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The Providores and Tapa Room

May 23, 2011

I can be a grumpy b*tch sometimes – there, that’s as much of a confession of my evil side as I’m going to make publicly. This is especially when I’m knackered from a week of work and then too much alcohol  (oops!) on a Friday night. So really, having to drag myself out of bed at 8am on a Sunday morning is NOT generally my idea of a good weekend. UUGGGHHHH. But, sometimes the juice IS ACTUALLY worth the squeeze.

The Providores in London’s Marylebone Village has been kicking around for about 10 years and is run by co-owners Peter Gordon and Michael McGrath. Upstairs you’ll find the formal dining room and on the ground floor, an all day wine bar/café – where we had our breakfast last Sunday.

All the normal tables were full when we got there, 15 minutes after they opened (10am on Sundays) so we took two seats at the high table. The breakfast & brunch menu is an exciting mixture of British seasonal produce (Jersey Royals and new season asparagus) and food from around the world like chorizo, miso and labne.

I was instantly pulled towards the Turkish eggs from Changa in Istanbul with two poached eggs, whipped yoghurt and hot chilli butter with sourdough or seeded granary toast. I’d made a similar dish  from Yotam Ottolenghi’s cookbook Plenty a few months ago and wanted to try another interpretation of the dish. It certainly did not disappoint – the eggs were perfectly poached (still a bit wobbly) with golden runny yolks, and wrapped in soft and creamy Greek yoghurt, topped up with a herby chilli oil that had spicy undertones but wasn’t ‘burn-you-mouth’ type of spicy. The combination of the slight tanginess of the yoghurt, spice of the chilli oil and eggs was simply divine.

K went for the French toast stuffed with banana and pecans with grilled smoked streaky bacon and vanilla verjus syrup. Sweet and eggy but not soggy thick French toast, really good quality bacon all topped with a sweet and slightly sour syrup. He said it was really good, a lot of different flavours there. I wouldn’t know, I was too busy trying to make each mouthful of my dish a perfect balance of egg+yoghurt+chilli oil+toast!

The grumpy b*tch walked out smiling.

Price of plates as above with 3 coffees (we were sleepy!) and a carrot juice inclusive of 12.5% service charge = £33.08

The Providores and Tapa Room is located at 109 Marylebone High Street, London W1U 4RX which is about 10 minutes walk from Baker Street station.

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