Brixton market is always a somewhat surreal experience, by virtue of how un-London the whole place is – more similar to a marketplace in Marrakech than our urban jungle. It’s also one of the few places where virtually all restaurants (bar one) are cash only. As I found out tho, it’s also the home of one of London’s must visit breakfast places.
Location: Burnt Toast Cafe, Brixton, London
Camera: Nikkon 3300, Nikkor 50mm lens
I’m not just saying that because the venue was the latest in my #BarelyEating project.
In terms of the venue, there are no tables inside so to some extent you are at the mercy of the elements (the market has a roof and there are blankets, but if it’s cold it’s cold), yet I’ve always found restaurants that have tables on the street quite exciting as it offers good people watching (a favourite pass-time of mine). The staff was incredibly lovely, but the food was definitely the star of the occasion.
I love breakfast food but I’ve often found it not to do so well in London; people just don’t know how to poach eggs. Luckily, Burnt Toast Cafe does – they were executed perfectly, runny on the inside and having such a fragility that one of them ended up breaking because I kept shifting the dish around for the shoot. That’s really how you want your poached eggs. The hollandaise also had a great texture and taste, complementing the eggs well. Did I also mention all the cakes on display that were ready to ruin your diet?