For Beards birthday, I bought him tickets to The Rolling Stones Exhibitionism display at The Saatchi Gallery, the problem was I didn’t look at the date I booked, and we ended up being there one month too early!
Stranded in London with no plans, Beard suddenly decided that he was starving and we simply must eat immediately. Usually, we would trawl the internet and peruse Google Maps, but the first place I saw, I noticed he was already in there and being seated. So, it looks like we’re having brunch in Caffe Concerto then.
I must admit I’ve always seen Caffe Concerto’s in various places, but I’ve avoided going in there because it looks a bit pretentious with its mountains of pastries stacked in the window and bone china cups of tea – really not my kind of place. Or so I thought.
Looking at the menu, the first thing that caught my attention was the price. It wasn’t at all what I was expecting and was quite reasonably priced; £8.95 for eggs benedict with smoked salmon is rather good in my opinion. The portion size was pretty big; Beard inhaled his open ham and cheese sandwich and was delighted to hear that I couldn’t finish all of mine, so he gobbled that up as well.
I’m a bit of an eggs benedict snob, but this is possibly the best I’ve ever had. The smoked salmon was ample and sliced very thin, just how I like it, and the hollandaise sauce was simply to die for!
The place was buzzing, the staff were attentive, if not a tad rude, but I always expect that in these sorts of establishments. I had no interest in becoming best friends with our waitress, so the feeling was mutual.
I was, however, thrilled when I noticed I could have a cheeky little Prosecco at 11.30 am and not feel the slightest bit guilty because when looking around, there was some mighty fine looking diva’s in there with the same idea. Beard decided it may be a little bit too early for a bottle of Stella.
For years I haven’t ventured into a Caffe Concerto, and entirely by accident, we stumbled upon it and what an extraordinary stumble it was. The decor was lavish with golds and rich reds, beautiful smells of pastries and lavishly decorated cakes surrounding the tables. They even have Live Music Events they hold quite regularly with set menu’s – I think that would be a real treat for an evening with friends.
I will be stumbling upon one of these little places again, that’s for sure – I just need to try something other than eggs benedict, maybe. While wearing my ballgown and holding my pinky in the air. Delightful.