A Grandiose Breakfast at The Wolseley

27 Mar 2011

“Another birthday, another birthday meal out” seems to have defined my past couple of months. But far be it for me to complain. In fact I’m extremely fortunate to have friends with such excellent taste in restaurants.

I’d previously dragged myself out of bed once before to experience the full European grandeur of having breakfast at Piccadilly-based restaurant The Wolseley before going to work! It ended up being a rather luxurious, surprisingly convenient and not overly costly experience. And now the birthday of a friend seemed like an excellent reason to do it again!

Our view from the balcony dining area

Our view from the balcony dining area

Having booked our table in advance, we remembered from our last experience that we wanted to try to request a balcony table for the next time we visited. This paid off and it was very pleasant to have such lovely views over such a beautifully grand restaurant. (Being out of direct line of view of the waiting staff also meant we could sneak a few photos which I’d heard was not really allowed.)

As I arrived ahead of my friends, the Maitre d’ offered me a selection of newspapers to read at my table which I thought was very considerate. Ah the joys of going to a nice place for breakfast! I had a flat white as per usual while reading my paper, and found it to be fairly average as far as coffees in London go. But as I’ve said before, I’ve been spoilt by amazing New Zealand coffee so it can’t be helped.

The food was another story. I’d been wanting to try Omelette Arnold Bennett (£10.75) for a really long time. Although this wasn’t The Savoy Grill where the dish was first created (for novelist Arnold Bennett), it might be the closest I’ll ever get to it! As expected it was stunning; the light, pillowy, parmesany omelette floated like a fluffy cloud above a dense, creamy bed of rich hollandaise and smoked haddock. I’d call it heaven but as it was, it felt naughty… very, very naughty!

Omelette Arnold Bennett

Omelette Arnold Bennett

Birthday Girl had the Salt Beef Hash with Fried Egg (£9.75) which she seemed quite happy with. I had a bite and loved the rich, beefy gravy it was served with. It would definitely be an option to consider for my next visit to The Wolseley when I’m feeling less naughty!

Salt Beef Hash with Fried Egg

Salt Beef Hash with Fried Egg

My other friend ordered the Wolseley Fishcake with Poached Egg (£6.75) and also seemed to enjoy it.

Wolsely Fishcake with Poached Egg

Wolseley Fishcake with Poached Egg

Although dragging myself out of bed at the crack of dawn on a weekday isn’t something I’d ever want to make a habit of, it’s definitely worth it once in a while if it means getting to enjoy a sumptuous Wolseley breakfast before going to work. Experiencing that little bit of luxury is an amazing way to start the day. Of course you could take the lazy way out and go on a weekend, but come on, where’s the fun in that?!

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2 Responses to “A Grandiose Breakfast at The Wolseley”

  1. Ute@hungryinLondon 28 Mar 2011 at 7:04 am #

    I wish I could have this omlette now instead of Special K….

    • Yeebot 28 Mar 2011 at 8:36 am #

      I know… my porridge is looking decidedly dull this morning!