Guest Post- Breakfast at Honey & Co.

This is the first guest post that I’m featuring on my blog so it’s pretty exciting for me! It’s written by Jaime Tung, the talented author and creator of angloyankophile.com – an award-winning blog full of her amazing adventures and discoveries as an American in London – and in many other parts of the world! Thank you so much Jaime for your contribution, it’s awesome to have you on dilaland.com! 

Breakfast at Honey & Co., Warren Street

As we inch closer and closer to Christmas, I’m having a hard time keeping up with my work schedule, let alone my social calendar (just ask Dila, since it’s taken me forever to get this post to her!). Now, there aren’t a lot of people I’d wake up at 6:00 a.m. for, but my friend Alice is an exception. Since we both work in the same part of London, one of our favorite traditions is to grab breakfast before work. It’s great, because unlike lunch, we don’t feel as rushed, and it’s such a nice way to start the day. When Alice and I worked in the same office, we used to have a favorite breakfast hangout (until it closed a few months ago), where we ordered the same thing every time, and even sat at the same table! I know, we’re nerds like that.
This time, we met at Honey & Co. on Warren Street, which specialises in delicious Middle Eastern cuisine. Slight issue? I totally forgot about our plans! We were supposed to meet at 8:00 a.m. and at 7:21, I was still tucked up in bed, chuckling at cat videos on YouTube. So cool, right? Then I got a text from her that said, “My train is far too busy at this time in the morning! See you soon!” To say that I leapt out of bed would be an understatement. I grabbed the nearest clothes, put my contacts in with one hand, and flew out the door. I was only 5 minutes late, which was an achievement! “I literally woke up like this,” I said to Alice breathlessly as I rushed into the restaurant.
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 But! The breakfast menu at Honey & Co. was the best reward for rushing out the door. In fact, any menu that features a “dinosaur egg” is a winner in my books! It’s smallish, so if you’re thinking of going for dinner, I’d book ahead of time. They serve an extended breakfast menu on the weekends, but on the weekdays, you still get a hearty serving of warm dishes like “Green shakshuka” (Legbar eggs baked on herby spinach with goat’s yogurt and bread) and “Phylas” (filo pastry filled with pumpkin, spices, feta yogurt and a hardboiled egg). I ended up ordering the “Ijje” – a herb, feta, and buttered leek frittata plus a fresh mint tea, which was such a nice change from the limp bacon sandwiches and dry pancakes you might find at every other breakfast establishment.
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 We stayed for an hour or so, catching up on life (we both bought houses around the same time this year!) and work – and never felt rushed. The fun, brightly-colored decor made me feel as though we were on holiday in Tel-Aviv instead of starting the workday in Central London. I could have easily stayed longer for a coffee, but the clock soon struck 9:00 and, like Cinderella, it was time for us to leave the proverbial breakfast ball.
I had my eye on Honey & Co.’s cookbooks, which I thought would make a great Christmas gift for my brother-in-law, who loves to cook.
I’m looking forward to going back for dinner soon! I’ve heard that their desserts are the stuff of legends.
Do you ever go out for a nice, sit-down breakfast before work? I’d love to know!
Huge thanks to Dila for hosting me on her blog!
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 I hope you enjoyed Jaime’s lovely post as much as I did! Be sure to check out her inspiring blog full of amazing photos, reviews, recommendations, discoveries and so much more :)
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Weekends are for Breakfast Lovers

As all Turkish people, or most people that have visited Turkey know, breakfast is probably the most important meal of the day in Turkish culture – especially at weekends :)

A classic Turkish breakfast for 2

So, as a Turkish breakfast lover in London, I started looking for the best places to have breakfast since I came here last year. Here are some of the places that I tried and think are great!

1) Granger & Co.

I’m a very huge fan of scrambled eggs and this place definitely knows how to make the most delicious ones. Its an Australian restaurant that has three branches in Clerkenwell, Kings Cross and Notting Hill. I went to the Notting Hill one which is a small, warm & cozy restaurant, and the staff try their best to help you even if its crowded. I strongly recommend going there, as besides their velvety and succulent scrambled eggs, they have a very rich breakfast menu with many different options of pastries. Their ricotta hotcakes with banana & honeycomb butter are also amazing.

P.S: Make sure to go there early to avoid waiting for a table, but even if you have to wait for a while its definitely worth it!

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2) L’Eto Caffe

This cafe/restaurant is famous for its heavenly desserts, however the breakfast is also one of the bests out there. It has many branches but we went to the one in Soho with my friend’s recommendation. My friends had eggs royales and I had scrambled eggs, (said I was a huge fan!) all served with avocado and were really really good. They also have great pancakes and crepes, and there are literally so many options of different coffee and especially teas , it makes it hard to make a decision. So you should definitely not miss this place since there’s something for everyone.

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3) Holborn Dining Room

This restaurant is a more chic option with its stylish and impressive interior design. For breakfast I shared an omelette, of course scrambled eggs:), and pancakes with blueberry compote with my friend. I didn’t like the scrambled eggs that much but the pancakes and especially the omelette were delicious. They also have a great selection of pastries and lighter food such as granola and porridge. The service was great and the staff were very friendly, so I surely recommend checking it out.

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4)Breakfast Club

It isn’t possible not to mention Breakfast Club in this list as it was the first place that I went for breakfast in London, and it’s one of the most popular breakfast spots :) It’s such a unique place with its decoration and details, and even though (surprisingly) I didn’t try their eggs, my friends really liked the eggs royales they had. I love their famous pancakes with berries – I think they’re one of the tastiest pancakes I’ve ever had. Probably most of you have already been there but if you haven’t, go and reward yourself with those amazing pancakes!  Also bear in mind that there’s always a long queue in front of it so you should go early.

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So, what are your favorite spots for a great weekend breakfast?

Thank you for reading :)