19 LONDON RESTAURANTS EMBRACING BREAKFAST WEEK
Breakfast Week, organised by AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds, runs from 24-30 January 2016, so kick start that metabolism with some of the best breakfasts London has to offer…
1 OXBO Bankside, South Bank
OXBO Bankside is serving a full ‘Brinner’ menu for in honour of Breakfast Week. Head Chef Paul Bates will be rustling up dishes like gluten-free aubergine pancakes, crushed avocado, rocket and cherry tomatoes (£14), Worcestershire air-dried ham on sourdough with a fried duck egg (£15) and grilled lamb sausages, halloumi cheese and hummus served in warm pitta bread (£15). All dishes can be ordered as small or large and will be served alongside the regular a la carte menu. Try an OXBO special Bloody Mary too.
To book your ‘Brinner’ call 020 75933 900 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
2 Pollen Street Social, Mayfair
Pollen Street Social’s English Breakfast, declared one of Time Out’s top 20 dishes in London for the second year running, offers a grown up take on the British classic. It’s served with a beautiful wooden box, from which two pine-smoked pieces of quail are taken and placed on top of a flavourful wheat and barley ‘bowl of cereal’ risotto with wild mushrooms. The dish is accompanied by a sourdough ‘slice of toast’ topped with a rich quail terrine and a quail stock and lapsang souchong ‘cup of tea’. £17.50.
8-10 Pollen Street, Mayfair W1S 1NQ; 020 7290 7600; pollenstreetsocial.com
3 Plum + Spilt Milk, King’s Cross
Renowned for both healthy and indulgent breakfast dishes, Plum + Spilt Milk at the Great Northern Hotel in King’s Cross celebrates seasonality and local produce. Acclaimed chef Mark Sargeant creates beautifully presented dishes that include crushed avocado and tomatoes on sourdough bread, delicate buckwheat crepes with mango and a fresh fruit salad enhanced by lemongrass. Simple dishes exquisitely prepared.
King’s Cross St Pancras Station, Pancras Road N1C 4TB; 020 3388 0818; plumandspiltmilk.com
4 Sartoria, Savile Row
Savile Row’s Sartoria, which recently re-opened following a refurbishment, is now serving breakfast. Highlights are Francesco Mazzei’s Eggs Purgatorio (baked eggs, spicy tomato and n’duja sauce with crostoni), The Italian Job (roasted tomatoes, pancetta, grilled polenta, avocado, Tuscan sausage, fried egg) and Eggs Florentina (poached eggs on buttered spinach and cheese sauce). From the bar, guests will be able to choose from homemade granola, cereals and porridge as well as croissants and bread baskets with jams, spreads and honey.
20 Saville Row W1S 3PR; 020 7534 7000; sartoria-restaurant.co.uk
5 Arabica Bar & Kitchen, Borough Market
Arabica in Borough Market serves breakfast with a twist. The menu boasts a collection of traditional Middle Eastern dishes such shakshuka and medammas (spicy beans) with flatbread, as well as Levantine versions of English classics including za’atar man’ousheh with eggs or the ‘Arabica fry-up’ with grilled spicy Sujuk. Refreshing juices are made fresh to order, as well as traditional Turkish coffee brewed with green cardamom. Breakfast at Arabica is available on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 8.30am-11.30am.
3 Rochester Walk, Borough Market SE1 9AF; 020 3011 5151; arabicabarandkitchen.com
6 Good & Proper Tea, Shoreditch
Good & Proper Tea is running Breakfast Week offers including a Crump Madame with a breakfast brew (classic sourdough crumpet with mustard butter, ham and melted cheese, topped with a fried egg) and an Avocado Crumpet and a Matcha Latte (Rye Sourdough Crumpet with smashed avocado, cream cheese and lemon), both for £5. Open Monday-Friday from 8am-6pm and Saturday 10am-4pm, (closed Sunday).
Unit E, The Bower, Old Street EC1V 9NR; goodandpropertea.com
7 Chucs, Mayfair
To celebrate Breakfast Week, Chucs Dover Street in Mayfair is previewing a new signature dishes ahead of the opening of their second site in Westbourne Grove this February. The Cogurt, fresh coconut meat with banana, berries, quinoa and honey, is available at Dover Street for Breakfast Week only. The Dover Street menu offers a varied selection of lighter options, including Homemade Granola with Banana & Yoghurt, and, Muesli with Blackberries & Yoghurt, as well as hearty savoury dishes like Rye Toast, Spicy Avocado & Smoked Salmon, Eggs Benedict and omelettes. Breakfast served from 7.30am on weekdays, 9.30am on Saturdays and 11am on Sundays.
30b Dover Street, Mayfair W1S 4NB; chucsrestaurant.com
8 Les Deux Salons, West End
Les Deux Salons on William IV Street near the National Portrait Gallery boasts an array of French breakfast delights, including a selection of pastries and Madelines, French Toast with Seasonal Berries, quintessential Croque-Monsieur and a range of ‘oeuf’ dishes and healthy eating options such as an Anglais, Eggs Benedict and Granola with Yogurt and Honey. Breakfast at Les Deux Salons is served from 7.30am-12pm Monday to Friday and 9am-12.30pm Saturday and Sunday. Recently acquired by Prescott & Conran and extensively refurbished, Les Deux Salons features a French restaurant on the first floor, while the ground floor features an all-day café, bistro, bar, épicerie and cave à vin.
40-42 William IV Street WC2N 4DD; lesdeuxsalons.com
9 Albion, Shoreditch
Albion in Shoreditch has a menu focussing on long-established British recipes and ingredients with a focus on comfort food. Choices include Fried Duck Eggs on Toast, Omelette and Scrambled Egg and Smoked Salmon, as well as Rose Water Fruit Salad and Yogurt, plus a selection of pastries and danishes. Albion started life in Shoreditch in early 2009 as a cafe, bakery and shop, specialising in no-nonsense, modestly priced, seasonal British food. There are now several locations in London with talented chefs and a small grocery selling food, wine, and craft beer. Open from breakfast through to late supper.
2-4 Boundary Street, Shoreditch E2 7DD; albioncaff.co.uk
10 Bunnychow, Soho
Bunnychow in Soho, winner of Breakfast Week’s Most Innovative Breakfast in 2015, celebrates Breakfast Week 2016 with BOGOF on their Breakfast Bunnies. Bunnies are freshly baked loaves of nutrient rich bunny bread (including a matcha green tea energy boost bread and detoxifying charcoal brioche) that have been hollowed out and crammed with breakfast fillings. Choose from the Vegetarian Breakfast Bunny (salsa beans, aubergine, beetroot, peppers, garlic, spinach, onions and a fried egg), British Breakfast Bunny (sausage, salsa beans, fried egg, bacon and black pudding) and Yoghurt Brioche Bunny (baby brioche filled with Greek yoghurt, breadcrumbs, walnuts and raisin mix, topped with either orange and strawberry or red berries).
74 Wardour Street, Soho W1F 0TE; bunnychow.com
11 Le Pont de la Tour, Shad Thames
The new bar at Le Pont de la Tour has just launched Le Brunch chez Pont, a ‘sans fond’ (bottomless) brunch. Priced at £15 for two courses and £20 for three (plus unlimited prosecco for £15) the new menu will include a selection of fresh juices and smoothies, breakfast classics such as Eggs Benedict, French toast and pancakes, and more substantial dishes such as the Brunch Burger with gruyère and bacon. The exceptional views of Tower Bridge are thrown in for free. The bottomless brunch menu is available every Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 3pm.
36D Shad Thames SE1 2YE; 020 7403 8403; lepontdelatour.co.uk
12 Breakfast Club, various locations
Does breakfast get cooler than at The Breakfast Club on Battersea Rise? Retro interior décor, check; breakfasts featuring chorizo and haloumi, check. The list of exciting breakfast dishes is long, choose from the Full Monty, bacon and banana French toast, breakfast burritos and pancakes. Be warned, on weekends the queue often wraps around the building. The breakfast and brunch menu is served until 5pm.
13 The Big Easy, Canary Wharf
The recently opened Big Easy in Canary Wharf has two amazing boozy brunch offers – The Big Pig Gig with North Carolina chopped pork, pit-smoked barbecue chicken and St Louis pork ribs, ‘slaw, pit-smoked beans, fries and fresh-baked cornbread; or the Lobster Fest, with a whole fresh lobster, lobster roll or lobster mac ‘n’ cheese, served with fries and house salad. Both are accompanied by bottomless prosecco, Big Easy Brew or house wine for two hours, at just £29.50.
1 Crossrail Place, Canary Wharf E14; 020 3841 8844; bigeasy.co.uk
14 South Place Hotel, the City
Protein-packed and naturally low in fat nutrii Quark has partnered with South Place Hotel to create a limited-edition superfood juice and smoothie menu. Kick start your day with the Indian Detox, a blend of nutrii Quark, beetroot and orange juice, turmeric, coriander and agave syrup, or a South Place Elixir with mango juice, birch water and chia seeds. The Acai Smoothie is a filling breakfast alternative, with superfood acai powder, acai juice and fresh apple juice topped with banana, honey and granola. The menu is available all January.
3 South Place EC2M 2AF; 020 3503 0000; southplacehotel.com
15 Village East, Bermondsey Street
Village East has some great new breakfasts on its menu. Try the Campfire Breakfast, with slow-roasted pork shoulder, barbecue baked beans and two fried eggs (£9, available on Village East’s weekday breakfast and weekend brunch menus), or the Confit Turkey Hash – deep-fried turkey with potato topped with poached eggs with the runniest of yolks, plus a healthy serving of spinach (£10, available on the weekend brunch menu).
171-173 Bermondsey Street SE1 3UW; 020 7357 6082; villageeast.co.uk
16 Percy & Founders, Fitzrovia
Percy & Founders, Fitzrovia, is offering a free Reads coffee throughout Breakfast Week when ordered alongside one of their healthy morning meals. Breakfast dishes include homemade bircher muesli with apple & honeycomb (£5), baked eggs with chorizo, avocado and tomato salsa (£7), Fontina Waffles with chicken, poached egg, maple and bacon (£12.50), or Vanilla French Toast with almonds and fresh berries (£10). Breakfast and brunch is served from 7.30am-11.30am Monday to Friday, 9am-4pm on Saturday, and 9am-5pm on Sundays.
1 Pearson Square, Fitzrovia W1T 3BF; 020 3761 0200; percyandfounders.co.uk
17 SushiSamba London, the City
SushiSamba London, the iconic restaurant that blends Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian cuisine, has launched a Kobe English Breakfast for breakfast week, with Kobe beef sausages and bacon, served up with egg, asparagus and mustard. Alongside those 360 views of London from the 39th floor, it’s the breakfast of dreams!
110 Bishopsgate, the City EC2N 4AY; sushisamba.com
18 Duck & Waffle, the City
Dan Doherty, Executive Head Chef of Duck & Waffle – a breakfast master – has launched The Full Henry exclusively for Breakfast Week, with a whole Belgian waffle topped with a Lincolnshire sausage, streaky bacon, fresh black pudding, roasted Portobello mushroom, grilled tomatoes, hash browns and two eggs, any style. £15.
110 Bishopsgate, the City EC2N 4AY; duckandwaffle.com
19 Aqua Shard, London Bridge
Aqua Shard has three new breakfast cocktails, all priced at £11.50, to add a little pep to Breakfast Week. Try a Sunny Side Up (Mount Gay rum, custard cream, Grand Marnier and lemon juice, served with a fried egg on toast), a Rise and Shine (refreshing long drink with Tanqueray Ten, Limoncello and citrus marmalade) or a Bergamont and Banana Martini (a blend of Earl Grey-infused vodka, Creme De Banane and egg white garnished). Of course, sustenance is imperative when imbibing early, so check out their new breakfast menu, which includes delights such as salt beef hash (£15), the divine-sounding Lobster Benedict (£22) and the Aqua Shard Full English (£18.50).