The Breakfast Club

September 21, 2011

“All happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast.”
John Gunther

Do you agree?
Well I definitely do!
And I did enjoy a great leisurely breakfast last Sunday at the Breakfast Club near Angel station.

This is a chain with 4 locations in London – Hoxton – Angel – Soho – Spitalfields – spreading sun and energy on your breakfast.
They first opened in Soho in 2005 and then quickly grew with success until their last baby that appeared in Spitalfields in May 2011 – I’m sure they won’t stop there. But for now, I’m going to talk about the one located on the lovely Camden Passage in Angel.

We got to this little yellow box around 11.30am on a Sunday.
First off, expect to queue outside for a bit – yes, they’re victim of their own success – but don’t worry, it’s moving quickly. Large groups should avoid that address as the place is quite small!

The restaurant is on the raised ground floor of a small building. After climbing up a few steps, you come face to face with a long and messy bar and busy waiters all around. At this point, you already get the feeling of the place.
To put you in the mood, listen to that song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L8cCPH1qnYI (and forget the video clip).

Surroundings are made of more or less random stuff – flags, big clock, old pictures, cups, photos, fairy lights – hanging all over the place on raw brick walls. On the front side you can seat next to high windows with view on the street, whereas on the other side you can benefit from the light going through the glass roof – nice. Tables are very close to each other and invite you to share with people next to you. You get it, no room for intimacy here. That’s why people usually come in groups of 3 or 4 🙂

— Fork side
The menu is varied and it’s hard to choose! I wanted to try everythiiiiing.
You can easily go for classic salmon and scrambled eggs (~£8.50) served on toasted bread. The portion is well served and good quality. The salad on the side was quite unnecessary though.

Then you HAVE TO try their PANCAKES!
We had the berries ones (~£6), served with mapple syrup and vanilla ice-cream. Fluffy, sweet and definitely not enough! We want mooore!
You can say from the pic that berries are on top rather than in the pancake itself – in some way I prefer it like that.

Otherwise if you’re a British breakfast lover, some big stuff lie on the menu including the inevitable bacon/sausage/hash browns/beans.
And light options are not forgotten of course: porridge, muesli, fruit salad.

— Cup side
You can accompany your meal with a good squeezed orange juice (~£3) or, for the more adventurous, a fresh smoothie (~£4) – I recommend the “Big Breakfast” (strawberry, banana, oats, honey, yoghurt and milk).
If you’re cold, go for a hot chocolate with shamallows on top! The hot chocolate itself isn’t amazing, just a fair one, quite sweet, but I kinda liked it because of shamallows. I don’t know, it was fitting well with the whole atmosphere on a Backstreet Boys song haha

The service is young and very nice. We didn’t wait for long to get our meal. It was just a bit harder to catch waiters as they were all very busy all the time. There were apparently some mistakes in the orders of tables around us – so I guess either waiters were overwhelmed or cookers were undermanned according to the job offer stuck on the window.

> Verdict: It’s definitely a place where I’ll go back to enjoy a good brunch in a young and lively atmosphere! Prices are aligned with similar shops. I’m sure some people would argue it’s not the best breakfast they ever had – but to me the whole experience was great. You go there for fun, because you want to have a great meal with people you have fun with on silly songs 🙂

> Tips:

  • Brunch served 9-5 every day
  • Lunch & dinner served Mon-Fri from 12pm and Sat-Sun from 5pm (sandwiches, salads, burgers, pies, jacket)
  • Happy hour 6-8 in Hoxton and Angel – Bring your own wine or beer in Soho
  • Outside seating available
  • You can even call and take your sunny breakfast away!

😎 Let the morning time drop all its petals on me, life I love you, all is groovy!

Infos: the Breakfast Club – 31 Camden Passage, London, N1 8EA – 020 7226 5454 – Angel station – open 8am–10pm Monday to Wednesday, 8am–11pm Thursday to Friday, 9am–11pm Saturday, 9am–10pm Sunday

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