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St Ali at Clerkenwell

June 29, 2011

For reasons that I can’t quite figure out, we’ve been heading out for breakfast more frequently this year compared to previous years. Perhaps it’s because we keep hearing about good breakfast places and obviously K and I simply cannot resist a good fry-up. That said, St Ali is NOT your typical ‘caff’ as such. There are no fry-ups here but the menu does have a good range of breakfast dishes with some sandwiches, fresh fruits, pastries and cakes thrown in.

On our visit with a friend, I fancied The Usual Suspects – eggs either poached, scrambled or fried on sourdough bread with homemade spiced tomato kasundi (Bengali mango pickle) with two lists of ‘add-ons’ of which I chose smoked salmon and sautéed spinach. Our friend had the same ‘suspects’ but with grilled haloumi whilst K had the French toast with smoked bacon, organic maple syrup and caramelised walnuts. All our dishes were generally well-cooked, my eggs were perfectly poached with a good ‘wobble’ and K was especially impressed with the smoky, chewy bacon rind.

The decor is laid-back with bare brick walls, a long wooden bench at the front and the staff seemed quite chilled out too. It’s a place to come for a relaxing and long brunch on a weekend. We arrived just after 10am on a Saturday and the place was already packed with young families and twenty-somethings catching up on a bit of gossip.

Apparently, St Ali hails from Melbourne and is said to have a pretty decent reputation down under, especially for its coffee. All the coffee bean roasting is done on site in a big roaster at the back of the ground floor dining area. The two flat whites I had were good – delivering on taste but unfortunately it doesn’t beat my favourite place for a flat white – Climpson and Sons on Broadway Market. The coffee simply has more body and aroma – just a matter of personal preference, is all.

Price for breakfast plates as above for three persons with 6 coffees, a muffin and service charge came to £47.42.

St Ali is located at 27 Clerkenwell Road EC1M 5RN which is just under 10 minutes walk from Farringdon station. Also round the corner from the top of St John Street.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. June 30, 2011 6:42 PM

    Another great thing about going out to breakfast is it’s generally cheaper. You can indulge without spending a heckuva lot! Compared to dinner out anyway. This all looks wonderful.

    • June 30, 2011 7:07 PM

      Agreed. And brunch is great too, kinda filling two stomachs with one meal. There is a great ‘all you can eat’ brunch place I hope to visit again soon.

  2. Sasha permalink
    July 4, 2011 1:11 PM

    St Ali’s in Melbourne is great, food very impressive! Although their coffee is not quite as good as it used to be, due to the fact that they change the way they serve it (in “cappuccino” cups as opposed to “latte” glasses which make it taste not as good). :o)

  3. July 4, 2011 11:09 PM

    Can’t beat a good brunch. I’m a bit of a granola / muesli tourist! St Ali definitely passsed the test with theirs, but the menu looked so good that I’ve been promising myself a return visit, so I’m back off there tomorrow to treat myself to poached eggs with truffled mascarpone. Nom.

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