Plenty to look at – Kitchen by Mike

16 Feb

The building is a factory conversion with a designer furniture store in the same premises. It looks very stylish with distressed bricks, oversized lampshades, exposed  pipes and industrial styled light fittings. It’s a safe and conservative colour palette of black, white and chrome, mixed with natural tones of wood and copper. It is a blend of urban chic meets provincial kitchen.

Ham and eggs

A glass wall across the back of the building floods the café with natural light. The glass is shielded by a herb wall; an iron frame houses a multitude of black pots filled with herbs, spices and house plants like a vertical greenhouse . I take note of this genius approach to growing herbs, keeping them well out of harm’s way and the clutches of our pet Spaniel or visiting children.

It is very hard to create much of an atmosphere in a room with very high ceilings, despite the polished finish it lacked a little heart.

There is plenty to look at, you order at the counter where you see their freshly baked wares of pastries muesli and accompaniments, I love the honey dipper – it’s the little things that count.

The fresh mango and berries looks very appetizing, I almost consider ditching my eggs for mangoes but resist – can you have dessert at breakfast?

KBM room

The menu is simple:  fruits, muesli and staple bacon and egg dishes. It’s simple but clear the ingredients are carefully selected for their quality and I expect mostly home-made.

The menu is hand written onto a chrome extractor fan – looks trendy and industrial but you miss the detail that a menu offers. I ordered the Kurobuta ham with smashed eggs and I am picturing an omelette. When I get ham and eggs on toast, it looks lovely but I can’t eat the gluten so had to send it back for a redo. They were perfectly lovely and changed it with no hassles.

The ham and smashed eggs were a pleasant surprise, the ham was full of flavour and the prinkling of chilli flakes on top really set this dish apart from the rest.

He gets a bacon buttie AND eggs benedict (he was hungry). I think he is bold ordering two breakfasts but they are small portions and he easily puts both away with little effort.

The coffee is great although it comes standard as a double shot – yikes! You order and pay at the bar so it’s a quick turnaround, we are in, fed and out within 30 mins.

A lovely breakfast and a solid 7/10

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