It wasn’t until the end of last year that I tried my first buttermilk pancake. Previously, I admit, I was a little snobby about them (and American food generally). However, after doing the Soho Food Tour (you can read about that here) and experiencing my first Hawaiian breakfast pancake, I did a complete U-turn on my opinion.
So when an invite came to go for an American breakfast at Coast to Coast in the Brighton Marina, as part of National Breakfast Week, I jumped at the chance to see if their pancakes came anywhere close to the soufflé-like ones I had in Soho at Kua’aina Burger. For those of you that don’t know, National Breakfast Week is a campaign to raise awareness of the importance of eating breakfast.
It was very quiet when we arrived at 10:30 am, so we had the staff’s undivided attention. Classic American soul oozed out of the speakers and the gray brick walls were decorated with American sports memorabilia and photographs from moments of American history. Instantly I felt like I’d walked into a real American diner/grill.
We ordered hot drinks first – to warm ourselves after a very chilly 5k run prior to arrival; a mocha and a latté, both £2.95. Two mini Oreos came on the side of the saucer, a nice touch.
Then because we’d worked up a thirst, we followed with two large orange juices. I mistakenly ordered an orange juice, rather than the ‘freshly squeezed’ variety also on the menu and found myself disappointed when it was a bit watery.
Food-wise Simon was starving, so he went for the ‘Breakfast Feast’ – £7.95, which was described as “not for the faint-hearted”. It included a stack of three freshly-made pancakes, served with three rashers of streaky bacon, a Cumberland sausage, fried eggs, breakfast potatoes, roast herb tomato and maple syrup. I tried to be a little less indulgent and went for the ‘bacon and maple syrup pancakes’ – £5.95
The pancakes, to my surprise, were very tasty, light and fluffy and clearly homemade, as described. The streaky bacon was a little fatty for my liking and could have been crispier, but the sweet-savoury mix worked well when the maple syrup was added. The maple syrup was very runny and not as high quality as I’ve had, but for the price, it was good value for money.
The Cumberland sausage was nothing like a US style of sausage, so it was more suited to UK taste buds – it was well seasoned and a decent quality of meat. The breakfast potatoes had a good spicy edge which Simon enjoyed, with the pepper and onion giving it a Mexican feel. Finally, the egg, which came sunny side up, was also a little on the snotty side, which personally I think is better than well-done, but not ideal.
PRICE: £24.90 (for 2 including drinks)
Our breakfast came out quickly and the presentation was done well, but the service was slow at the end of the meal when it was time to pay. Food-wise it reflected good value for money and recreated the taste of an American breakfast. I’m not a big American food lover, but if I had a hankering for American dining I would visit again.
*Disclosure – Our breakfast was complimentary. However, this has not affected my review, which is an honest and impartial account of my experience.