Chez Gerard, Heathrow Airport
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.