I'm having the huevos rancheros, which are as good as I've had in London. My other regular choices are the avocado with poach eggs, bacon and chilli and the scrambled eggs and smoked salmon, which are also pretty consistent. I used to go for the full breakfast, but found it a little dull in comparison. My colleagues enjoy the bircher muesli, but I've never tried it.
The service here can be a bit erratic, as they seem to value hiring staff based on how hipster they are instead of how good they are at waiting tables, but it's usually good enough.
We normally come weekday early morning, and so never have to queue to get in, but I'd imagine this is a different story for weekend brunch, if the queue at the Islington branch is anything to go by.
If you have an appetite for breakfast, this place has no equal.
Gigantic portions, the ability to customise dishes to your liking (within reason) and friendly staff make this place a pleasure when you can hardly open your eyes or see what you're ordering at 8am in the morning.
A nice touch are changes to the menu for events like pancake day or christmas. Suddenly you get red pancakes with egg and bacon stacked high. And challenges that accompany that. Like finishing 20 pieces of pancake to get your meal free. Christmas is even better with Christmas Sandwiches and Full Dinners in the Breakfast club style, which is oft. More Bacon makes a Better Meal.
Once you've discovered this place, it's the place you'll feel like you're cheating on whenever you go elsewhere.
I don't get it....
I kept hearing about this place from a few people I had to try it. Now, I don't know if it's cause I'm American and I know what real American food is like but this place was just OFF. I just feel bad for the Brits that think this is an American Kitchen Restaurant. Here's the lowdown:
Food: Mediocre (at best)
Customer service: What customer service?!...inexistent. Who the f* hires the staff in this joint? Seriously?! We get it, you don't work for tips honey but lighten up and need to have attitude or be rude!
Atmosphere: eh! let's just say boring so I finish this off and go do something fun....like laundry....you get the picture.
It's a no for me.
Very helpful lady at the door helped us get a nice table for 5 during a very busy lunch (on a Monday, so this place must be popular). We were very happy to be tucked away in the back/side room so we could talk although ironically they then put some music on really loud (turned it down on our request though). Warning about this side room - the most comfortable looking chair may turn out to be something you feel you will be trapped and tortured in forever. Go round to the far side.
Drinks a bit slow both with ordering and subsequent arrival but the food came fairly swiftly and made everyone very happy. I tried both cow & pig burger and the beef chilli cheese (SPLITTING obviously, I am not a total pie) and overall preferred the latter although basically loved both. My friend got buffalo wings which are technically a starter but the portion is massive, and also delicious, so I finished them (oh wait, I am a total pie). I want to go back so I can try the burrito, and/or the mac & cheese options.
NB this is not an everyday office lunch place - main with a drink will be over £10.
I came twice while on holiday in London (and staying in Hoxton). Once for a late nite snack and once for breakfast. Food and service were excellent both times. But I thought L14 was pricey for breakfast. The apple juice was L4! (it's fresh pressed). The late nite snack was pancakes and berries, which I enjoyed. Would go back, but only to snack.
The Moroccan Chicken salad with tasziki, bulgur, red peppers was excellent, though I thought it'd have more lettuce and less grains. Very well prepared.
Service was great! Though it was dinner, the true test would be breakfast, as the name would indicate. Let me in the club!
Bloody Mary was a treat, and no wait on a Wednesday night for dinner. Another story on weekend mornings! I can see the que from my flat and avoid it. Someday, someday -- those pancakes need me.
I really don't understand the 2 star reviews from other Americans...
Granted, I've only been to the Hoxton location, but I've always liked my food here. Sure, in America it would be average, but when you're craving real maple syrup, there are only so many places you can go.
My favourite dishes are:
-eggs on toast with 3 tomato jam
-pancakes with berries (don't order if you don't like sweet, but I love this. It is basically a short stack of pancakes with a huge plop of vanilla whipped cream, berries, and maple syrup on the side. I actively crave this dish.
The bacon is not QUITE exactly American bacon, but it is crispy and as close as I've found in London.
Don't come on a weekend though (or come early), if it can be helped. Huge lines make it not worth it. Its good, but it isn't 'queue for a long time' good.
Definitely the most emblematic brunch place in London. Cool atmosphere and juices. The breakfast burrito is amazing. Only thing is that they don't take bookings so you better go early to evict the queue. Or treat yourself with a breakfast dinner in the evening where it is less busy!
We were seated right away and the service was great. We ordered the scrambled eggs with smoked salmon, the juevos benny and the Greek yogurt with berries. The food rocked, the yogurt was huge and they had all of their juices (not out experience at the Spitalfields location). We ordered the beet one and the carrot/ginger/oj one. Both were delicious!
Today was my first visit to the breakfast club and i was impressed, I only had a sausage butty and it was delightful. Just what i needed before a meeting!
Only problem i have and the reason this is a 4 star review was because the guy that served us was very slow.
I'm really just so confused by The Breakfast Club. Are we London expats just so excited by the prospect of an American-ish breakfast that we're all turning a blind eye to the fact that the food is actually pretty crummy here?
I got the All-American, excited by the appearance of what looked to be a "real" American pancake on a neighbor's plate. I will say this for the positives: my eggs were really well poached, the sausage was tasty, and there was a rather generous portion of streaky bacon on my plate. That being said, the streaky bacon was somehow not very flavorful... so I ended up dragging a lot of it through some HP sauce. And the potatoes were bland and desperately lacking in crispiness of any sort.
But the criminal offender on my plate were those pancakes. They looked so promising. They were dense. Soooooo dense. Look, I'm a horrific cook. I have no shame in admitting that. But there are a couple things I do well and fluffy, light pancakes are one of them. Guess what... they're not hard to make if a crappy cook such as myself can do it. I basically had a giant pancakey brick in my stomach for the majority of the day.
There were other food faux-pas, but Grant pretty much said it all. The worst (aside from the pancakes) for me was the inconsumable Bloody Mary, which I just left unfinished.
I will say that service was nice. Super nice. But frankly, the most enjoyable thing about the meal was sitting at the table, brainstorming variations of "Don't You Forget About Me" for the beginning of Grant's review.
I've been here a fair few times and until my most recent visit, I left a bit hungry and unsatisfied. They would give the tiniest thimbleful of maple syrup to go with my all-american breakfast and refused to make any substitutions at weekend (I'm not a fan of eating eggs by themselves and prefer mushrooms, yes I'm weird so what?).
On my last visit though - WOW:
They allow ONE substitution - fine by me.
They gave us a whole bottle of maple syrup so my food could drown in the stuff should I want.
I got about 10 rashers of crispy streaky bacon - more than I could eat.
It was huge and great value for money, also the queues are far smaller than those at the Angel one considering we were there reasonably late on a Saturday morning.
I was stuffed and extremely satisfied. Well done Breakfast club, nice job.
The line to get in for a Saturday brunch wasn't as bad as I thought (20 minutes to get a table for 4); service was at the right pace and friendly. The place was bustling but the noise level was still ok to catch up with friends. Good coffee and laid back quirky decor (kudos for the retro bathroom and exposed kitchen).
I wasn't a fan of my Chorizo Hash Browns (a bit heavy on the greasy chorizo) but the other dishes on the table (Half Monty, Huevos Al Benny, and The All American Pancakes) were very tasty, so a very nice lazy brunch among friends experience.
Best brunch ever!
Woh, that's was so a full meal (bu so cool too) that we had to ride on bike every London's road after it (even after a huge saturday night, the force came)...
Seriously, 20 minutes to wait on Sunday morning totally worth it!
I discovered how to eat my potatoes with maple syrup and now, every food-time it is, I need to get my maple syrup with it!
Surely, a lot of people are in here, but what can you do? So, obviously the service will be slower, but it's just a victim of its own success!
It's one of the great places which makes me miss London so hard!
A friendly non pretentious place to eat. A Goats cheese/sweet potatoe veggie pie with mash and beans was hearty, tasty and actually not too dear. Washed down with a very decent Rose.
The world's smallest disco in the toilets made me laugh!
"Don't queue... Forget about me."
This should be the theme song for this restaurant with the same name as the quintessential John Hughes movies from the 80's. When I arrived, I thought I would be having an experience similar to Allison: kooky, sexy and fun. What I received was more like Brian: plain, boring and trying way too hard to fit in.
There was a queue when we arrived and it only took us about a half an hour to get in, so it wasn't bad, but I did overhear someone mention that she didn't understand why there was a queue because there was plenty of seating inside. (Maybe that's why it went so fast.)
When we got in and seated, we were at the center shared table. I'm down with that sort of dining. The decor was very eclectic in that wanna-be hipster sort of way. Trying way too hard to look like they're not trying at all.
We started with Bloody Marys and ordered four meals (there were three of us, but ever since I was introduced to "table waffle" by some friends, I'm always doing it at brunch now): The Full Monty (a full English), The All-American, Huevos ala Benny and Banana and Bacon French Toast. The Bloody Marys were absolutely terrible. We drank them quickly so we could move on to Prosecco and orange juice.
The Full Monty: Your standard English breakfast. Except almost everything was sub-standard. The black pudding was dry and thick and not at all delicious. Of the two poached eggs, one was slightly overcooked and the other was completely overcooked. The bacon was hard and chewy and not at all good. The toast had no butter so was dry and gross. The mushrooms and potatoes were alright, nothing special. The only good thing on the plate was the sausage (which they probably don't make themselves).
The All-American: Dry, overcooked and rubbery pancakes. I'm not a chef, I'm probably your better-than-average home cook. I definitely make better pancakes. What a disappointment. I saw a sign for Pancake Tuesday saying eat 12 in 20 minutes. I wouldn't want to eat one of their pancakes in 20 minutes let alone 12 of them. At least the poached eggs on this plate were cooked right.
The Huevos: This was the only good plate of food. Everything was actually quite tasty. One of the poached eggs was slightly overcooked, but the other was perfect. I felt bad because this was my meal, and I was probably the only one of the three of us who enjoyed it.
The French Toast: If by now you're still thinking about coming here (which I highly recommend NOT doing), do not order the french toast. It was by far the worst french toast I've eaten. The bread was BARELY dragged through the egg wash which left the inside rock hard and chewy. Very tough and no flavor. To soften it up, I poured on twice as much maple syrup. It made it edible. It made me sad. I made french toast at home and it was insanely better than what they try to pass off as french toast here. The bananas were just chopped up and thrown on top (it would have been nice for a bit of caramelization to bring out some of the banana flavor, but no they were just cold chopped up bananas.) The bacon was all right, and there was lots of it.
A note on the home fried potatoes. I liked them. Neither of my dining partners did. They both complained that they needed more flavor and needed to be crispier.
I was surprised at how quickly the meal came out. The kitchen really cranks out the food. However, I think I would rather have them make GOOD food instead of FAST food. When I go out, I expect to be eating food that I either can't make at home. If I can make it at home, I expect a restaurant to do a better job. I could pretty much whip up any of these dishes at home (and far better). Probably because I actually would be putting the time in to try to make it good instead of whatever the chefs here think they're doing.
The straw that broke the camel's back was the orange juice we got to make Mimosas (that's Buck's Fizz to you Brits) out of the Prosecco. When it arrived, it was full of ice. Really? No one wants ice in their juice. Especially if you're using it to add to bubbly alcohol. I'm already diluting it, I don't want to have ice floating around in my bubbly. It's just plain wrong.
At least the service was reasonable. Friendly faces abound.
Which is pretty much my opinion of The Breakfast Club. Plain wrong. Good in concept but very poor in execution. By the time we were ready to leave, there was still a queue outside. And a slightly empty looking restaurant. It seems that they keep a queue outside for the hype instead of letting people sit down. And they need the hype because the food is pretty terrible. But we all know that Brits love to queue and the sheer act of queuing seems to make things better. Not for me, and I will not be coming back.
Wow. What an amazing breakfast sandwich. I got the well posh (meaning a fried egg was added to it) along with sausages, cheese and a caramelized onion chutney.
The service is great and it's reasonably priced.
Three words: The Full Monty.
Want more? How about bacon, sausage, black pudding, eggs, hash browns, mushrooms, beans, grilled tomato and toast?
The Full Monty is the best full English breakfast I've had in London as yet. Only the heartiest of eaters will be able to lick this plate clean and if you can stomach the black pudding I'm impressed!
I once had a guy tell me that the World's smallest disco was in his pants (which sadly, turned out to be the case...) so you can only imagine the confusion when I was told that in actual fact, the World's smallest disco is in the Breakfast Club's toilets.
This time, I wasn't disappointed. Fraggle Rock? More like Fraggle Rock 'n roll... ...see what I did there? (Nice one Laura. Real nice.)
Turns out, the goodness doesn't just stop at the potty, but extends to the food as well, which is much less awkward when it's not typed in the same sentence, I promise. Like the other BC branches, the food is a pleasant blend of Brit meets Americana, with ample options from both sides of the pond.
It's remarkably tough to get breakfast right, but these guys make it look easier than Claire Standish on Prom night.
They've been open a week and I've eaten breakfast here twice...so keep that in mind as you read this review - I'll try to restrain myself.
Now that THAT is out of my system I can tell you that this is a wonderful, joyous place that's full of life and energy and fun people and good food. I've been greeted by gracious staff each time I've been in (including the twin sister of one of the servers at the BC-Soho...wtf?) which makes me happy.
What makes me happier is that the cook is right there for everybody to see and that the smoke from his efforts make his area smell like bacon. I love my bacon and this place delivers the goods. The menu is far larger than the Soho location and I plan on trying everything on it eventually. They also don't shy away from giving you all the food you could possibly want; so there's a high probability that a heart attack will get in the way of accomplishing all of my goals.
Sure "Mei L." (if that IS your real name) loved the bathrooms, but I was taken by the Disco anteroom - painted black with a innocently spinning mirror ball hanging from the ceiling. Disco party! I'll bring the illicit substances if you bring a lack of inhibition...and bacon.
Wow, this place exceeded all safety limits on congregation of hipsters. But I can understand why - this is a fantabulous breakfast. On a low-carb thing, I had to bypass the amazing looking Banana French Toast with Bacon and some awesome smoothie mixes.
Instead, I went with the Eggs Royale, a split English Muffin (which I skipped) with two poached eggs on top of a solid portion of smoked salmon, which in turn was topped with a good portion of hollandaise (see picture). Great latte in a huge cup. Perfect!
Really neat decorations in this place. First, there aren't any two tables that match. And the chairs are a weird combination of just about everything possible Completely randomized. Stuff on the wall is like that "vintage" decor you find in some American theme restaurants, but this stuff seems like it's real and not fake.
Wi-fi is protected, but I found the password was "gettingjiggywithit".
Note that the place gets very very busy as the morning progresses. The queue looks like it could go an hour and they will split tables.
Phrases to sum this place up:
Its very cute regarding the decor, the menu is good too and suitably amercian, but its wayyy too expensive. The service is average and it was full of tourists who had 'heard about it'. Also a little bit crowded and pokey. Give me brunch upstairs at Bardens Boudoir next to my house - fresh oj, a latte, and french toast with cinnamon apples, maple syrup and cream for under £8 any day!
One of the best breakfasts I've ever had. This is what I consider diner food without the heartburn. This place was so good I went bofe days I was in London, that's right bofe. I was walking around on Easter Sunday starving like a whore in church. Everything in sight was closed, kept walking and out of the corner of my eye saw a sign that read "Breakfast Club." So I did what any lost Angeleno would do and cut right to the front of the line and told the girl with the perky fun bags I need to grub as bad as she needed dental work. I made my way to the back of the restaurant and noticed there was more talent here than my last family reunion.
I sat down, ordered a bloody mary to get things going (they add chopped cucumbers which is cool) and then ordered the chorizo, eggs and potato dish. On freakin point! The food was not only hearty and good but it wasn't greasy as you would come to expect. The menu can be considered to be very Americanish probably because its loaded with pancake and omelet combos and other diner type items. They also have traditional English breakfast items but then again I'm no connoisseur. Either way I highly recommend you give this place a try if your looking to have a great meal in a trendy environment.
I have to say that the breakfasts here are really very good. They don't take reservations in the morning though, so sometimes you'll have to wait outside in the cold but once you get a table, you can enjoy trendy music and some of the best service I've had in the city.
The menu has everything from eggs, to beans, to bacon (if you want American bacon, i.e. crispy thin bacon, you must ask for "streaky bacon"). They also have black pudding, vegetarian sausage and a variety of smoothies plus sweet breakfasts like pancakes. The Breakfast Club is a good option for vegetarians because they have a lot of vegetarian meals indicated as such. Not so sure for vegans because most things will have eggs or some kind of milk.
This restaurant is in the heart of the trendy SOHO disrict of London but don't let that fool you. The service is just as friendly as if they were in a smaller location and really needed your business (at other places like this , that areoften packed, so you could think they might not care about an individual client but really, not the case here.) The waiter was attentive, always checking that we had enough juice, coffee, if we needed anything, if the meal was ok. Everything. The food is great. I had the eggs with streaky bacon and veggie sausage. The veggie sausage is made from tomatoes and mozza so takes some getting used to.
The one thing I'd say is that you should probably order tea here as the coffee was a little disappointing compared to the greatness of the overall meal. Not terrible, just a little bitter and less flavorful than I usually like. But drinkable.
All in all, I will keep this address for my next trip to London!
Not going to lie - I was initially disappointed when I walked in and Simple Minds' "Don't You Forget About Me" wasn't playing. And no one looked even remotely like Emilio Estevez or Molly Ringwald, which was a little surprising considering the large contingent of hipsters eating here. I quickly got over it though when I was told that I just HAD to go check out the bathroom (which I dutifully documented for you: yelp.com/biz_photos/ao-y…).
Great decor aside, the food here is pretty decent but not exactly "American style" as some reviews claim - we don't have bacon this good in the United States. Being afraid of what I'd heard about black pudding, I opted for the Half Monty. It was so filling I can't imagine what the Full Monty would have done to me. I mean I'm a pretty hearty eater, but even I have limits, you know?
In closing: Fraggle Rock wallpapered restrooms. Great bacon. Go.
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