There’s a big yolk coloured cafe that’s causing a stir amongst the locals of Brighton. It’s the infamous Breakfast Club from London that’s just popped up on Market Street (where Fat Leo’s used to be). Having heard rave reviews from almost everyone I know, I had to check it out for myself. I’ve now been twice, and my experiences were quite different, so read on and judge for yourself whether you fancy giving it a go.
On my first visit we rocked up around 11am for brunch and were seated really quickly – first tick. I ordered the Avocado and Poached Egg (£7.50), with an extra of crispy bacon (£2), as well as a Blue Monday Smoothie (£4.50 – expensive!) and an Organic English Breakfast Tea (£2) – which was beautiful brew.
Table service was reasonably quick considering the joint was packed. However, when my breakfast arrived the bacon was disappointingly cold and not crispy as the menu had promised. The multigrain bread (missing butter) was a good quality and the poached egg done to perfection, runny on the inside but firm on the outside. My avocado, sadly, was terrible. It was mashed, but lumpy and ice cold – I couldn’t finish it. In my opinion, avocado is much better served sliced – less like baby food. Hannah had the Sustainably Sourced Smoked Salmon and Scrambled Eggs (£10), with a HUGE side of avocado (£3 ). She was delighted with her breki – no complaints except the missing butter on her plate which I mentioned earlier.
My second visit was lunchtime today at 12pm. Maddy my old chum from school and another big foodie joined me this time. I booked in advance as it was a gorgeous sunny day and I wanted a seat in the window. FYI you can’t book on weekends until after 5pm – weekdays you’re fine to though. This time I ordered The Half Monty Breakfast (£8.50) which comes with bacon, sausage, eggs, beans, tomato and toasted multigrain bloomer. I was very happy with my breki , (toast had butter and the bacon was warm!). Maddy was braver than me and went for the Boston Beans (£8.50) which comes with BBQ pulled pork and beans, home-style fried potatoes and a poached egg. As well as an extra side of avocado (£3). She absolutely loved it.
Interiors-wise the brekky club has nailed it. So hipster and so Brighton. Each Breakfast Club venue has a different theme, and Brighton is going for Miami Vice, come 70s Art Deco American diner. The background beats were on point too – putting a serious spring in my Sunday step.
PRICE: Around £15 pp including a drink
Overall today my experience was good, admittedly the service was a little slow for a lunchtime (which is odd as it wasn’t as busy as the weekend) but having had a better experience today I would come back and try something different again.