The same trip to London that I mentioned in my previous review, Cafe de Pierre, had actually begun with an early morning journey from Aberdeen and a very premature arrival to the Park Lane Hotel, with a few hours to kill before moving into my room and a rumbling stomach to feed. Not that familiar with the Green Park area of the city, I was only aware I was right next to Shepherd Market, which I remembered from my previous flash visits as the place to go to in search of a tasty lunch or dinner – but did they serve breakfasts also?
Quick Google search suggested that Cafe Mish would be just the right spot for my needs, and it ranked quite highly among reviewers. I found it in no time, and was glad to see that – despite it’s very restricted dimensions – there was seating available. Upon arrival I was advised at the time only breakfast sandwiches were being served – an ample selection of different variations of Eggs Benedict and the likes, at unbelievable prices considering we were still in the centre of London.
I went for what turned out to probably be the worst choice out of the available – an open sandwich with poached eggs and avocado – as the eggs were lukewarm; but the Flat White that I had with it was magical.
Two days later I decided to return for a second shot at a different breakfast option; this being a Saturday, there was no customers when I got there back of 11am, and only one appeared before I left – so no problem about the seating. This time, however, they were missing brioche buns that I was really keen on, but still went for the Mish E.S.B (egg – sausage – bacon), which was alternatively served on white toasted bread – and was divine!
But the proof is in the pudding, as they say, and I was eager to dive into my Flat White (neither of the two times did it cross my mind to order a mocha, for some reason) – and just like the first one, it was smooth and creamy, and very moreish – but just of the right size, so it left you feeling completely satisfied.
On top of this, the staff were extremely friendly, relaxed and chatty – talking to you for only as long as you were keen, meaning they were no nuisance interrupting your food. In summary, a great hang out place for (mostly) top-notch quick breakfast and a wonderful cup of coffee, at a fabulous price – and I really hope it does well for itself.
Flat white: £2.70 (breakfast bun with coffee between £5 – £6.50)
Verdict justification: Just what the doctor ordered for a moreish breakfast bun and great coffee; only the seating might be an issue, and the wait for your bun during busy times!