Saturday, 11 September 2010

The Ambassador review - Exmouth Market chill out breakfast place


Address: 55 Exmouth Market,
London EC1R 4QL
Tel: 020 7837 0009
Nearest Tube station: Farringdon

Ratings (out of 5 *)
Price: below £15 pp
Service charge: 12.5%
Taste: **
Service: ***
Ambience: **
It’s funny how things pan out sometimes. A couple of months ago, I could never understand the fascination about Exmouth Market. I mean, makeshift stalls put up on the street are not unlike those set up at Broadway Market or even Brunswick Square on weekends. The street itself isn’t that long even.

Necco was the first reason why we came to Exmouth Market in the first place. Come on, no one goes there specially for Strada. Then the Little One comes along and we had to look for infant friendly places. Caravan came right up in the search. But Caravan is a tad crowded these days and we decided to head for The Ambassador this time round instead.

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First impression? The Ambassador reminds me of an old style coffee shop with its dark wooden furniture and pleasant ambient light in its interior. Upon seeing me struggle with our pram, a staff quickly started shifting chairs around to carve out a parking lot for it. Nice one, it’s such little gestures that counts, isn’t it?

When we did finally get a chance to look at the menu, I couldn’t help but notice that The Ambassador offers children menu as well although there’s no price indicated. However, I must say that its menu comprises of the usual suspects and definitely less innovative than Caravan.

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Famished, I went for the most substantial item on the menu – the big breakfast (£9.50). Bacon, sausage, black pudding, tomatoes, mushroom and eggs, which I requested to be poached (instead of scrambled). The presentation reminded me of the fare that would come out from S&M, a mix-mesh. I thought that the bacon was a tad tough and was rather disappointed that the toast turned up cold. Not exactly the most satisfying ‘big’ breakfast that I have come across.

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Wife’s pancakes (£5.50) came with a couple of streaky bacon stripes laid on it. Then again, there’s not a lot of ways you could arrange bacon and pancakes, can you? We could taste the flour in the pancakes and maple syrup didn’t help much. A pity really. Wife was looking forward to some good pancakes.

But it’s ain't all that bad

Would I return to The Ambassador again? Absolutely. Strange, you might think, for food clearly isn’t The Ambassador’s forte. But it has got its redeeming features. Its tea, for one, come with tea leaves, not one of those fraudulent places charging you for two quid for a teabag.

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Not only that, there are newspapers lying around – Times, Independent, Guardian.. and The Sun too, I think. That makes it the perfect place to linger around if you are up early for the weekend. Finally, The Ambassador, unlike Caravan, accepts reservations for weekends. Now, I can do with more certainty these days, can’t I?

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