Posts Tagged ‘breakfast’

Cafe 338 Review, Bethnal Green (Joe Brothwell)

Name: Café 338
Type: Greasy Spoon
Where: Bethnal Green Road
Nearest Tube: Um, Can’t you read, Bethnal Green
Price: Big breakfasts start at about £3.50, but with the option of create your own you could spend up to £6 – or more if you’re greedy.
Rating: ££££


Café 338 is a personal favourite of mine because of it’s convenient location (it’s near my house, but don’t bother trying to track me down as I’m a crazy who carries around mace – not a good combo for you), cheap prices, large portions and ridiculously cute owner. Don’t expect gourmet fodder here, but 338’s selection of fry-ups and traditional greasy spoon grub (think jacket potatoes, omelettes and paninis) is perfect for hungover Saturday afternoons, and lazy Sunday mornings.

As a pseudo-vegetarian (I only say that to maintain the illusion that I’m ethical and a little bit skinny) the set menus (which are much cheaper than creating your own) are more than adequate. I had  – if you can’t be bothered to read the next few words just look at the photo below – the ‘light breakfast’ (two poached eggs, brown toast, tomatoes, mushrooms and coffee) with extra hash browns. It came to £5.20 but fortunately for ol’ Joe a clumsy charity collector was a bit too swing happy with the collection bucket and unknowingly deposited 70p into the Joe Brothwell breakfast fund. If you are unwilling to go over your five pound limit intimidating young children, old people and people that look vulnerable is an excellent way to get enough for an extra bacon rasher or glass of orange juice.

Having traipsed around countless cafes and brunch-appropriate eateries in the East end, in my opinion Café 338 is the best value for money and the food is consistent. Unfortunately the café is also pretty small so going at peak times (think weekend mornings) can result in a bit of a wait. STOP READING THIS NOW, GET UP OFF YOUR ASS AND SEE WHAT ALL THE FUSS S ABOUT.

Gate Review at Newington Green, Hackney

Name: The Gate

Type: A wide selection of cafe food from traditional breakfasts to jacket potatoes to pasta to steak etc.

Where: The Gate, 11 Albion Rd, Newington Green

Nearest tube: Actually an overground- Canonbury. Quite near Angel so you an get a 73/341/476 bus from here straight to its door if you’re feeling lazy.

Price: All the breakfats are under £5, other menu items are also good value.

Rating: ££££

While most weekday mornings are filled with running for buses, getting squashed on tubes, eventually arriving late for work and then spending the next four hours working out what you’re going to have for lunch, weekends are suited to actually eating breakfast.

Stepping up to the plate is The Gate which offers a range of breakfasts for just below our favourite price (£5 btw) and the friendy waitresses are also happy to let you drink tap water without the frown that usually comes with such a request.

Choose from eggs benedict, the big breakfast, veggie breakfast, omelette etc.

While it isn’t a grand fine cuisine restaurant, it offers tasty quality food at prices you might expect in a builder filled greasy spoon. The interior is informal and comfy- the seats even have cushions. Newspapers are available too for you to mull over as you try and finish the large portions.

Most importantly, the waitresses are open to substitutions so you can actually swap any item for another item. I opted to replace my pet hate sluggy mushrooms for extra bacon, while others swapped a rather ordinary grilled tomato for grilled halloumi. This feature means you can pretty much create the perfect breakfast.

Quotes from breakfast companions include:

“the best damn breakfast this side of London'” Luke Strachan