Today we found ourselves at the Avenues Cafe in Sneinton Market looking for breakfast, the last outing down this way we were eating next door at the GB Cafe (read more here) so we were spreading the scoffing love by checking out this cafe for our weekend treat.
I have eaten here many times before over the years but it has been so long since I put fingers to keyboard to write about them. The last time was back in 2015 when I was dining alone and taking on the Mega Breakfast for £4 (read more here).
Back then the options were ‘Hungry Man, Mega Breakfast, Large Breakfast and Small Breakfast’ Times have changed though as it seems that Hungry and Mega men have left the building and the choices today were much more simple ‘Large, Medium, or Small‘ (there was a burger breakfast but we shall let that drift past in our thoughts like tumbleweed in the wind.
BREAKFAST MENU AT THE AVENUES CAFE
It didn’t take long to make our choice as we both picked the Large Breakfast, not just through hunger but also financially it made so much sense.
For a mere price differential of 55p between the Large and Medium we were getting an extra egg, fried slice, and a hash brown.
The £1 difference between the Medium and Small accounted for an extra sausage, bacon, and portion of mushrooms.
Well that was our story and we were both sticking to it, just as much all this food was going to be sticking to my ribs and arse after we finished scoffing at the breakfast trough
BREAKFAST AT THE AVENUES
The Large Breakfast was officially listed as “2 sausages, 2 bacon, 2 eggs, 2 hash browns, mushrooms, beans or tomatoes, 1 toast and 1 fried slice” plus a drink for £6.50
That seemed belly busting value so we both got the Large Breakfast opting for beans instead of tomato, and getting juice and tea as our drinks
As we both tucked in I was pleasantly surprised by how much I was enjoying this fry up, often I find something to complain about or at least something I have to acknowledge wasn’t the best, but today whatever the level of provenance or quality of the ingredients I was kind of loving it all.
The sausages while admittedly on the cheaper side were well cooked, solid and meaty in texture with a nice crisp skin. The bacon was nice and salty, well cooked so that it was bit charred off the pan and with properly rendered fat.
The two fried eggs had perfect soft whites and lovely runny yolk, not a sign of a crispy edge which is exactly how I like them.
Hash browns, were perfectly acceptable, perhaps mine could have been a bit crispier, but I am being picky.
Normally I do not like fried slice but for some reason today I was loving it as I dipped each one into my beans and eggs and chewed a bite, the sensation of the pan fat seeping into my arteries was not unwelcome.
I struggled to eat my toast as well as the fried bread, perhaps a small portion of marmalade or jam was needed to assist?
The mushrooms were a bit small and the bean sauce a bit too thick but not enough to put a dent in this breakfast party down the cafe.
Everything on the plate worked together just perfectly today and I left a very happy man
In the end this was a perfect breakfast situation as we were full for the whole day and didn’t need to eat again until late. Confession that in the intervening time we were busy checking out the local pubs and brew taps but I didn’t feel the need to reach for another snack even though many were on offer.
The Avenues Cafe was a pretty busy place yet there was still plenty of room to eat in comfortably without any rush. I liked that all sorts of people were enjoying the food and it was a right mixed crowd. They must be doing something right as the people always talk with their feet if not.
The Avenues Cafe is located at 13 Gedling Street, Nottingham, NG1 1DS and is right in the heart of Sneinton Market resting alongside the Sneinton Avenues.
They do have a Facebook Page if you want to check the out for menu and opening times which are as follows Open 7 days a week, 7am to 3pm Mon-Sat, 8.30-3pm Sun (last orders 2.15pm)