The Breakfast Club has been one of London’s hottest brunch spots for many years – they have five branches and you can guarantee a long weekend queue at every one of them. After a disappointing morning at the highly commercial London Coffee Festival I thought I would cheer myself up with a nice filling brunch. We arrived at the Spitalfields branch (which is a few minutes’ walk from Liverpool Street) at around 1pm and the queue was already about 30 people long and we waited for around 40 minutes before finally being seated.
The menu is made up of hearty brunch food, with a range of traditional fry ups straying into Mexican breakfast food like a chorizo and egg burrito; they also serve a range of sweet and savoury pancakes and lots of egg dishes including benedict, florentine and royale. Portions are large and good value – nothing on the menu is over £10. I enjoy dishes that mix salt and sweetness, so I opted for the All-American which combined pancakes with bacon, sausage, fried potatoes and a poached egg. The sausage was reasonable and made with decent quality meat; the poached eggs were nicely runny and free range (though I don’t think organic). However, the rest of the dish was a severe disappointment – the potatoes were dry, dull and I think had been prepared much earlier in the day (or possibly the previous day) and the pancakes tasted like they had been made from a packet mix. It was not a patch on the diner breakfasts I have eaten in America.
On a positive note, the service was attentive and friendly – very impressive given the volume of covers they are turning over every day. I also enjoyed my bloody Mary which would be a perfect hangover cure.
Verdict: 3/10 over-hyped and not worth the wait – head to Caravan King’s Cross for brunch instead.