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The Breakfast Club

The Breakfast Club is by far one of the most popular brunch spots in London. Every Saturday and Sunday morning (ok, early afternoon) you will see hungry Londoneers, craving coffee, Mimosas, poached eggs and maple pancakes and queuing in front of each of six locations of the restaurant. The wait is at least half an hour, but, personally, I don't mind waiting for food (unless it's in a heavy rain, which is not that uncommon in London). You could always try and outsmart the system and come for a midweek breakfast or lunch. But that would be spoiling the fun, wouldn't it?

Pancakes and berries, with maple syrup and vanilla cream

Huevos al Benny: poached eggs, chorizo, roast peppers, avocado, fresh chillies, spicy hollandaise on toasted English Muffin

The Breakfast Club, 2-4 Rufus Street, London

Look Mum No Hands!

I'm a big fun of the whole cycle chic and I often picture about myself, speeding through the streets on a lovely bike, wind in my loose hair, feeling perfectly confident wearing a long skirt and high heels. In reality, I don't cycle that much, especially in London, as the left-hand traffic is rather confusing and I being hit by a double decker is not exactly my idea of a perfect death.

Luckily for me, Look Mum No Hands! is perfect for both bike lovers and people who are simply after a cup of good coffee. It's an all-in-one coffee shop, bar and bike repair shop. Coffee is indeed very good, the place is spacious, friendly and relaxed. I have no opinion whatsoever on the bike repair part.

Great place for breakfast - you can go for traditional full English breakfast or choose between eggs, porridge, muesli or delicious thyme-roasted mushrooms on sourdough toasts. They also have great lunch options and have a bar with beer and wine.

Look Mum No Hands!, 49 Old Street, London

A nuż widelec

During the first visit, A nuż widely charmed us with a lovely patio, a perfectly prepared cod and an extraordinary service. It soon turned out that our waiter is also the owner of the place and that he simply likes people. He says there’s no other way if one wants to be in the restaurant business.

Adem Drężek opened A nuż widelec together with his brother, Sylwester. They come from a family with strong culinary traditions - their mother runs an inn and a restaurant in Masuria. They have over 10 years of experience in gastronomy themselves, but none of them is a chef. They used to work in restaurant management, but cooking has always been a great passion. Today Sylwester is responsible for the kitchen and the menu. Adam still is a manager, but whenever a spare moment occurs, he puts on an apron and cooks as well.

A nuż widelec serves unique, but rather simple dishes, all based on ingredients of great quality that don’t need a lot more to shine. They get fish straight from Masurian lakes - another brother (there are seven) buys them from local fishmongers. Exotic fish and seafood arrive from the largest European market in Berlin. When it comes to meat, some is local, but lamb always comes from Ireland, beef - from the US.

Brothers are full of ideas. They have a small smoking hut and each Thursday you can eat (or take home) freshly smoked fish. It’s another element of the family tradition - their grandfather used to prepare smoked fish from Masurian lakes. On Saturdays there’s a live cooking station with fresh seafood: mussels, shrimp, squid, scallops. Another upcoming project includes a cooperation with Ogród Szambala - a local supplier of organic and ecologically grown vegetables with maximum nutrients. There will be a special menu based on their crops every Friday. The restaurant is tiny, but there will be enough room for a little regional deli shelf with Masurian goat cheeses, fish pickles and preserves and homemade savoury pastries. Plans for the future? They will start with a winter patio - when it gets too cold to sit in the lovely outdoor garden, there won’t be enough room for all the guests. And if everything goes according to the plan, Drężek brothers will open another venue next year. A larger one, based on regional cuisine, with a huge deli section selling regional products from all over Poland, Latvia and a few other places. They promise not to surprise us with an Italian pizzeria anytime soon. They will stick to what they do best - promoting great regional products.

Być Może

Perhaps you already have your favourite place for a cup of coffee and some freshly baked pastry in Warsaw. Perhaps you are still looking for one. Perhaps it will be a new French bistro-cafe called Być Może (meaning 'perhaps' in Polish), which popped up a few months ago in a historical townhouse on plac Unii Lubelskiej. The building is famous for having held the first MPIK, Klub Międzynarodowej Prasy i Książki (International Book and Press Club) - opened a few years after the World War II, providing Warsaw citizens with rare books and music, foreign language press and freshly brewed coffee. If you are, like ourselves, huge enthusiasts of bread, you have found the right place. You can enjoy freshly bake baguettes, all shapes and flavours of wheat bread, rye bread, nut bread, gluten-free bread, as well as hand-made croissants, tarts and all sorts of sweet treats. If you're trying to stay away from bread, you can go for the lunch offer - freshly prepared from local ingredients on a daily basis. If you still don't feel convinced, we have one last argument. Wine! Lots of wine. From Italy, France, Spain. Perhaps you're more convinced now?

ul. Bagatela 14, Warsaw

Czuła Buła

Czuła Buła, a friendly little coffeehouse, is situated in the heart of Old Mokotów in Warsaw. They serve breakfast, sandwiches, salads, refreshing lemonades and, obviously, freshly brewed coffee. It's a lovely place to start the day with a bowl of creamy millet porridge and a cup of cappuccino.

ul. Narbutta 16, Warsaw

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