Taste Buds, Palmers Green
306 Green Lanes
020 8886 0390
by Blake Pudding
To Taste Buds on London's increasingly fashionable Green Lanes I took the those two delightful Takabayashi sisters, who I always find irresistible at any time of day. After last week's horror at the hands of the old foe, I was delighted to find that this cafe was run by Greek Cypriots.
I went for that brunch stand by of sausage, egg and chips with a mug of tea. Regarding the latter, I received a letter from a Mr Konsani concerning the subject of which beverage to take with his morning repast. I do agree that a nice cup of tea is the perfect thing with an English breakfast. It cuts through the grease and refreshes the palate. Last week, however, as I was in a French cafe I feel that it would have been utter madness to order the tea.
Anyway, I digress. Breakfast came promptly though the asked for glass of water never materialised. The chips were excellent, perfectly crisp and golden. The eggs had been prepared using a "mould" which is normally the mark of a dishonest or incompetent cook. A fresh egg will never run in the pan. In the end, one of the eggs was well prepared with a runny yolk though the other was fit only for that breakfast heretic, Ed Benedict (if that really is his name). Only one sausage came with the breakfast which was disappointing though not as disappointing as the extra sausage when it arrived. It had been spliced down the middle and heated up quickly in less than fresh looking grease. The quality of the sausages was low but they were not inedible. For all this I was charged £3.25. It was a satisfactory meal - but not one for the true breakfast lover.