When you walk past a restaurant many times and it always has a line of people waiting for a table, you can’t help but wonder why. I think that is a pretty impressive thing, especially considering just how many restaurants are in this neighborhood. I don’t usually like the idea of queuing for a table, but I got lucky one rainy weekend when the line was practically non-existent, so I decided to give it a try.
The first Breakfast Club was opened in 2005 in Soho. There are now 14 locations listed on their website, mainly dotted around London. A few of the restaurants are slightly further afield in Brighton and Croydon. Although you could classify The Breakfast Club as a ‘chain’, each restaurant has its own distinct décor. Don’t let the name fool you, as they are not just open in the am hours. In fact, if you sign up for their newsletters you will find out that the various stores also run bingo, live music, and karaoke sessions!
The location that I visited with my husband is close to the new Crossrail station. A number of restaurants have sprung up in this row of shops. The restaurant is on two levels but for my visit we remained on the lower floor. Tables do seem to turn over fairly regularly so our wait to be seated was very quick.
We began with a couple of cappuccinos to warm us up while we read the menu. Plenty of great sounding options were on offer with sections listed as Club Classics, Benedicts, Eggs, Fruit and Nuts, and Pancakes. Now I usually love a great benedict but the breakfast burrito (9 GBP) seemed to be calling my name. David decided he liked the sound of the scrambled egg with smoked salmon option (10 GBP).
The menu lists substitution options (all with upcharges). David added a side of guacamole, but at an additional 3 GBP the pitiful portion did not seem at all good value for money when it arrived. I have noticed that over the last few years’ portion sizes have grown in the UK. While portions were good, I would not describe them as huge.
We found the wait staff friendly but not over attentive. The restaurant was fairly busy during our visit so we had to wave down our waiter to get attention on a couple of occasions. I did not feel rushed in any way so it was refreshing that they didn’t seem to want to quickly turn table. Our food was very tasty, although nothing stands out to remark upon. I’m not sure if that last statement is necessarily a negative as we ordered pretty ‘plain jane’ food options, Id like to try another location to see how this one compares, or perhaps visit again at another time of day. I also think that if you sat in the upstairs part of the restaurant it might feel somewhat different. For all of those reasons I would visit again (if I didn’t have to wait in line for a table).
Address: Unit CR30 Level Zero & 1, Crossrail Place, Canary Wharf, E14
Opening Times: Mon-Weds 7am-11pm, Thurs-Fri 7am-midnight, Sat 8am-midnight, Sun 9am-9om
Reservations: Can be made 7 days after 6pm
Website: The Breakfast Club
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