Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Breakfast at Honey & Co, London

A stone’s throw away from Warren Street tube lies Honey & Co, a little gem which could have just flown in from the Middle East, happily ready to serve traditional dinners, lunch, and of course - breakfast.

With connections to chefs who have worked at Ottolenghi and Nopi, I had high hopes for this little Israeli café and I’d heard really good things about its breakfasts.

The dainty café is bright and airy, with gorgeous blue and white patterned tiles and the smell of spice and yeast hanging in the air. I took a seat at a tiny table – one of about eight – at opening time one mid-week morning, and while it was quiet with only a few other people ordering takeaway coffee I would imagine it would be rather a tight squeeze with a full house.

While small, it definitely has character; with a gorgeous window display of cakes, cereal and flowers, and inside one wall is adorned with a large bookcase full of jams, chutneys, spice blends and the café’s very own cook book.

I waited for my friend and ordered a coffee and studied the Middle Eastern inspired breakfast menu.

My taste buds hadn't quite woken up to chili, olives and tomatoes, so I nibbled on an onion and feta pastry concoction (that I couldn’t pronounce never mind type) from the counter.

Once my friend arrived we ordered. I decided on the burnt potato and feta burekka with tahini and a hard boiled Legbar egg (6.00), while my friend order the sabiche which is aubergine, tahini and an a rather unusual looking egg (6.50).

The burekka was like a slightly spiced Cornish pasty filled with feta and potato and the tahini was a delight – if a little strange for breakfast. But the vibrant hard boiled egg made it just about acceptable for my first meal of the day.

It was really tasty, and very substantial, but my only problem is eating pastry that time in the morning didn’t do me much good and by the time I arrived in the office I needed a nap. I probably should have gone for something lighter and kept the baked goods for a brunch opportunity.

My friend’s aubergine – again not your conventional breakfast choice – was impressive. A sight for sleep-deprived eyes and I was told pleasantly spiced and aromatic.

I thought the prices were reasonable for a sit-in breakfast, but the cakes (around the 4.00 mark), were a little steep.


That said, with the likes of toasted fig, walnut and orange loaf with marmalade (4.5) on the menu as well as dreamy little pots of yogurt, fruit, homemade jam and Ashura cereal (5.5), I will definitely be heading back as they sound delicious, and also perhaps a bit more traditional for first thing in the morning.