Riding House Cafe
Located in the West End, there is rarely an empty table here. I first discovered RHC a few years ago and it's my favourite place to grab brunch when in town. Ever since I first tried hash browns here, there was no going back. I haven't tried anything else off the menu which I see as the ultimate compliment. There is a generous quantity of chorizo within the hash brown, which is perfectly crunchy and thankfully not oily or soggy. The big difference between here and BC is that RHC serves theirs with a poached egg and spinach. The spinach really adds something and is just right quantity wise. The egg is poached to perfection. There is nothing more satisfying than piercing an egg and seeing the yolk bleed all over the plate.
Breakfast Club is something that I've heard a lot about, so I was curious. There are various branches across London and one coming soon in London Bridge. For my first ever BC experience, I opted for the Spitalfields branch. Decorated with a neon "Sex, Drugs & Bacon Rolls" sign, board games galore, a Sega Mega Drive (apparently) and shabby chic furniture, it had a hipster East London kind of vibe. Staff were just as friendly as RHC, but breakfast felt more relaxed and less formal. Size wise, it was a very generous portion and we struggled to clear our plates. In contrast, there were red peppers instead of spinach, and a fried egg instead of a poached egg. My only complaint? I just wouldn't classify this dish as "hash browns". By definition hash browns are shredded / chopped potatoes that are usually formed into a patty. At BC all the ingredients were laid out on the plate individually - it was more of a fry-up. I wanted to love it, but I just didn't. Despite being the ultimate chorizo fan girl, I wouldn't have this again. Next time it would be pancakes for sure.
Verdict: Riding House Cafe wins
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