I’ve been to two different branches of the perennially popular Breakfast Club. The first time was for brunch at their 50/60s, Julia Childs’ inspired cafe at Battersea Rise whilst on the most recent occasion I went to their Spitalfields branch, a much dingier, almost “too-cool-for-school” interior filled with assorted knick-knacks to keep the 80s child inside you (I’m a 90s kid!) wondering around the room. On both occasions I ordered the same things to share, the All American Breakfast and the Breakfast smoothie.
The All American Breakfast comes in decent sized portions of pancakes, your choice of eggs, a sausage, fried potatoes, bacon and maple syrup, providing a carb heavy indulgent treat. Now I don’t know what a traditional American breakfast should have (besides the pancakes) but I feel there needs to be a “moist” in between to merge all of these ingredients together as they all feel a little unloved by each other! Or maybe I’m just not a breakfast person! But I recommend visiting Pancakes on the Rocks if you’re ever in Sydney. Even though I might not be a breakfast person I am a pancakes person, theirs are incredibly moist and fluffy and in almost unfinishable portions!
The Big Breakfast smoothie didn’t have as much punch this time for some odd reason, potentially because of the stronger fruity flavour compared to the first time I had it when there was definitely a more wholesome oaty texture.
To me the Breakfast Club brand is more about a lifestyle/formula with furnishings to suit, a secret bar behind a fridge, a target demographic and friendly yet nonchalant waiters to match, at times it was hard to catch them despite there being quite a few. The Breakfast Club is simply a good cafe that will satisfy your cravings but when has satisfying cravings been exciting?
Address: 12-16 Artillery Lane, London, E1 7LS
Telephone: 0207 078 9633
Mind The Gap:
Mon – Wed: 7.30am – 11pm
Thurs – Fri: 7.30am – 12am
Sat: 8am – 12am
Sun: 8am – 10.30pm
The Breakfast Club is a growing chain currently with 7 dotted around London and one in Brighton as well as some “secret” speakeasies around town.
Panda ate, shot and left.