Breakfast at L’eto Caffe: A Pleasant Surprise in Soho
Soho’s Breakfast Club comes highly recommended, so naturally when the father was visiting I made it a point to pencil it into our itinerary. Sadly, my choice of Friday morning at 11 AM was not a strategic one, for the queue tratended well past D’Arblay Street.
After deciding that no stack of pancakes is possibly worth a 45-minute wait – especially with an anticipated Borough Market adventure that afternoon – we restarted the breakfast search in Soho – lucky for us, the area has a surfeit of sophisticated spots.
A short amble down the neighbouring streets and minutes of consulting TripAdvisor and Zomato, we settled on L’eto Caffé, which has an extensive breakfast menu and a tempting bakery section displayed in the window.
The interiors are chic and tasteful. The dash of turquoise blue, which is a distinct colour choice for the crockery, is subtly integrated into the colour scheme without being kitschy. The menu boasts of various organic and healthy options, but I’m not easily taken into the health-fanatic fad. The Booster Shots on the menu, though impressive sounding at a first glance, were really just glorified Indian home remedies. The “Ginger Shot” comprising ginger, lemon and honey is a classic cure for a bad cough, and definitely not worth 3.90 pounds. Besides, the plan was to indulge in a gluttonous meal of pancakes, so whom were we kidding?
I instinctively order two cappuccinos, and for mains we decide to split the Black Truffle Eggs with Proscuitto Ham and Hollandaise Sauce, and the Chia Banana & Berries Buckwheat Pancakes with Peanut Butter Sauce.
The poached eggs are perfectly creamy, and anything topped with truffle, prosciutto and hollandaise is a safe combination. The portion can easily be consumed by one hungry soul, which means we’re eagerly awaiting the arrival of the Pancakes. In case you didn’t believe how eager I was:
The pancakes are soft and moist – which is one’s only fear of opting for a non-flour base – with a slight hint of the banana flavour. But the innovative ingredient here is the peanut butter sauce, which makes for a pleasantly creamier and less sweet alternative to maple syrup or honey.
My only qualm is that the peanut butter may be excessive, so unless you’re a huge fan of the American paste, you may find it a feat to get through. Halfway in, we order a side of strawberries to offset the peanut buttery overdose.
The verdict? I’m glad I tried them but I may opt for a more conventional pancake next time round. But overall, it’s safe to say that they were worth foregoing a trip to the Breakfast Club. As far as my own Breakfast trail is concerned, it remains on the list, but perhaps for a time when the queue isn’t dangerously long.
Where: 155 Wardour Street, Soho, London W1F 8WG