What: Popular breakfast destination with an American inspired menu.
New? The Breakfast Club @ Canalside opened in April 2016 as part of the Here East complex which is home to other restaurants like vegan café, Mother, and Italian-American offering, Mason & Company.
Where? 29 E Bay Lane, Hackney Wick E15 2GW www.thebreakfastclubcafes.com
On the menu: The title of the venue gives you an idea of what to expect on the menu; any kind of breakfast dish can be found here throughout the day from chorizo hash to eggs benedict to all kinds of fry ups including veggie options. Your sweet tooth won’t be neglected with stacks of pancakes and servings of maple syrup alongside your savoury dishes. The lunch and dinner menu sees more traditional items like mac’n’cheese, friend chicken and waffles and cheese burgers.
First Impressions: It’s so busy here I’m worried we’ll be waiting a while as I’ve heard of the regular queuing at the more central venues but a rogue spare table has been reserved for us so we’re quickly seated. Plates of pancakes and fries are being ferried about to various tables and I can’t wait to order.
The Look: It has an easy going, diner vibe to it without being too much of a throwback to American high way diner. There is seating outside which has nice views of the river and even though the temperature is freezing the sun is shining, those not brave enough to face the cold can enjoy the same view from behind the glass wall inside.
What We Ate: Going head first into our calorie quota for the day I get started on the Veggie All American with fluffy pancakes, eggs (however you want them), a very garlicky, homemade veggie sausage, mushrooms, home-style potatoes and maple syrup. It’s a large plate of beige food and I vowed to myself to have a salad later in the day (I didn’t). I loved it all, it’s flavoursome without being greasy and the addition of maple syrup somehow tied it all together without being sickly. A slightly healthier option is the kale, sweet potato and feta tacos which is 2 soft corn tacos with pumpkin seed, Sriracha and Pico de Gallo that come served on a metal tray. Again it’s really delicious but an unknown liquid was dripping out of it at an alarming pace even though there was nothing in it that looked particular wet so turned out to be quite messy.
What We Drank: A cold pressed green juice starts the meal off with good intentions and makes us feel healthy, filled with spinach, celery, lemon, apple and ginger. With that out of the way we moved on to more tempting options, The Breakfast Club doesn’t do dessert so an Elvis shake (peanut butter and banana) makes for a suitable replacement. Beer, wine and cocktails are also available plus you can turn your shake into a hard shake if it’s been one of those days.
Go With: Your hungover friends; this is the kind of place you walk in bleary eyed from the night before and leave full of beans…and eggs, and maple syrup, and…you get the idea.
Final Word: The Breakfast Club is great for what it is; serving indulgent portions of all your favourite breakfast items. Not everything on the menu will harass your cholesterol either with several salads plus a fruit and oats section. They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day so why not head here to do it in style?