They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but as I always keep pressing that snooze button on my alarm, I usually don’t have the time to sit down and enjoy a lovely breakfast. So I end crabbing something to go. That’s probably why I love to go out for breakfast in the weekends or when I’m on holiday so much… (although in that case we’ll better call it brunch!). As London has so many hip and trendy breakfast spots, it took a lot of research to scan through all the possibilities, but I’m very pleased with the one’s we end up going to, so here they are…
26 Grains – Covent Garden & Seven Dials
26 Grains is located in Neal’s Yard, one of the prettiest streets in Covent Garden & Seven Dials. As you’ve probably guessed from the name 26 Grains the specialty at this charming spot is grains. I love porridges, so in no way was I ever skipping out on a breakfast like that! The breakfast porridges are made with either almond or coconut milk, and contain plenty of healthy things such as nuts, seeds, fruit and spices. Oh, and the dishes look pretty great too!
I had a difficult time choosing what I was going to eat, even though the menu wasn’t that elaborated, it all sounded so good! Eventually I decided to go for the Banana Cacao Porridge, which consisted of Almond Milk Oats, Coconut Yogurt, Cacao Nibs, Banana, Date Syrup, and I was very happy I did so. I had a taste of my friend’s Berry Smootiebowl with Cardamom Granola, Goji Berries, Coconut Flakes as well and that was also very tasty.
26 Grains – 1 Neal’s Yard, London, WC2H 9DP
Egg Break – Notting Hill
Although I’m not the biggest fan of eggs, I really wanted to have brunch at this adorable place in Notting Hill. From what I’ve read online the food was amazing, and as we were planning on visiting the Portobello Market on Saturday it seemed like the perfect occasion to do so. We arrived around 11AM am and since they don’t take bookings we had to leave our name and wait in line for a table to vacant. We waited about 30 minutes to get in, so if you want to go there, make sure to bear that in mind.
I ordered the Smashed avo with poached eggs, salsa verde and breakfast radish toast, and my friend picked the Sweet potato rosti with goats cheese, honey, pinenuts, dill yoghurt and poached eggs. Both were delicious, but honestly the dish I will mostly remember from Egg Break are the pancakes!! They were so good, that we ordered another portion! In short: if you want an EGG-CELLENT meal, go to Eggbreak!
Egg Break – 30 Uxbridge St, London W8 7TA
Muriel’s Kitchen – South Kensington
Right next to South Kensington tube station lays Muriel’s Kitchen, a cozy little restaurant, where the friendly staff immediately makes you feel at home. I cannot better describe Muriel’s than the way owners Charlotte and Sam do it: “Kitchens are the heart of our homes – wakey wakey breakfasts are eaten, mid-morning coffees brewed, catch up conversations nattered, biscuits and cakes baked, new recipes created and evening dinners eagerly awaited.” Or the way I see it… food is life!
The dishes at Muriel’s are inspired by the hearty cooking of their mothers and grandmothers and have been developed by the chefs in order to create British classics with a modern twist. Which they’ve done successfully in my opinion. I had the Eggs Royale with extra avocado; and to put it simply they were amazing. My friend ordered the Seasonal Berry Pancakes, and was very quiet during brunch, so I guess that’ a good thing right? Oh, and if you want to drink something else than coffee or tea for a change, try their freshly made milkshakes!
But Muriel’s doesn’t just serve breakfast and brunch, you can also go there for lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. And should South Kensington be a little out of your way, you can always go to one of the two other locations in Soho and Putney.
Muriel’s Kitchen – 1/3 Pelham Street, London, SW7 2ND