I have a little bit of a confession to make, if you hadn’t guessed before, I’m a bit obsessed with the 80s (in the words of my mother “No shit Sherlock“) just not in a Calvin Harris kinda way…
Yes the fashion was awful, the hairstyles were even more awful and some of the music is cheesier than a block of Wensleydale but 80s cult movies like The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink and Back to the Future etc are some of my guilty pleasures. Being a 90s kid, I feel like I should have been born a decade earlier but then again, I’m glad that the perm has never come back in fashion.
Anyways, The Breakfast Club Cafe in Spitalfields has always been on my list of things to do, so minus the leg warmers, we took a trip up there on Saturday to see what all the hype was about.
Firstly I’m glad that the sun decided to stick around because the queue went along the back wall at the entrance and out of the door when we got there, but it was definitely worth the wait.
The first cafe opened in the heart of Soho back in 2005 and is the brain child of two genuine 80s kids, who also happen to love the best (and the most important, kids!) meal of the day. Combine the two and BOOM, you get breakfast served in an American diner style setting, surrounded by childhood memorabilia with the likes of Blondie, Michael Jackson and Duran Duran playing in the background.
A second cafe popped up two years later in Camden Passage, Angel with further openings in Hoxton, Spitalfields and most recently Battersea Rise in South London. A sixth shop is due to open in London Bridge in 2014.
The menu is of course littered with 80s puns and references, When Haloumi Met Salad, Ham so Eggcited, Rocking the Kasbah burger and Hot Chocolate- You Sexy Thing while the cheeky ‘A’ Board slogans and the neon Sex and Drugs and Bacon Rolls sign are guaranteed to put a smile on your face.
While the menu is of course dedicated to breakfast, there’s something for everyone. Your classic fry-up and Bloody Mary for those feeling a little delicate after a night out, Eggs Benedict or a burrito for a lunchtime snack, burgers for those going all out and porridge, Greek style yoghurt and muesli for the health freaks. Portion sizes are very generous so if you’ve built up an appetite while wandering around Spitalfields Market, you’ll soon be satisfied and the prices of the meals average at around £7/£8. The BC in Spitalfields is open from 7.30am during the week for early bird commuters and stays open till midnight Thursday-Saturday. Brinner anyone?
Seriously don’t let the queue put you off, the staff are friendly and service is quick without feeling like you’re being shoved out of the door. The polaroids and other quirks dotted around the entrance are enough to keep you amused while waiting anyhow whether you’re a brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess or a criminal…
I’ll stop with the 80s quotes now.