Restaurant Discovery #12: The Breakfast Club – Soho, London

I was in London to celebrate christmas and new year with my boyfriend. Before I left Malaysia, I made a list of all the places I wanted to dine in and of course The Breakfast Club was on the list. Jetlag and all, I dragged my poor boyfriend to Soho to have Sunday brunch at The Breakfast Club.

I had heard wonderful things about this place. So it was expected for it to be full. But we were  not expecting a lengthy, slow-moving queue of people. We stuck out the queue in the cold Sunday morning for around 1 hour and 15 minutes and I must say, it was worth it. My boyfriend is not one to queue for anything, but we went to The Breakfast Club 3 times in the 2 weeks that I was there. Need I say more?

The inside of the eatery had a vibe of the 1985 film of the same name (which I am a massive fan of). The brick walls were covered with polaroids and drawings. Chic mismatched chairs and wooden tables crowd a very small space which made moving around a bit of a task. Once seated, we were provided with a menu with a range of breakfast options.

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I am not a “pig” eater. So no sausages, ham, chorizo, bacon… Non of that. With that in view, I wasn’t expecting much when it comes to breakfast as it is always the fry up that gets the thumbs up. But I was very much impressed with the Eggs Royale (£9.20) which is smoked salmon on toasted english muffins with hollandaise sauce. The eggs were beautifully poached with runny yolk and the hollandaise sauce was just the perfect consistency. I also ordered a side of the Home-style Fried Potatoes (£2.50) and the Portobello Mushroom (£1.50). I was obsessed with the potatoes. The seasoning of it was just delicious with a strong taste of rosemary. It had crispy skin and it was soft and fluffy on the inside. I know it says its fried potatoes, but it tasted like it was roasted potatoes. IN LOVE!

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On our second trip, I had the Veggie Breakfast Burrito (£8.50). I am a fan of mexican food, especially nachos, fajitas and burritos. This breakfast burrito was all kinds of good it made me consider converting to vegetarian. It did not have meat but it did not lack flavour. The veggies were sauteed with some kind of spicy special sauce and it made everything in the wrap taste wonderful. I am not a fan of onions or bell peppers, but this was on another level. The scramble eggs inside was just the right consistency, the guacamole was delicious. It was nothing complicated but the faultless assembly of quality ingredients made it a favourite.

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The third trip, I had to order the Veggie Breakfast Burrito again since it was so delicious the first time, and my boyfriend and I decided to share the Pancake and Berries (£8.50). Their pancake was doused in maple syrup but not too much to saturate the fluffy pancake. The vanilla cream was the perfect balance of creamy and sweet and berries added the tartness the dish needed. It was no other than perfection.

For those meat eaters that loves a fry up, my boyfriend’s favourite was the Chorizo Hashbrowns (£9.20). He mentioned that the Chorizo was strong in flavour but very delicious. And like me, he absolutely loved the home-style fried potatoes it came with. The plate was full of flavour he said.  A successful modern twist to a fry up. Twice out of the three trips we made to the Breakfast Club, he ordered this dish.

The service was fast with a genuine smile. The friendly staffs did not chased us out and seemed unfazed by the popularity of their small place. Aware of the hungry people queueing in the cold outside, we did not linger overly long once we were finished. Every time we stepped out the cafe with a full stomach we whisper to ourselves, “the queue was worth it”.

Ambience: 7 out of 10
Food: 8 out of 10
Service: 8 out of 10
Price: £

The Breakfast Club, Soho
33 D’Arblay Street
London
W1F 8EU

020 7434 2571

Good luck!

Love,
A

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A Mug of Superfood

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Day 70: A Mug of Superfood

This might not look like much but it is packed with some of the world healthiest food or “superfood” some would call it. I’ll tell you whats in this mug and why its called the “superfood”. This overnight oats is perfect for breakfast.

Oats

What better way to gain strength and energy to go about your day than with some oatmeal. Why have oats for breakfast? Oats contain a specific type of fiber that helps lower cholesterol level and it also helps to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. This whole grains have been proven to stabilised blood sugar level too. There are many types of oats available at the supermarket now. All of them are good except the instant individual packets. Those have a lot of sugar in them. So what’s your reason not to have oats for breakfast now?

Chia Seeds

These little seeds has a huge nutritional profile. Chia seeds are loaded with antioxidants! It also contains calcium, fiber and a great amount of healthy omega-3 fats. A serving of Chia has 18% of the recommended daily intake of calcium. Apparently it has more healthy Omega-3 fats than salmon and more antioxidant than blueberries. How do you add chia seeds to your diet? Easiest way is to add it to almost everything and anything!

Almond Milk

I am lactose intolerant. Most people when they have this problem, they will start drinking soy milk. Unfortunately I am intolerant to soy too. So the next best thing for an alternative to milk is Almond Milk! Almond milk is a heart-healthy, low calorie and nutrient-dense beverage. Its the best option for me since I am intolerant to dairy and soy.

Blueberries

This fruit has one of the highest antioxidant capacities among all fruits and vegetables. Apparently this delicious fruit help to improve memory and aid weight loss. They are small, delicious and full of antioxidant.

Banana

This fruit is not just for monkeys. I suffer from the occasional terrible acid reflux and banana is a natural antacid which provide relief from acid reflux. The high level of potassium helps with your brain and makes you smarter. It is also high in antioxidant. They are delicious too.

Cinnamon

Cinnamon aids our digestive system. It kills bacteria and clear your system. If your stomach is upset or you have a stomach bug/flu, a cup of cinnamon tea will definitely help as it is anti-bacterial. A teaspoon of cinnamon powder and 2 teaspoon of honey stir in a class of warm water, will aid in weight loss.

Incorporate all these food in your diet and together we will try to live a healthy lifestyle.

Good luck!

Love,
A

Soto Ayam

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Day 56: Soto Ayam

You know how some food are categorically breakfast – like eggs. In Malaysia, there is no such thing. You literally eat anything at anytime of the day. It is a norm to have Nasi Lemak (coconut rice) for breakfast.

Today, before heading to work, my mum and I went to have Soto Ayam at a tom yam restaurant in Taman Melawati. Its near the Jabatan Pendaftaran. They serve the best Soto Ayam I have ever tasted. I brought some to work for my colleagues and they absolutely loved it. Soto Ayam is a clear chicken soup dish serves with either rice cubes and/or vermicelli, shredded chicken breast, bean sprouts, and begedil (potato cakes). If you like it spicy, you can add their awesome chilli with garlic and soy sauce paste. Their Soto Ayam is so popular that if you come any later than 10am, there will be non for you. Yes, I had noodle soup for breakfast. Don’t judge! You will love it too if you try it.

Good luck!

Love,

A

Breakfast for champs?

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Day 49: Oatmeal 

We all know the benefits of oatmeal but you can’t deny that the taste is not appealing. I am trying to eat healthier especially for breakfast. I need something quick and easy because who has the time to make special time consuming breakfast in the morning?

I usually use the Quaker Instant Oatmeal but not the ones with added sugar 3 in 1 ones. I mix mine with just hot water and cut some fruits to go with it to add flavour and also nutrients. This is the easiest way to make something so bland like oatmeal to taste so much better. Oatmeal is a slow burning carbohydrate so that helps me stay full until lunch time at the office! I am currently experimenting with other ways to make oats interesting. Will post when I find something amazing. As for now, I am enjoying my oatmeal breakfast with fruits. Please give me suggestions if you have any!

Thank you!

Love,

A