Trendy Bermondsey Street boasts quite a few locations for brunch – after scanning the menu of Bermondsey Kitchen (whose eggs benedict has been reworked and renamed ‘eggs bermondsey’….on account of the substitution of smoked ham…hmm, not today) we carried on a few yards up and crossed over to try out the more traditional offerings of Village East. Yum yum yum!
The Place: Village East is quite upmarket, and quite pricey – bookings advisable (we saw a few hungry egg punters turned away by the polite and very well turned out (!) staff, and we were asked if it would be ok if we could vacate the table we were given in an hour and a quarter…Plenty of time for breakfast!). The decor is a mixture of polished wood, leather benches and scruffy industrial furniture – comfy and welcoming though. The tables are quite close together, I now know rather too much about David and Samantha’s holiday plans.
The Service: Prompt, attentive but unobtrusive. They regularly top up a glass of ice-cold water for you which is a nice touch. 12.5% service charge was included in the bill.
The EGGS!: The eggs benedict here is traditional – english muffin, two eggs, ham, hollandaise and a sprinkling of chives. The hollandaise didn’t have quite enough zing for our tastes (more vinegar required) but the eggsecution of the eggs was PERFECT, lovely soft whites and runny golden yolks that spill out when you cut into them. There was enough ham to go around, not overly generous, nether was the helping of hollandaise, but we didn’t feel short-changed for our £6.50. One of Anna’s muffin’s was slightly burnt (oo-er) and I was left with a lot of yolk and no muffin left to soak it up with.
- Style: Classic
- Taste: 6.5/10
- Originality: 3/10
- Value: 9/10 (£6.50, 12.5% service charge inc.)
- Eggsecution (Cooking Of Eggs): 9/10
Will we be going back? Quite possibly…to try the pancakes which also looked amazing. Check out the brunch menu here.
173 Bermondsey Street, City of London, Greater London SE1 3UW
020 7357 6082