The London Review of Breakfasts

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Friday, March 28, 2008

Station Café, Kensal Rise

Station Café
17 Station Terrace
Kensal Rise
NW10 5RX
020 8969 3922

by Stephen Fry-Up

Cautiously, we entered. At three o’clock the place was empty, save – of course – for the staff, and a doddery old timer at the corner table.

“Easter next week.” The old timer spoke; thank god it was not to us.

“Sure is, Mike.”

“You open Easter?”

“Open every day except Christmas, Mike.” (Here, perhaps, a note of pride?)

“Doubt I’ll even make it to Christmas.”

“’Course you will Mike. You’ll be here every day for the next ten years.”

“Ten years? I bloody well doubt it.”

“Alright. Two then.” At that the waiter went purposefully outside to stack some tables or something: one gets the impression that, at the Station Café in Kensal Rise, this conversation might be a fairly regular occurrence.

In my state of semi-confusion – what was I doing in Kensal Rise of all places? How had I even got here? – I was impressed by the waiter’s air of no-nonsense affability: he’d be friendly but no way was he going to stand and chat all day. “Not with all them tables to stack, boss,” he might just have said. I was also impressed, oddly, by the tablecloth – green gingham if I recall – and a particularly ugly-chic repro clock thing on the wall.

But the food! Get to the food! Well I shall, and it was mostly fabulous. Masses of mushrooms, crunchy hash browns, piping hot beans, adequate egg, cheaply peppery black pudding (which I rather like) and quite perfect bacon (fried right to the brink of blackness). And it all came to £4.50, I think. In short, the Station Café is great. And it’s right by the overland station, so you can get back to Hackney pretty sharpish too.

6 Comments:

Blogger Joe Harrod said...

FLEEEE back to East London, very amusing Stephen, the conversational sample evocative and hilarious.

I've eaten there, it's not brilliant but the portions are incredibly generous...

1:48 PM, January 23, 2009  
Anonymous David Llewellyn said...

Went there yesterday, and was very impressed. The Mega Breakfast (not named after the album by The Chap, apparently) came to £5.40 and was bigger than my head. I didn't need to eat again for the rest of the day, and I'm usually a four meals a day kind of person.

10:32 PM, March 08, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Such a brilliant cafe I love it and the portions are great by David Miller

5:41 AM, November 25, 2011  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love this cafe my favourite so far loving the big portions aswell lol frm Mr Miller

5:42 AM, November 25, 2011  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Must say I do love my stations cafe the big proportions keep me goin .keep up the good work team by ALi kyriacou

12:04 AM, October 17, 2013  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

cafe is too nice been going for time dnt fink ill stop going by jack gibbs

12:55 PM, November 09, 2013  

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