The diner, ladies and gentlemen, is an American contraption that for me has always been synonymous with feeding people – not impressing them, not changing their lives, merely feeding them. It was (in my mind) created to offer a respite from stay at home moms, to be a refuge for single men who can only make burnt toast, or, in some occasions, to act as a place where one can meet other people. Why they would ever want that, I am baffled.
Big Easy should be, I dare say, be judged from the lens of a diner: it’s definitely not a place I would bring someone to impress, but it offers great value for money.
Get in at any time between 7 – 11 AM and the Big Easy Set Breakfast is yours for just £10 – bottomless tea/coffee, a choice of a Mimosa, Bloody Mary, Fresh Pressed Orange Juice or Bloody Shame, one item from the bakery and a choice from pancakes, granola & yogurt or eggs.
This is a steal for that price – the Mimosa was decent, and so was the bakery items. The apple and cinnamon muffin was nothing exceptional, probably a Sainsbury quality muffin (they didn’t have any of the cronuts), and I did find it rather hard to figure out where the apple was. It felt like an adventure of sorts.
I’d avoid the berry compote for the pancakes – it was somewhat nauseating in a very tasteless kind of way. The eggs were poached well, tho a pinch of salt couldn’t have hurt. Overall a rather underwhelming experience, but lots of food and I did get to drink before work for just £10.
Grade: Purgatory (with the caveat that it’s great value for money)