In honor of breakfast week I have put together a list of some of my personal favorite breakfast spots across London (ok mostly West London). Enjoy!
A lovely Turkish Pide restaurant from restaurateur Alan Yau of Wagamamas and Hakkasan. Babaji is Alan’s homage to his Turkish wife (aww) and the food is authentic, the menu pretty extensive for Turkish breakfast options and the restaurant a cool mesh of blue tiles and Turkish accents located on the intersection of Wardour Street and Shaftesbury Avenue across 3 floors.
Options range from Pides (as the name would suggest), Turkish eggs from the regional staples of Menemen, fried eggs with sucuk sausage and Cilbir (poached eggs served in greek yoghurt and chilli oil – a personal favorite) as well as various mezze, cheese and fresh jam options.
Address: 53 Shaftesbury Ave, London W1D 6LB Website: http://www.babaji.com.tr Dietary considerations: Vegetarian Friendly. Some Halal options
Zeit & Zaatar
Zeit & Zaatar is a traditional Lebanese bakery offering all types of mana’eesh (Lebanese pizzaesque concoctions).
This has been a beloved spot of mine for years since it first opened. From days as a poor student trying to make a fiver stretch as far as possible. I’ve sampled most Lebanese bakery eateries in West London and this is by far my favorite due to the combination of perfect thickness of the bread (I don’t like it too thick), the za’tar ratio, the type of Halloumi used and the excellent service. Don’t expect a flashy restaurant – this is a small family owned bakery with a few tables outside and now an extension inside allowing for more tables. My favorite weekend orders here are the sojouk mana’eesh (Lebanese spicy sausage and cheese ‘pizza’ – I normally hate sausages but sojouk is exempt – taste it to understand why), mint tea and finished up with a Nutella and pistachio sweet ‘pizza’.
Address: 354 Uxbridge Road, Shepherds Bush, London, W12 7LL
Dietary Considerations: Vegetarian friendly. Fully Halal
From the name behind Jackson and Rye in Soho, Limeyard in Ealing Broadway is an all day American kitchen serving up wonderful breakfasts and weekend brunches in a very cool setting with exposed piping, rustic wooden chairs, smart booths and a general yardesque vibe. My favorite option here is the Green Yard which consists of grilled halloumi, spiced beans, grilled tomatoes, kale, poached eggs, watercress hollandaise, spincah and toast. Yes it is as good as it sounds. Heuvos Rancheros, Avo on toast, pancakes and other staples are also on offer.
Address: Ealing Broadway Shopping Centre, 8 High St, London W5 5DB
Dietary Considerations: Vegetarian friendly. No Halal meat served
Back to the Lebanese bakery variety of food (I really can’t get enough) for this rugged, no nonsense, self service style bakery in the middle of an industrial estate in North Acton. What this place lacks in glamour it makes up for in value for money and glorious comfort food. The usual Lebanese ‘pizzas’ and wraps are offered here as well as a selection of starters from the ‘deli’ section (term used liberally here). The large bread tunnel oven with open flames is visible for all to see behind the counter– rolled out ‘pizza’ bases with toppings from cheese, ground meat and za’tar sit on a long wooden plank and are inserted into the oven. A few minutes later and beautiful mana’eesh emerge ready to devour – a traditional breakfast staple across the Middle East. My typical order here consists of ground lamb (kofta) and green chilli ‘pizza’ and a mixed cheese and za’tar ‘pizza’. Also – tea here is free and unlimited; you just have to make it yourself. This is a cheap eat MUST (also featured on my top 10 cheap eats in London post here).
Address: 7 Standard Road, London NW10 6EX
Dietary Considerations: Vegetarian friendly. Fully Halal
Dishoom of course needs no introduction as it has taken London by storm these past few years and continues to expand its empire across the capital. This Irani-Bombay style café is great any time of day but breakfast here is a treat with their chili toast, Bombay omlettes, Akuri eggs and unlimited masala chai (as well as the usual boring health porridge options – jazzed up in quintessential Dishoom flair). My favorite branch is undoubtedly the Kings X branch located in a converted Warehouse and designed like an old Railway station its larger and less stuffy then some of the other branches.
Address: 5 Stable St, London N1C 4AB Website: www.dishoom.com
Dietary Considerations: Vegetarian friendly. Halal however bacon is served during breakfast.
For anyone like me who can happily eat only sweet items and cake for breakfast then I present WA Café – an independent Japanese patisserie in Ealing Broadway that is chic in a New York meets Tokyo sort of way with a visually stunning display of the various options on offer from their choux tarts, gateau’s, cheesecakes and soufflé’s. WA Café has also gained a following for its slightly unusual egg and mayo doughnuts and curry buns. Macha lattes and green teas also in plentiful supply.
Address: 32 Haven Green, Ealing, Greater London W5 2NX
A London favorite for fans of Arabic food, the Syrian restaurant has withstood the test of time and boasts three branches in London now from its humble origins in Shepherds Bush. The latest branch is in West Ealing and is the largest, cleanest and smartest of them all. This branch serves up a great Sunday breakfast buffet offering the regional breakfast favorites of mezze options, falafel, pastries, thin saaj pizza’s with a range of toppings made fresh at the saaj station, unlimited coffee, tea and orange juice. It is great value for a miniscule £8.95 per person and £4 for children. The breakfast buffet starts a little in true Arab style at 11am but I guarantee you will be full for the rest of the day.
Address: 20-22 Broadway, London W13 0SU
Dietary Requirements: Fully Halal. Vegetarian friendly.