Sunday, 8 June 2014

Blandford’s café – Marylebone

Italian cuisine probably has more influence on the diet of an average Brit than any other. So many Italian foods are staples both at home and when eating out. However, when it comes to breakfast Italian isn’t necessarily the first thing that comes to mind. Blandford’s, just around the corner from Madame Tussauds is trying to change that. The former greasyspoon café was taken over by an Italian lady 3 or 4 years ago and whilst the décor and exterior have changed only a little during that time, the menu has been transformed. Pizzas are the popular choice at lunchtime, but before that is an Italian inspired breakfast/brunch menu that will get your mouth watering.

But before that, what else but a cappuccino? Expertly made with Illy coffee beans, it is up to Italian standards, which means it is one of the best that you will find in London.

I ordered the Focaccia breakfast, which consists of two poached eggs, bacon, tomato and avocado served with homemade Focaccia bread. £8.50 pays for the quality fresh ingredients they use here, it was worth every penny. Nicely presented on the plate to represent ‘il Tricolore’ with the green, white and red, the bacon was thick-cut and meaty and the poached eggs were perfectly cooked. The avocado was ripe with a loving creamy texture and the tomato was packed with fresh flavour. The bread added a great crunchy bite and the whole plate was dressed with delicious extra virgin olive oil.
The verdict
The Italian have brought us pizza, they have brought us pasta and Blandford’s is bringing us Italian breakfast, get down there and try it!


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