Eggs Florentine at Fava Café
There's no need to be polite when chowing down on this brunch bonanza. With two eggs poached to perfection, each on top of a generous bed of salmon, spinach and toast, you'll barely come up for air between mouthfuls. A gentle nudge with a fork is all it took to send the glorious yellow yolk flowing into the other elements of the dish. Smother it all in hollandaise sauce and you have a masterpiece. Get it down you!
Address: 236 Centaurus Rd, St Martins
Whole baby chicken at Meshino
An appealingly crispy, golden-brown baby chicken arrived on a plate beside a colourful grape pickle and creamy cabbage with chestnuts. Three bignet potatoes came a couple of minutes late, with apologies. The chicken was a touch overcooked, but the smooth, mild-tasting cabbage was an excellent accompaniment to the bird. The potatoes were yummy, while the grape pickle was an interesting mix of sweet and savoury. A good heart-warming meal for an autumn day.
Address: 75 Rutland St, St Albans
Seafood chowder at Styx and Stone Bar and Restaurant
A large bowl of thick, butter-yellow soup was laden with treats from the deep. Trawling through the liquid with a spoon, shrimp, baby octopus, baby mussels and some sort of semi-smoked, fleshy fish were found. Celery added crunch to the mix, while carrot and parsley contributed colour. The chowder was deliciously creamy, if not a little too rich. After a shake of salt was added, it was gratefully gulped down with a chunk of warm sourdough bread.
Address: Northwood Supa Centa, 1 Radcliffe Rd, Belfast
Ribeye steak sandwich at Beach Café
Roll your sleeves up before tackling this beast. A visual triumph of a sandwich was swiftly delivered by friendly and attentive staff. Beautifully cooked ribeye and lashings of dark, rich, caramelised onion were crowned with a perfectly runny fried egg. It was served on a token bed of lettuce and surrounded on both sides by crisp, fresh ciabatta. Golden crunchy French fries sealed the deal. A fine sandwich served in a relaxed beachside location.
Address: 16 Beach Rd, Waimari