IT’S NO WONDER BREAKFAST IS SO MANY people’s favourite meal of the day. All those flavour combinations from salty bacon and eggs to sweet cereal, and the chance to shamelessly overload on hot buttered toast and melting croissants without feeling guilty.
So why do we end up skipping it so often? The next time you have morning-after-the-night-before gossip to catch up on, or you want to start your shopping day in a rather civilised way, then make a beeline for Bohemia’s hotel-style breakfast, served in their chic bar.
Breakfast at Bohemia. Maybe it’s the alliteration, maybe it’s got something to do with the super sleek relaxed atmosphere, but it just rolls off the tongue. Rather like the high grade maple syrup that comes with their breakfast pancakes. From first thing until 10.30am every day of the week, Bohemia serves an amazing hotel-style breakfast, from cereals to a full English and everything in between. And there’s the hard decision – do you go for your pick of the continental spread, all croissants, chopped fruit, exclusive cheeses and delicious hams, or do you go all out and order one of their cooked breakfasts, featuring the best local ingredients served in delicious Bohemia style? You’ll have to ponder that one for yourself, preferably over a cafetière of coffee and a fresh juice. After all, breakfast is the most important meal of the day..
If you’re going for the healthy option there are bowls of perfectly-chopped fruit, Classic Herd yoghurt and mini cereals for you to come up with your own favourite breakfast combination. Not a fan of fruit? No problem. There are some amazing cheese and ham choices, specially selected by the chef, and baskets full of freshly-baked croissants and pastries. It’s the sort of breakfast you’d never make for yourself, which means it’s even more special when you’re enjoying it at Bohemia, sitting by the windows in one of their chic new leather chairs. Of course, you could just keep it continental, but we defy you not to be distracted by the right hand side of the menu with its mouth-watering cooked breakfast suggestions. It’s like a roll call of perfect brunch and breakfast options – Eggs Benedict, an American-style sausage, bacon and pancake breakfast, then there’s scrambled eggs and smoked salmon on brioche, and an impressive Bohemia-style full English or Irish breakfast.
As you’d expect at Bohemia, everything – from the crisp white tablecloths down to the presentation of the food – is perfectly executed. Our American breakfast came with the lightest, fluffiest pancakes you could imagine, crispy bacon, two local pork sausages, fried eggs and a huge jug of super high grade maple syrup. The Canadians have got it just right with their bacon and maple syrup combination and if you’re a fan of that salty sweet vibe, this will hit the spot. My breakfast date was a pancake connoisseur and pronounced them the best American-style pancakes she’d ever tasted. And in true Bohemia-style, you can even ask for ketchup to go with your local pork sausages and the waiter won’t raise an eyebrow. That’s service for you. I couldn’t resist the Eggs Benedict – and I wasn’t disappointed. The perfect mouthful of salty, eggy, muffiny goodness, it’s no wonder it’s so many people’s favourite posh brunch choice. The eggs came perfectly poached – just the right side of runny – and the Hollandaise sauce was divine. You can tell it’s from the Bohemia kitchen, it’s a chance to enjoy the best local ingredients prepared perfectly.
If you want to catch up with a friend, Made in Chelsea-style complete with dramatic revelations (there’s great wifi so you can keep your eye on Facebook status updates), or just get your weekend off to the most amazing start, we can’t think of anything better than spending an hour or two having a lazy breakfast in Bohemia. Their leather chairs are hard to leave, especially when you’ve got a cafetière of coffee and a perfectly mixed tomato juice in front of you. And the good news is that you don’t even have to move into The Club to enjoy this breakfast (although it would be nice). With Bohemia’s breakfast menu you can start any day as if you’re on holiday…