A few weeks ago, my OH and I ventured out for some brunch at St Giles Cafe. We’d eaten there only once before when it was under the previous management. I liked it then and I like it now. The veggie options are a little limited, especially if you’re fussy like me, but I’m pleased to see a few veggie options on their evening menu – a perfect excuse to go back and sample those, especially as they do Crème Brûlée as a desert!
Naturally, I opted for my favourite breakfast of all time – pancakes! But this time, it was blueberry pancakes. I can’t remember if I asked to swap the bacon for a fried egg or just asked for no bacon, and an egg on the side, but either way, it was no bother to make the pancakes veggie.
The pancakes were really tasty – slightly crispy on the outside, which I love, though they were a little moist on the inside. I’m not sure if it was because of the blueberries or if that’s just how they do them. The egg was slightly overcooked, but I’d rather it overcooked than undercooked. I was also pleased that the maple syrup came in a jug for me to pour over my food too. I hate it when someone else pours it on for me and doesn’t give me any extra to add myself! Nevertheless, it was all really tasty and we enjoyed a cafetière of coffee while we were waiting for our food and doing some great people watching.
I really like what they’ve done with decor too. Before, it was really quite basic. But now, it’s got a lovely vintage feel. They’ve added little vintage bits and pieces around the place, including the loo downstairs! It feels like the perfect place to spend a few hours, catching up with friends, reading a good book or just drinking pots of tea while watching the world go by.
When I go back next time, I’d really like to try their homemade bread with jams. A few other customers had that & it looks delicious. But then I’d also like to mix & match my own breakfast, maybe start with an English Muffin, add an egg, some mushrooms and tomatoes and a potato pancake or two… Delicious!
Have you been? What did you have? What’s your favourite place to eat breakfast in Oxford?
Despite having lived in Oxford for 3 years and close by in Abingdon for another 3, there are still loads of places we haven’t eaten. Door 74 is one of those places. I couldn’t tell you how many times I’ve walked by but for some reason, never been in. We’ve heard lots of good things about it, and lots of people rate it as a great place to eat. So we decided to give it a try.
We went for brunch after checking to see what the veggie options were. They do a very good veggie breakfast that comes with everything the English breakfast does, but with the addition of a carrot fritter and a salad, instead of the meat. In total is consisted of bubble & squeak, fried egg, toast, tomato, mushroom, beans, carrot fritter & salad.
Normally, I’m not a fan of anything other than a vegetarian version of the English breakfast. However, this was excellent. Everything was cooked to perfection, seasoned well and really tasty. Plus, I’m thinking all that veg can only be a good thing & didn’t feel stuffed afterwards. The service was great & it was a lovely warm summer morning so there was plenty of people watching to be done. I can highly recommend Door 74 and can’t wait to go back for lunch & dinner, though next time I go for brunch, I want the French Toast – it looked amazing!
I am no cook. In fact, I hate cooking. If I could eat out/live on takeaway, I would. But having a decent cookbook in the house can make even the most rubbish of cooks look decent. Yes, I have achieved success with boiling eggs. Not only that, I can make perfect soft boiled eggs, with delicoius runny yolks, perfect for dunking soldiers in. How, I hear you ask? Delia Smith. I follow the instructions in her How to Cook: Book One for all my egg-related meals.
First, boil enough water to cover the eggs in a saucepan. When it’s boiled, reduce the heat so that it’s simmering then add the eggs gently. Simmer for 1 minute, turn the heat off, put a lid on the saucepan. For soft, wobbly eggs, put the timer on for 6 minutes. For slightly firmer eggs, go for 7 minutes. If you stick to the timings, you’ll get perfect soft boiled eggs every time If I ever veer away from them, I make the soldiers pointless!
Happy Sunday brunch everyone!
Last Sunday, I was in London for the Renegade Craft Fair. I wanted to make sure that I had a decent brunch to help me have the energy needed for such an amazing event so I tweeted, asking for recommendations for places near Brick Lane and The Luxe tweeted me back with their menu. Always a plus! I knew I was going there when I saw that they had pancakes on their menu! As if I was going to go anywhere else after that!
I wasn’t disappointed at all. It was really easy to find and the service was great. Not too pushy but there enough to help. I opted for the pancakes with a side of scrambled eggs & a black coffee. It was delicious! The pancakes were fluffy & tasty. Three was more than enough with the generous side of eggs. A great brunch that set me up for the day. It was so delicious that it has made me wish I lived near it so I could have it more often! If you are ever near The Luxe, head in – You won’t be disappointed!