The London Review of Breakfasts

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

Monday, April 17, 2006

Chez Gerard, Heathrow Airport

Chez Gerard
Terminal 3
Heathrow Airport
TW6

by Herby Banger

There are surprisingly few eating options at Heathrow’s Terminal 3, which is where most of the long international flights depart from. The only real opportunity for a sit-down breakfast is Chez Gerard, a pleasant pastiche of a French café, wedged into the corner of the busy shopping area.

I quickly deduced that I would have “Le Petit Déjeuner Anglais”. However I couldn’t bring myself to vocalise it in French, just as the French wouldn’t say “English Breakfast please” on the streets of Paris.

This is an airport so there are some things we have to put up with – the plastic cutlery for one, yet another sad echo of 9/11; and a ludicrous price, £10.95 in this case. The breakfast contained 2 eggs, a small yet herby sausage, mushroom, grilled tomatoes, 2 rashers of smoked bacon, toast and tea or coffee. You also get beans, brought out in their own dish, which is placed on the bigger plate. This is definitely not for the purist, and when I first saw it I did indeed scoff, but on reflection the siphoning off of the beans reveals itself to be a stroke of subtle genius. Firstly, it means that you can control the amount of beans on your plate. How many breakfasts have been ruined by the overpowering swell of too many beans? Also this extra dish keeps the little buggers piping hot, and after countless occasions of being served luke-warm beans I almost wish that this was introduced as standard practice for all breakfast proprietors.

The breakfast itself was very well cooked and enjoyed immensely. Nothing spectacular, but it definitely could’ve been a lot worse. In fact if, like me, the thought of being in the air for 11 hours doesn’t sit too well, then this is the perfect settler.

4 Comments:

Blogger sibslock said...

This place is a little oasis a quiet in an otherwise loud airport terminal. It's in the farthest corner from where you come in so wasn't very busy and service was very quick. Yes expensive but everything is at Heathrow. Was a brilliant way to start my holiday and meant that I was already full so didn't have to eat the awful breakfast presented to me on the plane.

3:29 PM, April 24, 2006  
Anonymous Herby said...

Thanks for the comment. Very glad that you enjoyed it also.

We now have reviews for Terminals 1, 3 and 4 for Heathrow but alas not 2. So if you have been there and think you have a good recommendation please let us know.

HB

12:55 PM, May 02, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Last Friday morning I broke my fast in Terminal 2. I shall endeavour to convey my thoughts in the near future, although 'a good recommendation' may not be the most accurate way to describe the venue or the breakfast itself.

Yours in admiration of a particularly fine site,

RPR

5:15 PM, March 20, 2007  
Blogger jeff dawes said...

Please please please, if you are heading out of london, and going to heathrow
Make sure you call into Heston services, the break there will be better quality the Chez!!! The breakfast was terrible, eggs left under heated light and hard, crispi around the edges, vegi sausage deep fried load of mush, teaspoon full of mushrooms, No beans, No toast, No coffee included, which was ordered seperately, and luke warm, all for a fabulous price of just over £8, GREAT!!!!!

9:56 AM, August 17, 2009  

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