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Time Out

Posted by Sara on February 16, 2010

02/06/2010 Time Out Cafe, 3-4 East street, BN1 1HP.

Another breakfast close to the sea, though this time at the Palace Pier end of the promenade.  Time Out is a fully licensed Cafe/Restaurant specialising in English breakfasts. There is space for eating outside but it is too cold and windy for that so we opt for a nice table by the window indoors. East Street is a busy place for shopping and can get quite crowded on Saturday afternoons but there is a nice relaxed feel to this cafe. Inside is softly lit and painted in muted orange and blue, with faded prints and large spider plants lining the walls.

Specials of the day include Fresh Mackerel or Sardines griddled in oil and seasalt and served with fresh veg and potatoes and salad for £6.95 or Broccoli and Stilton soup served with croutons and garlic bread for £3.95.

There are also a range of homemade cakes, sandwiches, pastas, pizzas and other luncheon treats on offer as well as an evening menu that starts at 6pm. We of course stick to breakfast. This time D decides on the Vegetarian, unable to resist the promise of a giant yorkshire pud, and I opt for the 100% Healthy Option, complete with grilled bacon, potato and scrambled eggs.

Both breakfasts come with drinks and toast. The coffee is hot, strong and filtered and service is good. As you can see from the photo’s, breakfast was a treat – and tasted as good as it looked, brimming with lovely home cooked flavours and textures. Extra nooky points awarded for the fantastically presented vegetarian – a cornucopia of goodness nestled in the most yummy giant yorkshire pudding we have ever had the pleasure of eating this far south of the border.

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West Beach Rock Cafe

Posted by Sara on February 5, 2010

30/01/2010 West Beach Rock Cafe, 135 Kings Road, BN1 2HX.

westbeachrockThe West Beach is a great place for a fry up with a view. This south facing cafe is just one big window that lets in all of the sun but none of the blustery sea air, so you can sit and bask in the sunshine while enjoying views over the West Pier.

Inside is crispy clean and brightly decorated in yellows and reds with various pictures of rock gods adorning the walls. There’s a flat screen telly (channel 4 + 1 with the sound down) for those who prefer soaps to seaside, and the chunky pine tables and chairs are comfy and homely.

To the left is a bar and a games room with more seating, big sofa’s and a pool table. Wi-fi is also available.

Background music is a selection of modern pop (Dido, Kylie, Rhiannon etc) which is a little disappointing as from the name we would have expected something a little more, well, rock. westbeachmeatyThe menu is a mix of lunchtime grills, main courses, salads and snacks, with a range of breakfasts on offer including French (with crepes) and Spanish (potatoes and omelette). There is also the All Day Special for £5.90 with drinks included. I opt for the Veggie and D the Meaty All-Dayer.

Service is very good, despite the place being busy. Tea and coffee arrive first in big white mugs. The coffee is hot and strong so I’m happy – and the tea looked good too. westbeachveggieAnd the food? Well this is our first fry up of 2010 so expectations are high. Luckily the West Beach doesn’t disappoint and breakfast is a treat. Everything tastes fresh and flavourful and is served piping hot. Bacon was crispy and home cooked tasting and D was especially pleased with his three sausages. As for the veggie – what can I say? The omlettes here are the best in Brighton I reckon  – chunky and cheesy with just enough gooiness and none of the stodge.

We like coming here for a nice relaxed breakfast by the sea but the West Beach also functions as a bar, restaurant and private hire venue. To have a look at their menu and check out what else they do, you can visit their web page at – www.westbeachrockcafe.co.uk

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The Dumb Waiter

Posted by Sara on September 17, 2009

05/09/2009 The Dumb Waiter, 28 Sydney St, BN1 4EP.

dumbwaiterThe Dumb Waiter is a regular of ours when we’re in the Laines. There are a wide range of reasonably priced breakfasts on offer with lots of extras giving you the opportunity to mix and match a tailor made fry up to suit any particular tastes, including plenty of vegan options too. The colourful decor outside extends inwards, with brightly stenciled walls  covered in posters and local artwork creating an arty, community feel perfect for ths side of town. There is also the choice of eating outside in the garden or in front of house. We choose to eat upstairs today, which is a nice and quiet area with a lovely big window giving us a great view of all the frenetic shopping going on down below.

DWMeatyYou order breakfast at the counter from a large chalkboard menu on the wall. I chose a veggie with coffee and D the meaty with tea. There is nothing negative to say about the service, which  is fast and friendly, though they rather foolishly waylaid D on his way back from the toilets and entrusted him with carrying the drinks to our table; inevitably resulting in a rather deadly trail of tea and coffee  snaking its way up the stairs.

DWVeggie

Breakfast is delicious. The meaty comes with mushrooms and chunky golden potato wedges.  The egg looks a treat, cooked sunny side up on a fried slice. The sausages are flavourful and overall D voted this breakfast one of the best so far.

insideDWPortions for both breakfasts are generous though I was wishing I had paid more attention to the menu and ordered an egg with mine – but technically speaking I suppose eggs aren’t really vegetarian. My bubble and squeak was a chunky, tasty addition and the veggie sausages are nice and spicy tasting.

Toilets are ok with plenty of reading material on the door to keep you occupied. Both breakfasts, complete with drinks, come to £12.60 which is fairly good value round these parts. We really like this place – it’s a friendly, relaxed place to enjoy a yummy breakfast with plenty of choice on offer.

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The Street

Posted by Sara on August 19, 2009

15.08.2009 The Street, St James St, Brighton.

thestreet Located about half way up – or down? – St James Street in Kemptown, The Street is a perennial favourite of ours due to a lovely outside garden eating space which makes a leisurely weekend fry up such a pleasure on a nice sunny day. Today was not so sunny so we opted to eat in instead. The cafe itself is spacious and bright with sparkly lights and glowing pink painted woodwork contrasting nicely with the bare stone walls and monochrome prints.

counterThe menu is standard Cafe fare, with toasted sandwiches and baguettes vying for your attention alongside jacket potatoes and pasta. Specials of the day included Homemade  Soup  with crusty bread and  Garlic or Lemon Chicken Roast with chips and coleslaw.

We of course order breakfast, I have the Veggie Monty with extra mushrooms and Dan the Full Meaty Version with extra black pudding. Feeling especially peckish we also opt for a sneaky bowl of chips on the side. Both breakfasts cost £4.25 with mushrooms and blackpudding an additional 85p.

The Street Meaty

The Street Meaty

Drinks are extra and we both order coffee. The coffee is delicious –  piping hot, filtered and served in big round white china. Condiments on offer were the standard ketchup, mustard and brown sauce. Despite it being a busy Saturday lunchtime, the food arrives quick so we tuck in.

The Street Veggie Breakfast
The Street Veggie Breakfast

Eggs were served sunny side up and crispy round the edges and had just the right amount of gooeyness. I liked the veggie sausages and the hash browns were nice and crispy. My tomato, well half tomato, must have been the smallest I have ever been served but though it was small it tasted just fine. Dan liked the meaty stuff but was eyeing my extra egg and sausages with envy.

We had to wait a little extra for the chips but they were worth it. Served up piping hot and cooked just perfect they were like a deliciously sumptous too hot bath that you know can’t be good for you but you can’t help wallowing in just the same. Service was very friendly and attentive and overall this was a tasty, good quality fry up – just beware the hole in the toilets.

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Kensington Cafe

Posted by Sara on July 26, 2009

20.07.2009 Kensington Cafe, Kensington Gardens, North Laine, Brighton.

kensentranceSituated smack bang in the Laines and enjoying it’s own special outside balcony space to boot, this gem of a cafe is a prime spot for people watching and is always bustling.

We thought it’d be a good idea to test drive Kensington’s fry ups during a weekday so, making good use of a quiet monday morning off work, we make our way to the Laines where, behind a tiny doorway up a brightly coloured flight of stairs, we ascend into the cafe proper.

Inside is cosy with brightly coloured walls contrasting nicely with the bare woodmygodmanwatchoutforthesoldiers floors giving the cafe a  homely, bohemian feel. There’s a nice balcony outside where you can eat and watch all the frenetic shopping going on in the Laines below, but we were happy making use of the muted lighting and comfy big wooden booths indoors.

Music was an eclectic mix of the mellow, Sinatra / REM , to the not so mellow but nookytastic Placebo and QOTSA. Staff are very welcoming and friendly and there is a nice laid back feel to the place.

Well what about the grub? Having worked up an appetite from walking up the stairs we decide to order the Big breakfasts – I order the big Veggie and Dan the Big Meaty. Both are £5.15 with toast and tea or coffee included – making them excellent value. There are smaller breakfasts on offer at £3.95 and a vegan option, as well as the usual assortment of salads, jacket potatoes, chip n dips and burgers.

kensbigmeatyone Breakfast is soon served so we tuck in. I opted for scrambled eggs this time and they were deliciously light, fluffy and eggy tasting. The veggie bacon was also a welcome addition. Coffee was filtered hot and strong and served in a big mug. D particularly liked the sausages and said his fried eggs were cooked perfect with just the right amount of gooeyness. The only quibble is that we both thought the food could have been served a little hotter.

kensbigveggieAll in all a really good value fry up in the heart of Brighton’s best shopping district and a fun place to eat, relax and watch the world go by.

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Harry’s English Restaurant

Posted by Sara on May 25, 2009

22.05.2009 Harry’s English Restaurant, Church Street Hove.

With the word restaurant in it’s name we may be moving a tad too upmarket for a decent fry up – but fear not, this is Hove after all and Harry’s English Restaurant has been earning a reputation for serving up great British breakfasts since the 90’s. Established in 1990 Harry’s is a family run business that specialises in wholesome traditional grub, using locally sourced ingredients and renowned for their generous portions. There is an array of breakfasts on offer, including porridge, pancakes and posh salmon as well as the traditional fry up and breakfast is served up till 4pm. If you don’t fancy breakfast there are also a range of light meals, main meals and delicious desserts – specials of the day when we visited included Homemade Cottage Pie and Grilled Crayfish with Avocado salad. They are licensed too with a range of beers and wines on offer.

inside harrys

But what about the breakfast? I ordered the Veggie – two eggs, mushrooms, grilled tomatoes, beans, fried slice, hash browns and toast (£6.80) and Dan ordered the Greedy – which is a traditional breakfast of bacon, egg, pork & sage sausage, mushrooms, tomatoes (or beans) and toast with extra black pudding and fried slice (£7.60). Coffee or tea is included in the price and allegedly includes one top up – though we’ve been here twice now and that’s not happened so, unlike in the good Ol’ US of A, I suspect the traditional English top up is one you need to make a point of asking for.

harrysmeat

The food soon arrives and is attractively laid out on big china plates. The portions, though not humongous, are fair sized and though you only get one slice of toast, the brown bread at least is of door stopper proportions. The eggs were cooked perfect and looked a treat as did the mushrooms. The fried slice was deliciously deadly as it always is and my only quibble is I would have preferred proper hash browns. Dan particularly liked the bacon and the generous slice of black pudding; this being the greedy breakfast he would have also preferred another slice of toast. All in all we both agreed the food was of high quality. Condiments on offer were top name brands.

harry's veggie

There is a nice relaxed ambience helped along by Blondie, the Buggles and David Bowie playing in the background and we were seated in a lovely sunny position just by the window. The inside is simple and tasteful; aqua marine walls combined with bare wooden floors to create an unpretentious relaxed family feel. For those who like a bit of visual stimulation while they eat, the high ceilings and collection of Art Deco mirrors provide  points of interest. Toilets are ok and come complete with baby changing facilities. Understandably this place can get very busy over lunch times so be warned but if you are ever in need of a breakfast in Hove we would definitely recommend this one. For more information on Harry’s and to check out their menu – click HERE.


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