The London Review of Breakfasts

"Hope is a good breakfast, but it is a bad supper." (Francis Bacon)

Friday, October 21, 2005

Black Cherry, East Dulwich

Black Cherry
21 Lordship Lane
East Dulwich
SE22 8EW
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.


Blogger London Review of Breakfasts said...

While I did indeed enjoy the omelette, it should be noted that it contained the advertised "bacon" only in the same way that peanuts are to be found in food carrying a label that warns "this dish may contain peanuts".

1:06 AM, November 01, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

no offence, but what kind of breakfast were you expecting from a bar that styles itself as a 'trendy' cocktail bar? Why not try the greasy spoon next door next time?

2:30 PM, February 15, 2006  
Blogger Herby Banger said...

Surely the point of a review is to bring no expectations to the establishment before experiencing it? What I was expecting is of little consequence and the review is only qualified by being fair in the description of what I received for my money. Being new in town, and also advertising its brunch meant that it was ripe for trying. I think it is fairer to say that a review of one of the many none descript greasy spoons on Lordship Lane does not warrant the same effort, unless they do something remarkable; but I certainly haven’t found that to be the case. In addition Black Cherry charges double for its efforts and therefore should be placed under closer scrutiny.

1:18 PM, February 21, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"point of a review is to bring no expectations to the establishment before experiencing it?"

That's as maybe, but would you order a Long Island Ice Tea in a greasy spoon? No? Didn't think so....

12:40 AM, January 16, 2007  
Blogger DC said...

Closed a long long time ago. Now Franco Manca.

11:06 AM, April 18, 2015  

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