The London Review of Breakfasts

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

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

DK's Cafe, Victoria

DK's Café
68 Wilton Rd
020 7963 0981

by Gracie Spoon

Victoria Station: nemesis of the Southbound. It seems such a shame to have anything good to say about it or its 500-metre radius. But the thing is, I found a café, had a breakfast and lucked upon a merciful cocoon from the Victoria reality, as not one single frustrating, overpriced or incompetent thing even tried to happen.

Featuring a mirrored wall, a windowed wall and a sudden, dense forest of wooden tables, DK's on Wilton Rd has the air of a stereotypical French bar, except the ashtrays were clean and so were the floor and the staff. My veggie all-dayer (£5 including tea or coffee: special offer on a weekday) was to be praised for many reasons: perhaps most notably for the fact that it didn’t resort to fake meat to make up the numbers, instead piling on pleasingly crispy hash browns and potato wedges amongst the usual eggs, toast and tomatoes. As an ensemble, the breakfasts favoured taste over slime: our eggs were a lightweight joy and my whole grilled tomato was a vibrant advertisement for the 5-a-day campaign. The good-looking Eggs Benedict (£5) was rightfully generous with the hollandaise and, more controversially, with the ham. Although my companion was mildly perturbed by what he felt was a superfluity of meat, a reaction like this may well depend on your tastes and overall ham threshold. Special mention to the drinks, as the apple juice was unexpectedly freshly squeezed, and the coffee was a pleasure: strong but slow, unlike the thin sloppy mugfuls of angst I’m used to paying out for.

DKs served us an unpretentiously priced breakfast with just enough of the ponce to keep everything the right side of clean, fresh and tasty. Move the station north a bit, and I’ll happily go back.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been to the café recently. It certainly lives up to the review and there's actually a printout of the blog on the door.

5:32 PM, February 06, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Quite right, a fantastic brekkie joint - I've been going there for years and it offers quality, quantitly , atmos and great value all day long. One correction: the address is actually 86-87 Wilton Road, corner of Warwick Way SW1V.

Francis Bacon.

5:23 PM, March 24, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Went here twice with my girlfriend over the weekend just gone by must say the breakfast was excellent when it arrived ! saturdays breakfast arrived 35mins after ordering but this was forgiven as we were greatful to be eating as i said the breakfast was one of the best i have had so we left without bearing any grudge over the waiting time. We returned the following day putting the waiting time down to lack of staff or just a bad day, a once off, however the results were similar great breakfast with a waiting time of 50 minuites this time. It is beyond me how any breakfast can take this long. These waiting times are not an exagaration !

1:59 PM, September 30, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

DKs Diner Cafe is so terrible. I've just returned home after having breakfast there and the experience has mad me so angry that I've come straight to my computer to write this review.

The staff are not friendly at all whatsoever and they are totally incompetent. We waited over half and hour for our fry-ups even though there was only a couple of other customers. And when they arrived the food was well below average (cheap sausages, powdered scrambled eggs). We paid £17 for two coffees and two breakfasts, this place is not value for money! I would advise anybody not go DKs because it's over priced, badly serviced and awful food. And it also stinks of bleach. And the blonde waitress who works there is the most miserable person you will ever meet and she scowls at you on arrival.

2:08 PM, June 06, 2009  

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