‘I tried the East London breakfast spot so good it’s almost impossible to get in at the weekend and everything was perfect’ – Lea Dzifa Seeberg

Breakfast is my favourite meal of the day and I could happily have it for lunch and dinner too. Full English breakfasts are a whole ‘nother league.

How can you not love crispy bacon, warm sausages, fresh toast and mushrooms all slathered in beans with a freshly cooked egg on top? Vegetarians and vegans, do full veggie breakfasts not tick every box?

I love the stuff and no one could convince me otherwise. And Grounded London’s is supposedly so good it’s got people queuing for ages on the weekends.

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Trying to avoid the crowds, I headed down to the Whitechapel cafe at 10.30am on a Wednesday. While the line wasn’t exactly around the block, I did still have to wait for a table to become available for about ten minutes.

Once inside the cosy cafe, I was handed a menu as I gracefully slid into my booth, a picture of grace and decorum. Fine, you caught me in a lie – I dropped the menu on the floor, accidentally kicked a pen next to it and swore loudly when my sweaty thighs stuck to the vinyl seat.

The flat white was gorgeous

I’m such a classy lady, I know. Shamefaced, I perused the menu and was instantly drawn to the £10.95 Full English. The twist at Grounded is the complete lack of pork on the menu and the breakfast instead came with beef bacon and sausages.

Unable to resist the Full English’s charm, I ordered one alongside a £3.20 flat white and a £3.80 glass of freshly squeezed orange juice. The pink-haired waitress took my order with a smile and made me feel right at home despite my natural clumsiness.

The orange juice arrived first and it was spectacular. I don’t know where they found those oranges but I need the name of their supplier because it seemed like they’d come straight from Sicily.

My flat white arrived next and it was just as impressive. Courtesy of Exmouth Coffee Roasters, the blend was super complex, bold, full of flavour and brewed expertly with some stunning latte art to boot.

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My breakfast was sensational

Then it was time for the main event: breakfast. The lovely waitress placed my plate on the table and I was shocked by the sheer amount of food in front of me.

A hash brown, mushrooms, grilled tomato, baked beans, bacon, sausages and a massive slice of sourdough bread with eggs towered in front of me. Taking a deep breath and thanking my lucky stars I hadn’t eaten anything that day, I grabbed my cutlery and dived in.

It was divine. The hash brown was ridiculously crispy, the bacon melted in my mouth and the toast was some of the highest quality sourdough I’ve ever had. The tomato and sausages were both ultra-juicy and the beans were at the point where they’re hot and saucy, but not mushy.

Surprisingly, the real hero was the mushrooms. They were perfectly grilled and covered in lots of herbs but still retained their freshness and added a whole new depth to the dish.

While the portion size sadly defeated me, the waitress was kind enough to offer up a takeaway box and laughed along with me as I boxed it all up. I’ll be back to Grounded not only for the fantastic food, but also for the outstanding service.

Find Grounded London at 9 Whitechapel Road, London E1 1DU


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