Brunch at No 30 Café

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I love brunch – it’s a brilliant invention. Somehow it makes eating the most unhealthy meals seen genuinely good for you. Something to do with ‘breakfast is the most important meal of the day’: no matter what you have it’s worthwhile…

But better than brunch is a good brunch. Good brunch can be great, and given that the brunch I had at No 30 Café was just good, I guess it was  only mediocre.

I had eggs benedict (back to any unhealthy meal is excused), and excellent Norfolk ham sat atop perfectly fine muffins. The eggs were perfect poached hemispheres, and here the problems began. Poached eggs shouldn’t be perfect, and I’m not really a believer in egg poachers (the gadget, not the profession if there is one). Poached eggs should be wispy, uneven things. They’re pretty difficult to get right, but that may be why when you do they’re surely the best eggs on earth. Light, not heavy. Fresh and runny, not stodgy and hard.

To top this off, the hollandaise, served on the side, meant the experience was one of dipping muffin, egg and ham into pure, yellow, fatty goo. Okay, I know that’s what hollandaise is, but when it’s drizzled on top it’s slightly better disguised.

Lovely loose leaf tea served in a large pot somewhat redeemed these choices, and Tom’s croque madame was genuinely delicious, so I’ll certainly give the place another try. But I’ll be on the lookout for even better places in the meantime.

Welcome (and to me)!

Welcome to Ate-Musing!

I’ve started this blog for a number of reasons.

  1. Firstly, to get me writing. I always mean to write more, but finding the time is difficult. Since I eat every day (often more than once), I reckon I might have adequate material to get myself writing!
  2. So I can collect nice recipes somewhere. I’m always wishing I have my recipe cards at work, so I can pick up ingredients on the way home, rather than guessing (inaccurately!). This way I will.
  3. I eat out quite often. I might as well mention the places I go to and what I have. Seems a good idea.

So welcome – enjoy – tell me what I’m doing wrong and what I’m doing right.

Ben

[And, by the way, if you pronounce the word ‘ate’ “et”, you won’t understand the name of the site. Correct or not, I’ve always said “eight”.]