An Excellent Fry-Up!
Bishopsgate Kitchen (London)
Member Name: nilo0901
Bishopsgate Kitchen (London)
Advantages: Great food, good atmosphere and service
Disadvantages: A wee bit expensive
Bishopsgate kitchen is situated just off Bishopsgate near Spitalfield Market and a few minutes walk from Liverpool Street Station. It is in the heart of the bustling city and owned by Benugo's, a chain of other eateries across London. Although serving lunch and diner i think it's main catering is for breakfast and one day after a wedding with heavy heads we decided to go there before boarding a train.
It has a feel of a classic, rustic British kitchen with traditional wooden tables and chairs and classic crockery from enamel white mugs with a blue rim to mock ivory handled cutlery. It's a busy looking place with jars and cooking implements adorning the walls and surfaces. At one end is a busy open kitchen where you can see the food being prepared. In the center of the room is a long table that seats 2 rows of diners facing once another.. At the end of which is a classic toaster for toasting your own bread if wanted which was a nice touch. We were a group of 6 people so were sat in one of their individual corner tables.
Service was friendly and efficient. We were politely shown to our seats and orders taken quickly as I had mentioned we were under a bit of time pressure with a train to catch. I ordered a white coffee and a full English - the latter being pretty steep in my opinion at £10.50 and the coffee wasn't even included!
The food arrived in good time and was presented excellently. It arrived served in a small, black iron frying pan on a rustic wooden board and was sizzling hot. All ingredients are locally sourced and were of an excellent quality. The egg was a ducks egg and cooked perfectly with the perfect yolk, sausages were small but flavoursome classic cumberlands, bacon was incredibly crispy and moreish and the black pudding crispy and very tasty. Served with this feast also came a slice of typically rustic toast and a fried tomato, mushroom and served in a side dish, homemade baked beans. My only grumble was that no butter was provided with the bread but this aside, it was one of the best fry ups I've ever had. Everything was very fresh and not too greasy or fatty - you could really notice the quality of the ingredients over your usual greasy spoon muck.
I also tasted my wife's Eggs Benedict as she couldn't finish it and this too was very good. The egg was poached and succulent and runny inside on top of a perfectly toasted muffin with tangy hollandaise sauce.
The coffee was also very fresh an an excellent blend - not too potent but enough to give you a kick.
As mentioned before, service was very good. It lacked an overall spark and I wouldn't say went out of their way to be friendly but did what try did efficiently and well. They cleared plates very quickly and in general the cleanliness was excellent. This was particularly apparent in the lavatory which was immaculately clean. Also here was again attention to rustic detail in their choice of wall tiling.
This was one of the best breakfasts I have had and the atmosphere and environment was also very good. It was on the expensive side of things with a group of 6 people having breakfast coming in at £13 per head but I guess you pay for what you get and this was high end quality produced cooked and presented excellently. I will definitely go again when a full English is calling..
Summary: An excellent place for breakfast in the city