Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Up the Gherkin, London

You won't find a more striking spot for breakfast. But, unfortunately, you won't get much of a breakfast up the Gherkin, 30 St Mary Axe, London. I ordered eggs benedict. I got egg benedict. One lonely egg. On a raw muffin. With a muffin garnish.

eggs gherkin

Despite some rather spiffing names - "Irish back bacon sandwich" and "Appleton pork sausage sandwich with caramelised red onion and mustard" - I fear the food is all rather ordinary. I'm told the bacon sarnie tasted good, but it wasn't much to look at. Just a couple of bits of mangy-looking bacon in a toasted baguette. Pastry or toast might be safer options. And maybe a glass of pomegranate juice?

Did I mention the striking views? 360 degrees of London skyline for your viewing pleasure, weather permitting. And you even get to sit down in style. No flimsy little cafe chairs here. Just a nice selection of Arne Jacobsen Swan Chairs, in a lovely shade of grey.

12/20 "nice view, weather permitting"



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eeeeew - the bacon looks under done too!

How are you faring on the coffee front? Acceptable cappucino's abound? Apparently there's a place called Flat White, run by a couple of Kiwis, that does a cuppa like we're used to.

Name: Flat White
Address: 17 Berwick Street, Soho
Phone: 020 7734 4384
Times: Open Monday to Saturday from 8:00 to 17:00

23/8/06 10:15  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Flat White cafe is awesome! If you miss the cafe culture of Oz or NZ, head to Flat White.

There's also Scooterworks on Lower Marsh Road, Waterloo. It's a scooter repair shop combined with a cafe. The owners and from NZ and Italy, and do an excellent latte. Service can be poor, and they only serve drinks (no food). Close to Waterloo Station.

I've also heard that Kika cafe in Highbury has a really lovely atmosphere.

5/9/06 20:29  
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