Brunch @ Salvation Jane

I felt shattered when I finally rested my head on the pillow after a long and fun day out with a fellow WP blogger, SC, from Wandering Cows.
When I reviewed one of the eateries around Old Street station, SC kindly recommended Salvation Jane on City Road which proved to be a spot on suggestion. Then naturally, we decided to have brunch at there together.
Yesterday morning, around 11AM, Hubbie and I arrived first at Shoreditch Grind where we were to rendezvous. Shortly afterward, SC joined us and we made our way to Salvation Jane. The restaurant was far from being deserted, despite the fact it was Saturday – a weekend is the most quiet time in the City. In fact, we waited for a fairly long time before our foods were brought to the table…

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Over another round of tea & latte, we resumed our talk which was interrupted by a malfunctioning fire alarm at Shoreditch Grind…

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It turned out that we didn’t live that far from one another. What a coincident! That means only one thing. We are going out together more often. Hurrah!

Eventually, our brunch emerged from the kitchen…

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I ordered a dish of salt beef hashcakes with poached eggs, fresh spinach and smoked tomato relish…

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The salt beef and mashed potato was perfected done and when the cake was drenched with a runny egg yoke, the result was a divinely delicious dish.

Hubbie opted for thyme roasted Portobello mushrooms and Goat’s cheese with crisp polenta, watercress and a poached egg…

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The dish looked very wholesome and healthy. I should have stolen a bite from his but I was too absorbed to our chat. By the way, SC picked BERT – toasted sourdough, organic sausage instead of bacon, a fried egg, rocket, fresh tomato and aioli. My apology for not taking a picture of her plate. I was more interested in sinking my teeth into the salt beef hashcake!

All in all, the brunch at Salvation Jane was a pleasant way to kick-start our exciting day out at Spitalfields area…

Kaori by Kaori Okumura

Salvation Jane @ City Road

I knew about this eatery since it opened in 2008 but never came around to pay a visit until a fellow blogger, Wandering Cows, kindly recommended their breakfast menu to me.
After dropping by the post office on Old Street, I thought ‘Hey, why don’t I have breakfast at Salvation Jane?’ So instead of walking up City Road northbound, I turned south, towards Moorgate.

The cafe was located next to Oliver’s Yard, a stone’s throw from the famous Bunhill Field Burial Ground

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The time was nearly 11:00 and the place was infused with tranquility.
Their decor was not at all  modern and sleek but more like homely and solid. A plenty of comfortable timber chairs and tables dotted around the dining area which put any new customer at ease straight away…

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A morning coffee rush crowd was long gone, therefore, the place was sparsely occupied by a small number of customers…

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For breakfast, I ordered  sausage sandwich with HG Walter’s pork & leek sausages and tomato relish on sourdough toast with a fried egg…

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It was a rather chilly & windy morning and I wanted something meaty to line my stomach.
Apart from the toasted sourdough being rather too tough to handle with my overworked & feeble hands, the dish was an absolute joy to eat. The egg was perfectly runny and their tomato relish was refreshing and moreish.

The service was friendly and efficient. And they appeared to be very serious about their coffee too…

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While I was at my table with cutlery in my hands, I noticed the trees outside and their leave were turning red.
The sight intrigued me because most of the leaves I usually came across in London ended up turning brown or yellow in autumn before falling to the ground. Upon leaving the cafe, I decided to investigate this rare sight so walked to the courtyard next door. In the square, I found a row of Momiji, acer palmatum – the Japanese maple trees!
How beautiful they were…

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The trees were sporting their signature autumn leaves in flaming red. I remembered there was a large Momiji tree in my parents’ garden. Is it still standing? Must ask Mom next time I call her…

Kaori by Kaori Okumura

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