Fortunately not Brighton the fake made up suburb somewhere near Serenity Springs just outside Mandurah – the real thing! Suz here, for the first time in aaaggggggeeeesssss I swear I went to breakfast and thought you guys would absolutely want to here about this amazing gem on the south coast of England called Mange Tout.
Firstly, a bit of back-story. I have been living in Berlin now for 3 months (and have missed my breakfast clubbers oh so much). However, about a month ago I moved to London (temporarily) to do an internship at an awesome theatre company. Highlights of my stint in London thus far have all revolved around bacon!
On to the review…
My wonderful faux fourth sister has lived in Brighton for the past year and a half so I confess we had local knowledge on our side. I told her that myself and friends write a breakfast review blog and she instantly exclaimed that we MUST go to Mange Tout the following day for breakfast. We rocked up just a little hungover with a hankering for bacon.
Mange Tout is owned and run entirely by French people – tick! We were greeted with double cheek kisses – tick, tick! Mange Tout I was told by our lovely waiter (for the sake of this let’s call him Jean-Pierre) means ‘everything’ and also ‘bean sprouts’ in French. Lovely.
The café has a wonderful breakfast menu that straddles the English Channel between traditional British and Mediterranean fare. We both ordered the Oeufs Mange Tout – one can conclude the oeufs must mean eggs in French. This heavenly dish consisted of two poached free range eggs, Sussex bacon, tomato compote, spinach and fresh hollandaise sauce. To top it all off it was served on HOMEMADE toasted (and pre-buttered) sourdough bread.
- 2x Oeufs Mange Tout – £8.95ea (~$15ea)
- 2x Lattes – £1ea (~$1.70ea)
- A yearning for my friends back in Perth!
This dish is like Eggs Benedict on crack! You know when you are eating Eggs Benedict but you always have this feeling that there needs something fresh or potentially green? This ticked every box and some I never knew existed! My only quibble would be that one of my eggs was a little underdone. I say a little too-runny eggs kicks overdone rock hard ick eggs every day of the week.
The service was absolutely phenomenal – Jean-Pierre really was everything you would ever want from a waiter. The food came out fast, we received two iced glasses of tap water, our guest reviewers napkin blew off in the breeze and JP didn’t skip a beat – he caught it with ease and brought her a new one in a flash. Oh and did I mention he was very easy on the eyes? One of the many reasons this place works so well is that they use, and are proud of their local produce. I love this new trend in cafes – sure you are at the whim of the availability but good quality, organic, season produce is where it is at.
If anyone has the pleasure to get to Brighton I encourage you to check this place out. If not for breakfast then head there for either lunch or dinner. They do an amazing selection of tartines, salads, cakes and a whole lot more!
Highs: local ingredients and amazing service
Lows: A forgivable but slightly underdone egg
Our Suz’s Breakfast Club’s final score: 9.5/10 coffee mugs