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Add: 6 Rue Jean du Bellay, 75004 Paris
Tel: +33 1 43 54 59 41
Hours: 6:30am~2am (open everyday)
Price: [breakfast] €7
Visited on: Mar 2013
I probably would’ve never discovered Café Saint-Régis if Paris in Four Months didn’t suggest this place for our meet up (so first of all, thank you :). This old school Parisian café isn’t anything out of the ordinary, but it’s a charming and comfortable place to rest tired feet or fill empty stomachs if you happen to be wandering in the Notre Dame area. The cherry on top? Free wi-fi.
Can’t comment on the dishes here since we only stopped by for breakfast (€7), which includes freshly-squeezed orange juice, croissant/tartine, and a hot drink of choice (coffee, tea, or hot chocolate).
Add: 160 Piccadilly, London W1J 9EB
Tel: 020 7499 6996
Hours: [Mon-Fri] 7am~12am [Sat] 8am~12am [Sun] 8am~11pm
Price: [breakfast] £15~20
Visited on: Jan 2013
Breakfast at The Wolseley is an institution. There’s even a book dedicated to it, literally titled “Breakfast at The Wolesley”, written by British restaurant critic A.A. Gill – and this could very well be a marketing gimmick, but I did find breakfast here to be an enjoyable experience. Grandiose decor, lively atmosphere, and pleasant if not especially memorable food. A must do in London? Not really, but if you have the spare time, why not?
Busy bees in and outside the kitchen.
Freshly baked viennoiseries.
The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong
Address: International Commerce Centre, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel: (852) 2263 2263
Visited on: 2011-12-23
Good morning Hong Kong! After we reluctantly wriggled out of our ultra comfortable bed, we made our way to the Club Lounge for breakfast. Floor-to-celing windows, soft velvety morning light, jazz in the air, and the sweet smell of fresh pastries and coffee – a fine way to wake up.
Note: for those not staying at the Club Lounge levels, breakfast is served at The Lounge & Bar on the 102nd floor.
Decor, love the telescope
The buffet features a selection of cold cuts, fresh fruits, yogurt, pastries, hot dishes, fresh juices, and eggs made to order. I’m also guessing the kitchen can conjure up whatever you fancy at the moment – after all, it is THE Ritz-Carlton – but I was very happy with what was already on the table.
Liu Mama’s Rice Ball 劉媽媽飯團
Address: No. 88, Hangzhou South Rd Section 2, Taipei / 台北市杭洲南路二段88號
Price: 35~55 NTD/rice ball
What gets me up early in the day? A good breakfast, but of course. On my last morning in Taipei, I set out in the drizzling rain to find the city’s best breakfast rice ball, a staple food that originated from Japan (they call it お握り onigiri) but has since been evolved and adapted to fit the Taiwanese palate. 劉媽媽飯團 (Liu Mama’s), a little hole in the wall on Hangzhou South Rd, is reputed to be the best in its class. So is it worth sacrificing a few hours of sleep for? Absolutely.
Liu Mama Rice Ball
Here’s the menu at Liu Mama’s, you can see that there are quite a few options. Basically, you can choose between regular sticky rice and purple sticky rice, and pick from an assortment of ingredients like tuna, sausage, pork chops, cheese, kimchi, smoke chicken, plum, corn, bonito flakes, etc., etc., etc.
In the making
But all I wanted was the simple 招牌紫米飯團 signature purple rice rice ball (35 NTD). What’s in it? Braised egg (滷蛋), pickled cabbage (酸菜), dried turnips (蘿蔔干), pork floss (肉鬆), deep-fried dough stick (油條), all wrapped up in sticky, chewy, freshly-cooked purple rice. Nothing fancy, but oh my gosh, what a totally satisfying mouthful.
Simon Says B&B
Address: Sluizeken 89000 Gent, Belgium
Tel: +32 9 233 03 43
Price: €100/night for 2 people, bookings of 2 nights or more will recieve a discount
The bed at Simon Says is ultra comfortable. The only thing that lured me out of it was the enticing aroma of freshly baked croissants and freshly brewed coffee from the downstairs cafe. When breakfast smells this good, sleeping in simply is not an option.
At the cafe, we were greeted by Christopher and Vache the B&B cat. Vache is “cow” in French – just look at his fur and you’ll know why this name is so befitting.
Breakfast at Simon Says is a feast. Freshly squeezed orange juice, amazing croissants (I’d say one of the best I’ve ever had) and other pastries (the chocolate ones are scrumptious), perfectly boiled eggs (so soft so tender), plain yogurt, organic museli, fresh cherries, and of course, luxurious coffee.
Fu Hang Dou Jiang 阜杭豆漿
Add: HuaShan Market Building, 2F, Zhongxiao E. Rd. Sec. 1, No. 108, 2F
Tel: (02) 2392 2175
Hours: [Daily] 5:30am~12:30pm
Price: [soy milk] 20~25NTD, [shao bing] 25~55NTD
With breakfast joints occupying every other street corners of Taipei, Fu Hang Dou Jiang has done impressively well in attracting a loyal following of breakfast eaters who would travel the distance and wait in a long queue, just to sink their teeth in one of the most satisfying shao bing (roasted flatbreads) in the city. This is what gets me up at 6:45am even when I’m on holidays.
Tip: It’s a popular place, and it closes at 10am, so come early or leave hungry.
Since 1958, Fu Hang has been churning out 燒餅 (shao bing, or roasted flatbread) and 油條 (you tiao, or deep-fried cruller) made fresh daily in the traditional Nanjing way. Look through the glass to get a feel of the hustle and bustle in the kitchen.
After a short wait, here’s what we got on the plate.
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Mr. Pancake House
Address: 877 Wuding Lu, near Jiaozhou Lu / 武定路877号, 近胶州路
Tel: 6255 1648
Price: 30~50 RMB/person
This small pancake specialty shop in Jing’an area is so popular that they don’t even take reservations (not on weekends, at least). The food and the decor are just ok, but the the price is unbeatable – for less than 50 RMB, you get pancakes, sausages/bacon/ham, eggs, home fries, plus coffee or tea. Better yet, they serve breakfast until 3:00pm!
A not so pretty storefront
On this particular Sunday early afternoon, we waited about 20 minutes before we got seats for four. A word on the outdoor seats – if you choose to sit outside, expect to breathe in excessive car fumes as you chow down the pancakes because you will be practically sitting next to the road.
Most of the breakfast sets are similar – 2 small pancakes, 2 eggs any style, home fries, and sausages/ham/bacon – my favorite being the German sausages. If you’d rather not do sets, the banana walnut pancakes would be a safe choice, though they just seemed like plain pancakes topped with banana slices.
Banana Walnut Pancake 28 RMB
German Sausage Breakfast, 48 RMB