Monday, 8 June 2015

Breakfast at Bel-Air, London

This bright and breezy little takeaway in East London provides a breath of fresh air for breakfast or lunch.

While Bel-Air isn't a sit-down cafe, picking up one of their build-your-own Breakfast Pots or colourful salads to take back to the office really improves my day. I'm a sucker for its sunshine yellow stripes and 'sunny everyday' stickers on the cardboard cartons brimming with vegetable goodness which I cling on to as I scurry back to my desk.

In 2014, Bel-Air founder Andrew Bredon was in LA trying to escape the English winter and he came up with the idea to bring Californian, fresh, healthy food back to with him to London. Bel-Air was born and with it, a taste for healthy yet exciting meals for breakfast and lunch.

For breakfast try a courgette hash with smoked paprika and scrambled eggs (£4.25) or a msucle beach pot with grilled steak smokey spinach, sweet potato hash and a poached egg (£7.45).

Or more simply build-your-own with granola, raw oats or buckwheat and almond porridge (£2.00-£2.95). All three include one topping, but for an extra 50p, go wild and help yourself to as many as you like. Toppings include goji berries, raw cocoa nibs, matcha powder, nuts and seeds.

Small but mighty

And don't forget to try and come back for their beautiful salad boxes as well as a number of hot dishes like ginger and chili crab cakes or black quinoa and goats cheese risotto.

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