For me the gold standard of a brunch is the cooked breakfast. Will the scrambled eggs be “nuked”? Will the cooked tomatoes actually be cooked and if so will they have any taste? Will the bangers be too full of bread and not much pork and then there’s the coffee to consider. The list goes on and on…believe me when I say that breakfast is an exact science. Eggs can overcook or go cold in the blink of an eye. A restaurant packed with “brunchers”, hungry for eggs is a daunting task.
Alors! Côte’s full English comprises: a pork sausage, back bacon, a grilled plum tomato, two eggs, button mushrooms and toast. I opted for scrambled eggs and they were perfect. Suprisingly they were not microwaved, this must be one of the only places in Kensington that actually scrambles their eggs. It’s really not difficult and the result was creamy, fluffy, delicious eggs…… full marks! The tomatoes were tasty and properly cooked, the fat on the bacon was crispy and the sausage was one of the best I’ve had. Packed with pork and herbs and full of flavour. However, the toast was a real let down, bog standard sliced bread, not properly toasted, chewy and damp, it didn’t match the standard of the rest of the meal.
We also tried the Crêpe Complète, a traditional Breton crêpe folded to lovingly embrace two perfectly fried eggs and bacon. A touch of béchamel sauce and the crowning glory…..grated Gruyère cheese it was delicious and a welcome and unusual twist to a menu that can suffer from universal sameness. Also on offer is sauage/bacon baguette, eggs benedict and croque monsieur/madame.
The coffee is sublime and joy of joys it’s served in a normal sized cup. So, you can have two deliciously hot coffees instead of a bucket of tepid, diluted slop that is served in too many restaurants.
Breakfast is personal, everyone has their preferences and Côte suits mine perfectly.
Full English Breakfast £7.50
Crêpe Complète £5.90
Café Americain £1.95
47, Kensington Court
London W8 5DA
020 7938 4784
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