Having enjoyed a great coffee here in the past, I was excited to come here for breakfast and see what the kitchen had to offer. WOW! I was salivating over the list of specials for the day. Meat platters, mussels, pulled pork, did I mention the meat? Clearly these are lunchtime ideas, but I was sorely tempted to get stuck in for breakfast.
As it happens, my breakfast was far from the traditional. Yes, there were eggs; yes, there was bacon; yes, there were baked beans; and brioche is hardly fringe for a breakfast offering. But, it was the way it was put together, and the style of those ingredients that set it apart.
Thick slabs of bacon, or pork belly, tender as you like. Hearty, rich house-made baked beans. Brioche that was thick and soft. All this was covered in a fried egg and brought together with lashings of barbecue sauce. The mayonnaise was way OTT, but I can forgive them for that. Certainly not a standard breakfast, and a massive mouthful, despite the fact that I was having my first meal of the day at 11:30am.
The service here was so-so. Understandably they were busy. Late morning on a Saturday tends to be this way, so no complaint there. But there was just a couple of little things that were off. Slightly less than friendly when organising their wait list for tables, this was rectified with a friendly reception when being seated. I always worry when wait staff don’t write down orders. Sure enough, a small coffee was delivered instead of a large. Waiting to pay was a bit of a challenge, as there was a long conversation with perhaps some regular customers.
Despite the little gripes, the food here was sensational, and matched by the great coffee on offer. It’s walking distance for me, and I’ll be sure to return. I just hope that the specials list matches the drool inducing level of this particular visit!