Tuesday, 8 March 2011

The Breakfast Club Angel Islington review - can't really see what the big fuss is about


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Address: 31 Camden Passage
London N1 8EA
Tel: 020 7226 5454
Nearest Tube station: Angel

Ratings (out of 5 *)
Price: Below £15pp
Service charge: N/A
Taste: ***
Service: ***
Ambience: ****
One can always count on seeing a queue building up outside The Breakfast Club at Angel Islington’s Camden Passage on weekend mornings. In fact, The Breakfast Club is the only restaurant in that area to see any semblance of a queue, other than Pizza Express when they are offering one for one that is. Honestly, who would go to Pizza Express without one for one deals these days?

Anyway, the long queue aside, I rather enjoy the cheeky messages scribbled on the chalkboard placed strategically outside The Breakfast Club. The current one reads,"In its lifetime, the average chicken will lay enough eggs to make an omelette the size of Bradford  ” complete with a careless side scribble “that’s not true!” on its side. Well, you get the picture.

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The Breakfast Club has been receiving mixed reviews online with some saying that it serves the best breakfast they have ever tasted while others lamented about its slow service. I had to try it out. Not willing to spend a good weekend morning standing in the queue, I bid my time.

The opportunity came one Monday morning. As expected, The Breakfast Club was downright quiet with maybe three tables occupied tops. There’s this bohemian laid back charm about the interior of The Breakfast Club. One could either choose to sit by the entrance, which would then be just raised above the ground level, or settle down in the interior, which was lit by a skylight. Loud fast paced music was playing in the background (“Go, Johnny, go!”) when we were there. Not very pleasant if one was nursing a hangover.

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Having The Blue Legume’s breakfast in a bap in mind, Wife ordered El Butty (£4.70). A simple roll, warmed and slightly toasted, with chorizo and fried eggs, apparently eaten by Spanish builders in their morning breaks, it was a simple hearty snack.

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I went for the broke and asked for The Full Monty (£9.15). Presumably that was the equivalent of McDonald’s Big Breakfast which has a bit of everything, it came with bacon, sausage, black pudding, eggs, hash browns, mushrooms, beans, grilled tomato, toast. Yep, pretty much a bit of everything. While it is a sumptuous breakfast, I wouldn’t exactly go out raving about it. Service was upbeat throughout; a waitress kept on popping by and asked us about our breakfast.

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I couldn’t help but draw some comparison between The Blue Legume and The Breakfast Club after the meal. While The Blue Legume is as child friendly as can be, The Breakfast Club is anything but (the short flight of stairs up front is a testament of sorts). But it surely doesn’t pretend to be either. That said, The Breakfast Club is definitely somewhere to hang out with a newspaper or a wifi enabled device if you got an entire morning. However, unless we have ordered the wrong items, I can’t see why I would stand in line on an empty stomach for a table during weekend mornings.

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