Review: The Breakfast Club
Published 9 April 2010
This is one of my favourite places to go for breakfast food during a lazy weekend afternoon. Although I have been several times, I have failed in my task to get a review up, as the food is just so good and filling that I always can’t be bothered to do much work in the few hours afterwards.
The Breakfast Club serves exactly what the name says it does: breakfast. But unlike the millions of other breakfast caffs in London, this place serves American style breakfast in big portions. While I have a fond affinity for English breakfasts, somehow they never stand up to the gluttony, decadence and sheer arterial-clogging qualities of a proper American one. Sure, you get the fried eggs with the fried bacon in an English breakfast, but it doesn’t start to compare with the more-fat-than-meat streaky American-style bacon, scrambled eggs with butter and cream, and pancakes with rich maple syrup in a full American breakfast. With a wide variety of different breakfast options on their menu, The Breakfast Club has something for everyone, even the most picky eaters. They even have healthier options, like poached eggs and vegetarian breakfasts, that will suit some of the more health conscious customers.
While I could rave on and on about the food at the Breakfast Club, the drinks are not too far behind either and the top two choices are either one of the best milkshakes you will ever have in London (and bound to give you a coronary if the big breakfast doesn’t), or a super healthy and super tasty fresh fruit smoothie. They’ve both so equally good that the choice really depends if you’re on a mission that day to shave off a month off your life, or just a couple of weeks. Either way, The Breakfast Cafe is best visited for a lunch meal, even though it is technically breakfast food, as I can’t see anyone trying to stomach that much food anytime before 9am.
While the food and drinks are of course the main focus at The Breakfast Club, the atmosphere inside is extremely conducive for a long lazy afternoon of food followed by some Facebook poking and internet surfing, or even reading the Sunday newspaper. With tables spaced out, soft music in the background, and lots of sofas and comfy seats, its one of those places where you don’t feel pressured to leave. And actually, on a busy Saturday afternoon there, we felt that the staff seemed to actually encourage that by struggling to keep up with the sheer volume of orders. Our food and drinks did take some time to arrive, which on that occasion though was a pity as we were both starving, having skipped breakfast.
The most interest aspect of the whole cafe? Not the food, not the design of the dining room, but the design of the washrooms! Uopn wondering in, a sign at the door warns that behind it is the “world’s smallest disco” – which turned out to be quite true! A disco ball spins overhead as you enter the loos, and inside it just gets weirder as there are nursery-style wallpaper all over with little bears and cartoon characters to keep you occupied as you spend a penny.
Cuisine: American style big breakfasts, and milkshakes and smoothies. The do serve a limited menu of proper lunch and dinner main courses, but I would just stick to the breakfast.
Price: £8-10 for a big breakfast plate, £3.60 for a smoothie
Address: 2-4 Rufus Street, London N1 6PE (Hoxton branch), 33 D’Arblay Street, London W1F 8EU (Soho branch), 31 Camden Passage, London N1 8EA (Angel branch)
Booking/reservations tel: 020 7729 5252 (Hoxton branch), 020 7226 5454 (Angel branch), 020 74342571 (Soho branch)
Article written by Boon Koh.