Grand Central Kitchen - Full English with lemon

Grand Central Kitchen – Birmingham

Grand Central Kitchen - Birmingham
Grand Central Kitchen – Birmingham

Several people have recommended the Full English Breakfast at this place to me, so I took a 45 minute journey with my fellow reviewer Chris Lowe to sample their wares. Chris has eaten there several times before and tried to explain to me what it was like – but even with this advance warning, I was still amazed! For information, its just opposite Grand Central Rail Station – by the trams.

Grand Central Kitchen - Breakfast Menu
Grand Central Kitchen – Breakfast Menu

We entered and were immediately shown to a table. We sat on a pair of tables for 2 that were pushed together. They were the only seats left in the place. It is incredibly tight and absolutely rammed with people! They seem to sell everything to everyone – but we were there just for the breakfast.

Grand Central Kitchen - Menu on the wall
Grand Central Kitchen – Menu on the wall

I appeared to be the only person there that hadnt eaten there before? We were seated, checked over the menu and went and ordered at the counter. Chris mentioned that on busy days, you can wait up to 15 mins for a table. The guy on the till is Sina. He is the owner and a nicer chap you couldnt want to meet.

Grand Central Kitchen - Sina
Grand Central Kitchen – Sina (the owner)

After only a short wait, (8 minutes), our breakfasts arrived. Mine with poached egg, Chris’s with their version of a fried egg, (its like an omlete, but still has a yolk?!) The plates were way to small for the size of the breakfast, but that sort of fit in with the rest of the place, (lots crammed in to a small place).

Grand Central Kitchen - Full English with lemon
Grand Central Kitchen – Full English with lemon
Grand Central Kitchen - Full English with Fried Egg
Grand Central Kitchen – Full English with Fried Egg

The poached came with a slice of lemon on it for some reason? – but it did look quite nice. The bacon was coooked to perfection. The sausages were also perfectly cooked.

Grand Central Kitchen - perfectly cooked sausage
Grand Central Kitchen – perfectly cooked sausage

Mushrooms were spot on. Everything was superb. Poached eggs were both runny and cooked.

Grand Central Kitchen - Poached Egg
Grand Central Kitchen – Poached Egg

Breakfast was hot, filling and absolutely delicious. My only critism was that the beans were not in a ramekin. Apparently, from next week they will be – which will make people like me and the very nice lady at the counter very happy, (she omitted beans from her breakfast as they touch everything else – a wise lady).

This was a great breakfast. They had proper condiments, (HP and Heinz). A contender for the best I have had this year. I now also have a city centre breakfast offering – something the city has been lacking.

This review is a combination of words from both myself and Chris: Chris gave the place 8 fried eggs, I give it 9. I have the keyboard!

Chris Lowe Breakfast and Beer lover
Chris Lowe Breakfast and Beer lover
British Breakfast Club Recommended
British Breakfast Club Recommended

BBC Rating

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