True to form, Britain are adopting the new American trend that is Brinner. Haven’t heard of it yet? It’s simple, really: you have breakfast foods for dinner. Why? Well, why not! Breakfast foods like eggs (which most Brinner recipes contain) are cheap, nutritious, and can be incorporated simply into so many recipes! And soft and spongey pancakes are a renowned comfort food – brilliant after a rubbish day. But it’s not just cooked breakfast – specialty breakfast cafes are popping up all across London, like the Porridge Café, or The Cereal Killer café. No longer is breakfast for dinner a cheeky meal when you’re too tired to cook a ‘proper’ meal, nor is cereal for tea just a staple of the average student’s menu – Brinner is open for business!
So where can you go to get your Brinner fix? Well, if you’re after a true breakfast’n’dinner combination, then The Duck & Waffle, perched atop a 40-storey skyscraper in central London, is the restaurant for you! With a slight up-market twist, the Duck & Waffle offers an array of egg dishes for dinner, such as Colombian Eggs, a delicious meal of organic eggs, toast, and avocado, or Duck Egg En Cocotte, which features wild mushrooms, Gruyère, truffle and, of course, soldiers (it’s fancy eggs and soldiers. Brilliant!). Or, if eggs aren’t your thing, they also offer other breakfast-based meals such as Bacon Wrapped Dates, with linguiça, manchego and a watercress salad, or its namesake Duck & Waffle which comprises of a crispy leg confit, fried duck egg, and waffle with mustard maple syrup. Delicious!
If you prefer things a bit looser and chilled out, but still want it cooked, then The Breakfast Club’s chain of London restaurants might better sate your brinner needs. With 6 locations dotted around London, and a new one in Brighton, The Breakfast Club has been providing Londoners with their brinner fix since 2005. Since, they’ve gone on to open cafes in other locations, like Camden Passage in Angel in 2007, and another in 2009 for those skinny-jean-wearing Hoxton Heroes. Offering separate breakfast & brunch menus, naturally, they also manage to slip in some breakfast foods to their tea-time menu, aptly titled “Late Late Breakfast”, which boasts more of “having breakfast for dinner” rather than a combination of the two, with the likes of “The All American” dish (pancakes, eggs, sausages, home-style fried potatoes, streaky bacon and maple syrup), and a Brit version, the Late Late Breakfast which loses the pancakes, fried potatoes and maple syrup in favour of mushroom, tomato, toast and black pudding.
Not into cooked breakfast? Never fear! The Cereal Killer Café, not actually run by serial killers but by twins Alan and Gary Keery from Belfast, proudly boasts being the UK’s first speciality
So go forth, and eat breakfast for dinner.
Or if you fancy having a go yourself, Delicious Magazine have a whole host of Brinner recipes!