Named after a cult 80s movie, the Breakfast Club near London’s Liverpool Street station is going for that cult, Shoreditch, trying hard to be alternative kind of vibe. Its website is like a computer game – again, an 80s version – and inside, the décor is almost overwhelmingly on trend, from the ‘sex, drugs and bacon rolls’ neon sign in one corner, to the collage of photos as you walk in. There’s even a secret bar that you access by opening a retro fridge – inside the fridge instead of shelves there is actually a flight of stairs leading downstairs.
All that was possibly a bit much when I went in one morning for breakfast with colleagues, having already been in the office since 5am. But it is definitely more interesting than your average restaurant!
I ordered the apple and cinnamon French toast (£7.50) which was very tasty; thick slices of bread that were not too soggy and served with roasted apples on the side. Next time I’d probably have the posh sausage sandwich which as well as sausage has smoked Applewood cheese, Portobello mushroom (which I’d ask to be left out) and red onion chutney on a crusty roll. Or maybe the American pancakes… or the eggs royale with fried potatoes…. There’s a lot of choice, and that’s just the breakfast menu!
The lunch and dinner menu has a wide range from salads (with silly names like ‘You’ve got Kale’) to burritos, pulled pork sandwiches, chilli, lots of burgers (including a vegetarian option called ‘don’t have a cow’) and various late breakfast options (this is the Breakfast Club, after all). I enjoyed my breakfast here and while it didn’t completely blow me away, I would come back for lunch and try something else on the menu some time.