I was under the impression that I’d largely exhausted the west end breakfast options, so was delighted when I heard mention of Kiki’s on Grindlay Street. I’m not sure how it had evaded my glance before, but sure enough it was right there where the internet told me it would be.
As mentioned, this was a breakfast visit, which it became clear was something of a shame as their lunchtime menu looked to be where their strength lay. Their selection of Italian cured meats was impressive and their range of cheeses equally so. I noted it for further attention.
A bacon roll and a hot drink for £3 struck me as a good breakfast deal, though, so I ordered that. The espresso, from Bei & Nannini, wasn’t the greatest, but those beans aren’t a favourite with me.
The roll was a good bit better. The roll itself was delicious and the filling plentiful. The usual brown sauce topping brought things together very nicely.
With warm service in the Italian style and a good people-watching view over to the frontage of the Lyceum Theatre, I thought the place quite charming.
So overall, I didn’t see Kiki’s at its best hour, which I’m confident arrives at lunch o’clock, but it still impressed me. I look forward to popping back for cheese and meat delights, in due course. I’d suggest it’s definitely worth a visit.
Blythe scores Kiki’s
3/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
3.5/5 for service
3.5/5 for setting
giving an overall 13.5/20
I ate: bacon roll
I drank: espresso
I wore: blue suit
Total bill: £3