The London Review of Breakfasts

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

Monday, April 07, 2008

Kensington Square Kitchen, Kensington

Kensington Square Kitchen
9 Kensington Square
W8 5EP
020 7938 2598

by Alotta Waffle

What with Kensington Square being one of the country’s most expensive places to buy property, you’d think its latest café might be something special. Yummy mummies and their personal trainers, ladies who brunch and those with time and money to burn would all (one might assume) be regulars. Not to mention anyone who is heartily sick of Whole Foods.

From the airy yet cosy feel inside, it seemed that I was not to be disappointed. The walls were pale green, the panelling was cream-washed and there were papers lying around for all to enjoy. But oh, how deceptive appearances can be.

Aghast when the granola came in a thimble – sorry egg cup-sized pot – I nearly broke a tooth on the burn-to-a-cinder oats that tasted both smoky and overly sweet from all the added sugar. A few well-chosen raisins or figs really would have sufficed.

The eggs fared a little better (again – small portions) but were a tad on the buttery side for those who prefer their scrambled to be firm. What a relief to find that both the toast and smoked salmon were entirely edible, and the staff at least friendly.

The clientele in KSQ is more media types from Associated News across the square – mainlining coffee or sweating their way through job interviews to get the hell out of there – than yummies or trillionaires.

The tea was fine, the coffee OK, and the yoghurt/berry mix very passable. But then I could have got all that (and more) from my local greasy spoon and not paid £25 purely, it seems, for the privilege of sitting in London’s most expensive square. Give it a miss – unless you’re going for a job interview, of course.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think it's the best place to have breakfast in west london! the scrambled eggs are to die for.. (and the coffee!).

11:02 AM, June 06, 2008  
Blogger Howlin Duck said...

KSK rocks my world.

5:09 PM, July 09, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the reviewer is quite wrong. The breakfast is great.

9:52 AM, April 26, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No, it's amazing. Their porridge is epic. The flat white is the best around. It's my favourite place.

11:30 AM, September 03, 2011  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This review has no idea. KSK has the best coffee in London. Full Stop. And the breakfasts are great. The Bacon and Egg Burger is my personal favourite.

3:21 PM, May 29, 2012  

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