Lark Lane venue serving the ‘best breakfast’ for less than £10 – review – Jess Flaherty


A Lark Lane restaurant is serving what may just be the best breakfast in the world – and it costs less than £10.

I’m a bit lazy when it comes to breakfast and often stick to cereal as I can’t summon the energy to make anything that requires effort in a morning. Because of this, I often venture out for breakfast on a weekend.

Milo Lounge, located on the city’s eclectic and bustling Lark Lane, is a popular venue thanks to its extensive menu of delectable, freshly made food and a drinks menu packed with traditional beverages and freshly made juices. I’m a big fan of Milo Lounge and have never had a bad experience.

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The restaurant is perfectly suited to Lark Lane, with its chic dark walls kitted out in embossed, distressed wallpaper; elaborate lighting with clashing lampshades; its chunky, mismatched wooden chairs; and a medley of vintage pictures, paintings and mirrors adorning the walls. The food is always delightful – and it’s pretty cheap, too.

I visited the restaurant one busy Saturday morning with my partner and our gorgeous dog in tow (dog friendly venues make my life so much easier) and – don’t condemn me in the comments – opted for a slightly less traditional breakfast to kick off my weekend. I chose Shakshuka.

I know what you’re thinking – what’s Shakshuka? I thought the same thing the first time I saw it on the menu. It’s a middle-Eastern dish that’s made with a rich tomato and red pepper sauce, and poached eggs. Milo Lounge’s version contains two poached eggs in a lightly spiced Mediterranean tomato and red pepper sauce with roasted aubergine, crispy chickpeas and whipped feta yoghurt, served with toasted ciabatta.

The poached eggs were cooked to perfection and, when cut, the yolk satisfyingly oozed into the spiced sauce to merge the flavours together. The ciabatta is a generous slab of light, fluffy, carby goodness.

It costs £8.75 and is very filling – though I’m a relatively small person so you might want to add some sides if your appetite is a little more ferocious. I think it’s a very reasonable price for something that’s so tasty and is obviously freshly made to order.

Though many people prefer a traditional full English breakfast, I find this dish to be a worthy competitor. It’s packed with flavours that would suit all manner of tastes as it’s slightly spicy, while still being rich and tangy, and it’s also creamy and comforting.

From experience, it works well against a hangover (winning) but it’s also ideal on those lovely, lazy weekend mornings. In fact, I’d go so far as to say this is the best breakfast in the world! If you feel vehemently protective over your traditional full English, just remember there’s an ‘opinion’ label at the top of this review…

I’m completely obsessed with this dish and won’t be contemplating ordering anything from Milo Lounge but Shakshuka for the foreseeable future. I wholeheartedly recommend it.

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