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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
First place I ate in the UK. Located in a lively area, right around the corner from Alexander Fleming. No complaints, great food with quick and friendly service. Definitely plan on coming back soon.
Had a pulled pork burrito which was reasonably good - but never EVER offer a burrito on the menu without having chilli sauce on standby. Salsa inside burrito was purely tomato - I need some damn heat in my life!
I've just moved to Hoxton, and one of the first places on my list of "to do's" was Breakfast Club. I was pretty disappointed with what I got!
There was a short queue on a Sunday morning, staff were friendly and it moved pretty quickly so can't complain about that.
We ordered a variety of breakfasts, one having pancakes, another veggie burrito and I went for sausage and egg sandwich. I love chorizo so the idea of a chorizo in a butty excited me, but it wasn't great quality and even the egg was pretty over cooked! The veggie burrito was pretty tasteless. Pancakes were good, but from what I've heard they are meant to be the best pancakes in london and they are definitely not!
One very positive thing to say is that the staff are super helpful.
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!
Fab decor, fab service, and a delightful food-coma that will make you come back for another bacon high next week.
Do yourself a favor and get the... well, everything.
Love this place for many reasons. First, the food is solid. Excellent apple cinnamon French toast, real salads, and some other dietary staples for me. Second, the people here are nice and actually happy to help you...which is a pleasant change from most of Shoreditch. Third, the space is great. Lots of diverse seating. Giant front windows that open in the summer. Miniature arcade machine in the back. Classic cartoon wallpaper in the bathrooms. All in all just a great place.
This place has amazing service and excellent pancakes and waffles! You can get a fresh fruit smoothie, eggs, veggie options, what have you! So the food is great but what makes the breakfast club stand out for me is the attentiveness of the staff. As soon as you are out of juice or coffee, they come. Also, if you want to customize your meal (this instead of that, more sausage and no bacon, etc) they are more than happy to accommodate even the most pickey pallet! Deco is simple, like London's version of the diner. A must if you are in the neighborhood. There is sometimes a wait, but it's worth it!!
Loved loved loved this place. I had never been to this location, but was won over, even after the 30 minute wait.
Yes, arriving at 1pm, we waited about half an hour for our group of 5 to be seated. Considering there was a menu posted outside, we were ready with our orders right away. I dove in with a strawberry shake, huevos rancheros, and split a pancakes and berries with a friend. Huevos ranchers were delicious -- the only thing spicy was a sauce that was one side, but the rest of the place was superb -- tortilla with melted cheese in the middle, 2 fried eggs, sour cream, guacamole, beans and 2 sausages. YUM. And for something sweet -- pancakes with berries -- four panckaes served with just the right about of syrup and berries and a MOUNTAIN of cream. Needless to say, I was not very hungry by dinner time. I was still dreaming about my brunch at the Breakfast Club.
Not raving about the shake, as it wasn't anything special. I honestly might try a smoothie the next time.
All in all, a definite keeper.
Hmmm... how to start? Five stars? YES! Loved the decor, the menu, the staff, the crowd. All wonderful. We waited the line for about 15 minutes before a table came up and are super happy that we didn't give up and go elsewhere. We had our New Year's day brunch her (at, ahem, 3pm) & it was absolutely perfect. A casual, comfortable spot but the food was what really hit it out of the park. I chose eggs benedict while my partner enjoyed huevos rancheros (and we split sides of fruit and home fries). Everything was fresh, tasty, and beautifully presented.
The coffee is quite amazing as well!
If you can't tell - I highly recommend!
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.
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!
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.
If the food in London wasn't so damn good this place would get more stars. The fact this is the second branch I have visited also has affected my judgment. Yes the food is lovely, yes the smoothies make me dibble in the glass (never try mine if I offer!) but in this area there are possibly not better breakfast places but definitely better eateries!
It will soon be getting wifi and it's a nice lace for meetings but sorry Breakfast Club Hoxton, I love your mamma shop more.
Okay I have just realised this and I didn't include the toilet love - I've just added a star!
This just-South-of-Hoxton Square branch of the popular Soho breakfast spot/sandwich joint/free WiFi paradise opened last Wednesday and it's about to be my new favorite place in London. That is, as soon as they get the free WiFi installed next week.
Unlike the Soho outpost, which is adorable but smaller than than my ex-boyfriends...closet, this Breakfast Club is spacious, sunny, and oh so happily decorated. There are comfy leather couches, worn benches, picnic tables, kitschy wall decorations, enamel buckets full of condiments, surfboards, colorful lettering, and assorted antique-y chairs of all kinds. Most importantly, the bathrooms fill me with an overflowing abundance of joy that bubbles out of my pores and stretches a smile across my face.
You walk into the 'Bathrooms and World's Smallest Disco' to a revolving disco ball and four different stalls independently wallpapered with memories of my childhood. He-Man and Masters of the Universe. Ghostbusters. Fraggle Rock. Strawberry Shortcake. This place makes me feel like a five-year-old-dancing with adorable little monsters to the Fraggle Rock theme song.
Besides the toilets, the food is AWESOME (that's a bad switch in topics in one sentence). An excellent flat white, creamy and strong and perfect for an unnecessarily early morning. A delicious bacon bap/butty/bit of perfection is a soft white roll generously swabbed with butter and stuffed full of salty savory stupendous streaky bacon. My companion's BLT was another bite of blissfulness. Plus the people working there were incredibly friendly and chatty and about to be our new best friends when we show up there every day for free WiFi and our daily dose of bacon.
I came here with four friends on a saturday night. i didn't think it was the best experience in the world. firstly, when we walked in, we were initially ignored/not acknowledged, which i think is pretty shoddy. then when we were finally greeted, the girl made a really strange comment along the line of "a table for five without a reservation?!" when, for a saturday night, the place really wasn't busy AT ALL. in any case, she managed to procure us a table in about 2 seconds, so there didn't seem to be the need for the attitude.
our server was very uninterested and quite rude, throwing things down on the table, but you know what? you don't want to chat? fine...don't, i'm okay with that! i'm not going to penalise on stars for this review because of that because the service wasn't BAD, it just wasn't good.
we ordered food, and they brought out starters and main courses at the same time (and extremely quickly which obviously meant that the food wasn't being cooked to order and wasn't particularly warm either)...again, not great. i ordered a goats cheese salad, and i actually thought it was pretty tasteless, but i was hungry so i ate it, and it did the trick. my friends had burgers, fish cakes, and late late breakfasts between them, and were all fairly satisfied by what they got, but were definitely not blown away.
i've ate at the breakfast club in angel/islington, and i much prefer the quirkiness of it. i also think the breakfast club is really good for...breakfast! so stick to that, and i think you'll be happy.
i do enjoy the toilets in the tbc hoxton, however. the wall paper is very fun!
overall, a fairly underwhelming experience. it hasn't put me off coming back, but i certainly wouldn't go out of my way to come here again.
We had great pancakes with mixed berries covered in fresh whipped cream and drowned in syrup. Loved the side of sausage too. This was a great American style breakfast in a funky 80s themed restaurant. Waitstaff was amazingly friendly. The line started out the door on a Saturday morning by 10:00.
So I had a really cool memory of the breakfast club, from when Chris O. and Mei L. had dinner there, and we came and joined them after the Yelp GoGame (wasn't that an awesome 4th of July game!! - YeeHaw!!)
So, I'd already experienced the ubercool toilets disco, and tasted a few morsels of falafel and hummus. So we decided to come and check this place out for our staff lunch this Friday.
It was one 'bad' experience. From the staff being extremely busy on a Friday lunchtime, to just really terrible food, it wasn't pleasant. I'd ordered the wrap with spinach and halloumi cheese, and I'm sorry to say, it tasted terrible. The cheese was all clumped into one end of the wrap, whilst the falafel, spinach and roasted tomatoes were loosely on the other half, and eating it, either you got a mouthful of just two or three layers of cheese and wrap, or you would have to bite off the spinach, hummus and sundried tomatoes part.. The salad that accompanied it was poorly dressed (though I doubt it was dressed at all), and whilst it's great to have uber healthy sprouts on the salad, the lack of seasoning totally spoiled it.
The coleslaw was more watery than mayonnaisy, and the wrap appeared to be half soaked or drenched in it's own juices, I'm guessing.
Can't say I was terribly impressed with the green smoothie I ordered either, it was ok, but honestly, I've had way better.
The waitress that served us seemed to be permanently trying to keep busy, but wasn't taking any time to take care of us, the customers. It seems it was more important for her to clear tables off of empty tables, as the lunch hour was finishing, than to take our money and let us leave. We ended up making our way to the door, to pay by the entrance, and only then did she seem to take an interest in us.. probably hoping we might tip her for ignoring us, and giving us some terrible food.
The only saving grace, at this meal, was the nachos starters. With melted cheese, we took the veggie option with refried beans, and it had sour cream, and guacamole, and with that starter we were all just in heaven!! It was amazing and yummi, and next time if I ever dare go there again, I'll be relying on that dish alone to make sure I have something remotely edible and yummy.
I'm sure they have better dishes, and their service isn't always 'that' terrible.. but whatever you do, don't order that halloumi panini.. it's like chalk and cheese when you eat it, literally.. :(
Short enough wait, Fun and well-decorated atmosphere. I just couldn't help but dance in the world's tiniest Disco waiting for the powder room. I ordered the poached egg with avocado & chilies which would earn the extra star if I hadn't been wishing the extra handful of avocado hadn't been another egg. Avocado is fantastic except when served in a heaping mess as the main event.
Yes, it's pricey and just a once-in-awhile sort of thing. The Full Monty that my boyfriend had looked amazing but left him feeling like quite the Fully Monty. sidenote: The bacon is better in this country.
I had an Eggs Benedict and Bacon and banana french toast.
The Eggs Benedict was very tasty, definitely will hit that again.
The bacon banana french toast was not impressive at all. The bread was good, but maybe I had much better, fancier, tastier ones in Philly, I think I can make better ones.
Expect to queue on a good day. Their dining hall is big and the customers churn kinda fast.
I be back.
Rarely have I ordered an English breakfast I couldn't finish. In fact stuff rarely, once, at the Breakfast Club. This wasn't because it wasn't good, it was just because it was massive, overflowing, all encompassing and ridiculous.
Putting aside the world food shortages (which probably coincide with the expansion of this mini chain) the food is good but large. This was an English breakfast with a proper sausage, quality bacon, luxuriant black pudding, and all the rest. Much better than equivalents I regularly have at the Wolseley, Roast etc..
The decor is a bit like a new version of TGI Fridays but then TGI Fridays was once cool wasn't it?
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