Yesterday morning was a bit of a food extravaganza.
We went out to Brighton’s North Laines and Lanes and amongst other things found a little cake decorating shop http://www.angelfoodbakery.co.uk/ to supply Lovely Daughter with wafer flowers for her cupcakes.
Admired a stack of macaroon pyramids – you know you’ve had a classy day out when you pass one of these.
Best of all had a midday brunch in
This is a cosy café on a corner of Kensington Gardens. Inside, everything is old fashioned dark wood against bright white cups and plates. It’s a bit narrow and the tables are really packed in together, but hey, it’s popular. You can also sit outside if you want, but as there was a bit of a wind tunnel effect going on, we chose not to.
I was only having coffee, with no food planned, as I’d already been invited out to lunch at 2pm. So I had a Mocha instead. It arrived in a tall mug with loads of froth on the top and tasted very morning friendly as far as I was concerned. I like my coffees a bit weaker in the morning, out of consideration for all the rest of the caffeine I will probably be loading into my system later in the day, and this was perfect – a little bit coffee, a little bit chocolate, a little bit sweet, a lot creamy and very satisfying.
Lovely Daughter had the Full English. Breakfast was a choice between English Full or Veggie, various pastries, and some different flavours of Eggs Benedict, which was the dish of choice of practically everyone around us. I think I will give this a go next time. It was gorgeously presented, as was the giant adult’s pasta meal that the table next to us had ordered for their two year old. (Why do people do that?)
Our food arrived within 10 minutes, and that included watching it do two circuits of the room with the mantra “Which one is table 14?” being incanted over the top of it. They may have been confused by the fact that there was only one plate and two of us at the table. I’ve often shared dishes in the past when Lovely Daughters were younger, and still do because restaurant portions, and especially pub portions, are quite often HUGE. Restaurant staff can be a bit sour about this, but they were fine with it at the Cafe Délice, the waitress asking whether we wanted extra cutlery to share, which was nice.
I got the bits that Lovely Daughter doesn’t like, ie the tomato and the mushrooms, which were fresh and well cooked, although the mushrooms were a bit bland and could have done with some butter. I also got some of Lovely Daughter’s bacon and sausage, which she couldn’t finish. Both were good quality, the sausage being both herby and meaty, and the bacon was crisp and delicious.
Clearing up and the arrival of the bill were swift and efficient. I wouldn’t say that waiter friendliness was a stand out feature, but on the other hand, I’m there to eat, not to supplement my social life. So long as the staff are generally competent and aware, which they were, I’m happy.
The bill for two drinks and one breakfast to share came to just £12.90, which you can’t fault. And I have to say that even though it was only supposed to be breakfast for one, when I arrived for my lunch at 2pm, I wasn’t really hungry at all.