Best Part: The Extensive Menu!
To say the menu is extensive is akin to saying that ‘Mysterious Cities of Gold’ goes on a bit. This wouldn’t matter so much if there weren’t so many enticing options on the double sided A3 menu. The combinations of Egg, Bacon and Carbohydrates are enough to keep a student of permutation groups happy until they found a seat on a Sunday. I dithered, I prevaricated, I was sure I knew what I wanted then doubt began to creep in again. Eventually I settled on something from their 9 item long ‘Rarebit’ menu (catchphrase = ‘A Little Bit More Than Just Posh Cheese on Toast’. I’ll say).
I went for their Trademark (literally) ‘Black Magic Rarebit’, which consisted of fat potato cakes mixed with smoky bacon, topped with slabs of black pudding, further topped with rare bit sauce, then if that wasn’t enough they chucked a fried egg on. It was thick and stodgy, but in the most wonderful way, and each mouthful gave a little jolt of pleasure from the wonderful inter-mingling of flavours. It was a pity I had visited a world food buffet the day before and still felt quite full. In fact I probably didn’t need the side order of chips I ordered, which came in a super generous portion, though at the end of the day it was a large quantity of fairly standard chips. Luckily, during my long period of wandering around the menu I had at the last minute talked myself out of the cheese and bacon topped chips. Some sanity was still to be found.
My partner in buffeting had a similarly superfluous but damnably tasty veggie breakfast burrito, accompanied by bubble & squeak bites. They certainly bubbled and squeaked but not this occasion didn’t have quite enough bite. She would have preferred a bit more onion or pepper. However the burrito surpassed expectation. It was a super exciting combination of robust flavours with a crunchy yet creamy texture. What a wonderful achievement. Mrs Midweek Lunch also expressed some regret that her greed at the World Food Buffet the previous day stopped her from finishing the burrito. Hey, we all make mistakes and one feels less foolish making them with someone else.
To drink I had a Nuttella Milkshake from the specials board, my wife had a healthier juice smoothie. These were once again presented in large enough quantities for no-one but the most Mid-Westerly of Americans to feel short-changed by. Even better, the foam on top was so thick I was able to amuse myself whilst we waited crafting it into a sort of nuttella foam mountain (see below).
The Breakfast is a cosy establishment with warm wooden tones and a mismatched chair/table theme going on. It is not slick and grey but homely. This must help its popularity amongst people with thick heads after a night of drinking – they serve Berocca to perk you up too!
To summarise, very pleasant food, very agreeable portion sizes, more than fair pricing and very friendly and welcoming staff. You can understand why this place is the popular St Albans weekend institution it has become. My advice, take a day of work, have a lie-in then head here for a superb brunch. Though possibly don’t do it with a belly still full of all-you-can-eat Dim Sum and Waffles.