The Breakfast Club - Battersea Rise

The much talked about Soho brekky grub joint 'The Breakfast Club' has recently opened its newest and first baby across the river. 

Three of us school chicks decided we needed a good catch up and popped down one Saturday, reading rave reviews we went with high expectations and hungry tums.

Arriving we were told there would be a 20/30 minute wait, which luckily in the sunny(ish) weather we had that morning we were happy to do so.  Once seated our order was quickly taken and tap water arrived without a prompt.

The brunch/breakfast menu is fantastic... ranging from the normal Full English to some out-of-the-ordinary options of wraps, pancakes and sarnie's with many having a Mexican twist to them. 

Banning us from having anything ordinary Miss D went for the banana and bacon French toast served with maple syrup. The generous portion of eggy yumminess came with lashings of perfectly crisp streaky bacon, and plenty of caramelised banana pieces. For those of us with a sweet tooth this is for you, as the sweet eggy bread tastes like sweet pancakes however, far fluffier and easier, I thought, to gobble down. This, she washed down with a spinach, mint, mango and apple smoothie aka 'Green is Good' 

Miss R went for the unusually named 'Huevos al Benny' after it had a waitress' recommendation with a side of 'home-style fried potatoes'. This consisted of poached eggs, chorizo, roasted peppers, avocado, chillies and a spicy hollandaise on an English Muffin. I had slight food envy as this looked fantastic. 

Purely out of constant inquisition I chose the 'Huevos Rancheros'. I have always wanted to try this dish and never finding a place that does it when having brunch... being a fan of mexican foods and being starving I was told that this would be a good option... 

Two perfect, lightly fried eggs sat either side of refried beans, chorizo, salsa, sour cream and guacamole which was then on top of a tortilla with cheddar cheese inside. A lot of food to take in but my god this was seriously good, if also, very filling! I used my tortillas to scoop up the sauces and plonk a bit of the chorizo sausage on top which all made for a pretty decent mouthful of tastes! The refried beans had a decent kick to them and the salsa a perfect sharpness to cut through what would be a pretty heavy dish. For a brunch this was incredible, and I left pleased (and stuffed) I had gone for something out of the ordinary...  

My choice of beverage was another of their smoothies called 'Berry Granny' which consisted of Pomegranate, blueberries, raspberries, apple and ginger. Really refreshing, plentiful and delicious too. (Green smoothie in background)

Would I return? - definitely! The Breakfast Club not only does  fantastic food and unusual ingredients, it's good value (my meal came to £13) and has a lively atmosphere from 9am right through till late. Perfect as it's brunch time somewhere in the world any time of day...

The Breakfast club: 5-9 Battersea Rise, SW11 1HG n.b. NO RESERVATIONS ON WEEKENDS.

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Manuka Kitchen - Fulham broadway

Fulham has recently opened some fantastic new restaurants offering the locals perfect 'go to' places on an evening when you don't want to cook.

My parents had visited Manuka well before my trip and loved it. So, on their visit down last week Dad insisted we go. My golfer of a cousin was back from the Asia Tour, and therefore came to stay, so a meal out was in order for a decent catch up befor the weekends antics. Manuka Kitchen certainly didn't disappoint on taste, service and price. For 7 of us the bill came in at a very reasonable £35 per person including 2/3 courses and wine. 

The restaurant is tiny, only taking 22 covers however they certainly serve up big bold flavours. The two owners are always on site making sure everything is running to absolute perfection. They set up Manuka with no outside funding (impressive) so this is their absolute baby and it certainly shows it.  

Hearing rave reviews, my brother and I decided to have the bone marrow and saffron arancini as an amuse bouche, which is off the 'small plates' menu as a pre starter, these were deliciously moist and packed full of flavour in a light crispy coating. 

I chose their 'signature dish' to start, which is crispy squid, cucumber and nam jim (a sweet and sour dipping sauce). Well worthy of their signature title the squid was perfectly crisp, light and the sauce packed a punch and pulled the whole plate together. 

As there were a lot of us I won't talk about everyone's dishes however, I will point out some highlights. Mr D went for the Macaroni Cheese starter which got an all round 'yum-factor' and my cousin had 'the best caesar salad' he'd ever eaten! I must admit it did look seriously good...  

Onto mains. 

I went for the market fish (pollack) with Jersey royals, clams and wild garlic. The fish, cooked to perfection, was incredible and for £14 was more than enough if not a larger portion than I was expecting! A creamy, light broth, like sauce was drizzled around it and a good scattering of clams made this an all-round good fishy dish. 

Mr D and my brother both went for the rabbit pasta which was delicious, although a little on the small side for the two boys but that's only if you're hungry! The pasta was perfectly cooked and the rabbit, succulent.

The duck leg was also winner, served with wilted greens and in a delicious gravy.

Some sides were ordered for the table which consisted of fries, smoked paprika and parmesan salt. These were (annoyingly) very more-ish. Also some carrots with wilted greens and manuka honey oil. Again another great little addition as the manuka oil added a lovely sweetness to the vegetables. 

We ordered two puds to taste between the table as we were all stuffed. A yummy raspberry panna cotta and a manuka honey and blueberry creme brûlée. Both were polished off pretty quickly, and utterly scrumptious!  

Over all a fantastic local which I am extremely excited about visiting again. Their brunch menu is highly recommended, as is booking... it gets very very busy.

510 Fulham Road, SW6 5NJ 
0207 736 7588

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Megan's Kings road...

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A new job offer and an engagement within my little group of London lovelies (girls I've met whilst living here), called for a dinner catch up at our favourite spot.

Megan's is an incredible little gem near Fulham Broadway, on the Kings Road, amongst furniture shops and boutiques which one can only dream of ever shopping day..maybe...probably not.

It's a deli and restaurant throughout the day from morning until late at night, but what is most fantastic about this place is its gorgeously romantic garden out back... As the evening light dims the fairy lights go on and candles are lit. In Summer months, when booking, please state that you want to sit out here as it is really magical!

Photo from megan's website
We settled down to a bottle of prosecco and lots of gossip, ring oo-ing and ahh-ing and general clinking of glasses to multiple celebrations.

The menu at night is 'fuss and fancy free'. Starters consist of anti-pasta, fish and other Mediterranean dishes. The mains are a selection of char-grilled meat and fish all served with a salad and match-stick chips. Steaks, salmon, octopus and skewers with their choice of four sauces (salsa verde, bernaise, garlic/parsley butter and a tomato and coriander salsa) all sat there glaring at me. So too did the sharing plates of bbq-ed chicken for 2 and also the Cote de boeuf. It's such a simple menu but it's seriously hard to chose from.

The delicious bread basket arrived as we were making our choices,  Grilled Milk & Honey Sourdough which, unlike many other restaurants, is complimentary and there is plenty of it.

Decisions made, two of the group settled on the bavette steaks with bernaise sauce, whilst myself and Miss L-J had the Tiger Prawns with salsa Verde. 

Six large butterflied prawns arrived and I certainly wasn't disappointed, nicely charred on the outside to give some added flavour they were otherwise left plain and were absolutely delicious! The salsa verde was perfect and added a good sharpness to the sweet prawns. The chips are in a word, amazing! So crunchy and moreish it's very hard not to ask for an extra portion for the table to be piggy, but the portion you get is more than enough.

On a couple of tables there were large birthday groups happily enjoying their enormous platters of anti pasta and mixed grills, all of which looked incredible.

Megan's is wonderful. Every time I come here I wonder why I haven't been more recently. A decent bottle of wine, main course and service, came to a fantastically reasonable £24pp. It has a wonderful atmosphere and will definitely be a place I'll be considering to host a birthday. If you're in the area make it a mini-mission to go here, it's a little bit of The Med in the heart of London. 

571 King's Rd  London SW6 2EB 020 7371 7837

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