Black Cherry, East Dulwich
21 Lordship Lane
020 8299 8877
by Herby Banger
It had been a night to remember: the last of the summer's BBQs, the triumphant return of an old friend culminating in an impromptu house party. For all these reasons I awoke the next morning in dire need of a quality breakfast.
Grabbing some breakfasting fellows we set off gingerly for the new kid on the East Dulwich block: Black Cherry, on Lordship Lane.
The menu was small, in choice and in literal size, a sort of delicate watermarked card that I wanted to crush in my hand. It suited the Laura Ashley wallpaper but not my mood. Thoughts that this place was all wrong for what I needed were increasing. Could this bar be trusted to cook me a hearty breakfast at 12 in the afternoon?
Maybe it was the price of the furnishings. They were nice all in all, but they seemed to be trying to pay it off with the rates attributed to the food: an excessive £6.50 for the Eggs Benedict, which featured not once or twice but three times on the menu. I went for the version featuring honey roasted ham, expecting that they must have pride in the dish if it consisted of over half the menu. As you can tell, I’ve built this up for the inevitable let down - and what a waste of time it was. A flat lifeless muffin, an overcooked egg and hollandaise which was sour and vinegary. It would have been instantly forgettable if it wasn't so disappointing.
Although one of my friends enjoyed his mixed omelette (£5.50) and I was intrigued by the Bacon Door Stop Sandwich (£3.50), I must tell you that there are infinitely better breakfasts to be had in the Dulwich area, so you have no excuse if you end up here.