In celebration of National Toast Day on the 23rd February we have compiled a list of the best breakfasts, breads and accompaniments for you to start your day…
How much would you pay for a slice of toast? In San Francisco there’s a woman who charges US$5 per slice for her artisanal toast. This could be seen as outrageous but then many people are prepared to pay £25 for risotto and that is a bowl of rice. Seattle based Nathan Myhrvold and Francisco Migoya along with their cooking lab team have researched bread and its components from every angle. The publication date of their new book Modernist Bread, The Art and Science will be announced this week.
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Brioche eggy bread with banana, pecans and salted caramel at Plum + Spilt Milk
What better way to celebrate National Toast day than brioche eggy bread with banana, pecans and salted caramel! Plum + Spilt Milk serves this treat for breakfast and in their Saturday brunch menu. Available every Saturday between 11.00am and 3.00pm, the brunch menu is priced at £65 for two, including a bottle of Billecart-Salmon Champagne to share and coffee to finish. For further information please visit www.plumandspiltmilk.com
Kinako French toast with matcha soft serve at Shackfuyu
Londoners looking for a Japanese-inspired way to mark National Toast Day should head to Soho’s favourite Japanese restaurant, Shackfuyu, where they can enjoy *THAT* instafamous Kinako French toast with its caramelised coating and refreshing hit of vibrant green matcha soft ice cream served on the side.
Start your day the Italian way: all new breakfast menus at Sartoria
Sartoria on Savile Row has launched an all new breakfast menus, offering guests the chance to start the day with creative southern Italian dishes inspired by Chef Patron Francesco Mazzei’s Calabrian heritage. Eggs Purgatorio celebrates the spicy Calabrian specialty of ‘nduja, baked with spicy tomato and eggs and served with crostini. Further dishes include the Milano, a saffron risotto cake served with a soft-boiled egg and wild mushrooms, and the Smoky of aubergine puree, smoked fish and a poached egg. Those looking to fuel up for the day can opt for The Italian Job, an irresistible combination of pancetta, grilled polenta, Tuscan sausage, fried egg and roasted tomatoes, while lighter options such as fresh pastries, fruit salads, granola and yoghurt are also available. www.sartoria-restaurant.co.uk/menus/restaurant/breakfast
Bertinert Bakery sourdough
The secret behind a good piece of toast is definitely good quality bread! Celebrate National Toast Day with bread that is lovingly handmade and full of flavour from the Bertinet Bakery team. The Bertinet Bakery sliced sourdough tin loaf assures you with a loaf that has no additives, preservative or processing aids yet stays soft enough for a sandwich and firm enough for toast! Only being made with three ingredients each loaf is moulded by hand by the bakery’s skilled team before proving slowly to allow the dough to develop a delicious full flavour.
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Arabica Food & Spice Spreads
Where there is bread, there must be a spread and for this National Toast Day Arabica Food & Spice have two that will serve your mornings well. For the jam lovers, there is Arabica Strawberry and Rosewater jam that is bursting full of English strawberries. Arabica’s jam is lightly perfumed with the scent of roses and is best served spread thickly on hot toast and baked scones. If jam is not your spread of choice then Arabica Food & Spice have an Orange and Cardamon Marmalade, crammed with coarse cut Seville orange shreds and enhanced with exotic green cardamom and orange blossom water. Perfect on a slice of toasted granary.
Dirty Bones Matcha custard French toast
Why not indulge as soon as you wake up with a thick-cut brioche infused with matcha custard, coated in almond crunch and cooked til golden at Dirty Bones. Served with candied bacon and maple syrup (£8.50) it’s a part of the weekend brunch at the Shoreditch branch; a selection of cold pressed juices and creative hot drinks such as the Turmeric Latte and the Dirty Chai is also available, as well as a section of the menu dedicated to Shoreditch Crumpets.
A Nordic morning feast at Aquavit
Celebrate National Toast Day in a Nordic fashion! Aquavit London, located in the stunning St. James’s Market showcases the very best of Nordic cuisine and design throughout breakfast, lunch and dinner. Delivering a contemporary take on authentic Nordic cuisine, Executive Chef Henrik Ritzén has developed a breakfast menu to satisfy all customers, including delights such as Nordic pastries; Raggmunk, bacon & lingonberry; Smoked eel Benedict; and Aquavit’s full breakfast. Enjoy breakfast at Aquavit Monday – Friday 7.30am-11.30am and make sure you pop in for brunch on the weekends.