After a bank holiday lie in we’d built up a hearty appetite – for eggs and for some quality shopping, wandering and cake eating time. There’s almost nowhere better in London to combine those wholesome activities than in W11 – so we hopped on the tube to Ladbroke Grove to enjoy our favourite pastimes in the sunshine.
The Electric Brasserie is situated smack bang on the famous Portobello Road (the main market is only here on a Saturday, but there are plenty of cool shops, boutiques, cafes and bars) next to the Electric Cinema. It’s about a 5 minute stroll from the tube. If you’ve not been to this area of town before, it’s a bit like a Camden but populated by a mix of Sloanes, Rastas, Hippies and rejects from the cast of ‘Made In Chelsea’.
The brasserie has a few tables out on a terrace where you can watch the neighbourhood’s colourful characters passing by. Inside the stylish metal stables are quite closely packed together, around a long stainless steal bar, lined with stools. In the rear of the restaurant there are booths and larger seating areas.
The floor is decorated with a mosaic of tiles, but all the polished metal coupled with the staff being all done up in their waistcoats made us feel like we were eating in a restaurant on an old fashioned cruise liner. Classy and glamorous.
We had booked ahead via their website and were quickly offered the option of two empty tables by the friendly and efficient girl on FOH (although other customers who hadn’t booked were seated relatively quickly, we’d recommend booking ahead just in case, as it’s a popular haunt for weekend wanderers). Our waiter swooped over soon after we’d given the menu a cursory look (I mean really, there’s not too much to consider in our case…) and asked us how we were enjoying our day, before responding that he himself was ‘on top of the world’! Our drinks arrived swiftly and our eggs not long after; all very satisfactory, we felt very well looked after. 12.5% service was included in the bill, and we had a mysterious (but much appreciated!) 50% knocked off as well….
On this occasion, the eggs benedict were completely… err… inoffensive. They were presented ungarnished and with proportional amounts of each component, so nothing really to complain about, but we definitely weren’t wowed. The hero of the dish was without a doubt the delicious ham (which, after further investigation we discovered came from the Macken Brothers Ltd butchers on Turnham Green Terrace), the eggs were well cooked with sunshine-y yolks, but the hollandaise was pretty bland and the muffins heavy rather than fluffy with that slight crunch as you bite into them.
- Style: Classic
- Taste: 5/10
- Originality: 2/10
- Value: 7/10 (£5 for one egg, £8 for two, 12.5% service charge added.)
- Eggsecution (Cooking Of Eggs): 9/10
Will we be going back? Absolutely to enjoy the atmosphere and location, not for the eggs though.
Check out the breakfast menu here.
Electric Brasserie, 191 Portobello Road, London, W11 2ED +44 (0)20 7908 9696