Eat breakfast like a king they say. And I have to agree. So here are some top brekkies to have around London Town this month.
Bacon & egg bap at Maria’s Market Café
Rough and ready? Sure. But this café in the heart of Borough Market, served by proper cockney ladies, has charm in abundance. The bacon is crisp and salty, the heavily buttered baps are chewy and the ketchup vinegary. You won’t know what a hangover is after one of these. Oh, and get a side of sausage.
Iberico pork bennedict at Papillon
This glamorous, marble-clad café at the Hotel Café Royal is the perfect place to escape the hustle and hell of Regent Street. Exec Pastry Chef Sarah Barber’s pastries are a thing of wonder here but the eggs bennedict topped with slices of fatty iberico is quite simply magnificent.
Bircher muesli at Jacob the Angel
New Opening Alert! This one comes from the Palomar and Barbary people (and it’s right next door to the latter, in Neal’s Yard). A small, cute space serving takeaway sandwiches, salads and homemade baked goodies. If you’re feeling healthy, the bircher muesli topped with coconut, chia seeds, turmeric and mejool dates is the nuts.
Ricotta pancakes at Joe Allen
This theatre-obsessed institution has moved from its Covent Garden home. Where you ask? Well, just round the corner, and it’s just as pretty. They’ve started serving breakfast too. The ricotta pancakes have an almost cornbread consistency, perfectly paired with poached strawberries and lashings of maple syrup. Food, glorious food! Sorry.
Comté omelette at Cafe Sou
This is the smallest of the food offerings at the super-swanky Ned hotel in the City. This Parisian style cafe is all wine, charcuterie & rillettes and lovely coffee with patisseries. The speciality has got to be their light and fluffy omelettes using Burford Brown Eggs. They certainly don’t scrimp on the Comté either. J’adore.
Chicken sausage muffin at Chik’N
Those clever guys at Chick ‘n’ Sours can do marvellous things with free range fried chicken. Their new opening on Baker Street is more of a fast food idea – and they’re open for breakfast. £3.95 gets you a chicken sausage patty, free range egg and American cheese in a potato muffin. 10 billion times better than McDonald’s, trust me.
Do tweet me if I’ve missed your favourite off the list @samphiresalsify