Breakfast at The Savoy, London
During my last four years at King's College London, I constantly found myself teased by the thought of escaping Medieval French classes to satiate an affair with buttery French croissants or Afternoon Tea at some of the incredible hotels along the Strand.
Breakfast is undeniably the most important meal of the day - it's your first intake of energy and there's so many simple and delicious breakfast options. I find that breakfast in hotels so unforgivably gets pushed into this category of dining, where the only purpose of the meal is to necessitate a daily routine. Dishes often end up as plates with sad looking cheese, a bowl of plain yoghurt and tinned fruits, a very-very-hard boiled egg eaten with tired, forced-open eyes, and three much-needed coffees before a long day of work.
A good Breakfast is what should get you out of bed in the morning. And if you're staying with The Savoy, forget the alarm because the smell and thought of their Stacked American Banana Pancakes, Caramelised Apple and Cinnamon Brioche or the Eggs Florentine will have your stomach rumbling and down to the beautiful Kaspar's Seafood Bar and Grill before you know it...
Old-Fashioned Belgian Waffles with Berries £17
Whilst growing up in Dubai, I was very lucky to have been able to have visited some stunning hotels and resorts such as The One and Only Royal Mirage, The Westin, The Royal Meridien, The Shangri-La, The Intercontinental or having Afternoon Tea in the Sahn Eddar Room at the Burj Al-Arab.
It wasn't long before I realised that there was a lot more that constitutes towards a dining experience than just the food. When friends and family would come to visit, they'd ask us for recommendations. And whilst many hotels in Dubai, (and equally in London) are fantatsic; every hotel appeals for different reasons.
Inside Kaspar's Seafood Bar and Grill where Breakfast is served from 7.00 - 10.30am
The outstanding experience at The Savoy starts from the moment you turn into the court driveway and walk through the doors. I was so pleased to be greeted with a multitude of smiles bright and early in the morning and its interior left me almost speechless. As much as I can describe The Savoy to you, the best thing is to go and see it for yourself. It is truly breathtaking.
The definition of luxury in 2016 is very different to what it used to be when hotels like The Savoy first opened in the late 1800's. Electric lights, lifts, running hot and cold water and much of the hotel's other luxury features were rare and so The Savoy naturally became Britain's first ever luxury hotel with these features.
The shimmer and grandiosity of its design and architecture has an obvious appreciation for the glamour of The Strand's glitzy Theatre scene; with six of their dining rooms named after Gilbert and Sullivan operas. The Hotel boasts a Royal and very exclusive clientele and the Hotel's first Manager César Ritz, who was hired in 1890 then left to open the very famous Ritz-Carlton in Picadilly.
Before you arrive at Kaspar's Seafood Bar And Grill, you glide through The Thames Foyer where Afternoon Tea is served (for £50 pp weekdays). This room was redesigned in 2007 as part of an enormous renovation throughout the hotel where the cupola, (the ceiling dome) had originally been covered since the days of World War II. The cupola now yields to an ethereal stream of morning light, mellowed by the warmth of golden lamps surrounding the winter-garden gazebo.
The re-designed cupola in the Thames Foyer, where Afternoon Tea is served
Through the Thames Foyer, you walk into Kaspar's Seafood Bar and Grill for Breakfast. I'd strongly recommend getting a seat at the back with views of the Thames. You don't want to miss this.
The breakfast menu at Kaspar's probably has the most exquisite range of dishes I've seen to date. In addition to classics such as Eggs Florentine, Belgian Waffles, Omelettes and Toasted Bagels, their menu divides into 10 substantial sections filled with different favourites and flavours from around the world.
There is the Japanese Breakfast with Salmon Fillet or Cod, Dry Toasted Seaweed or Pickled Vegetables with Miso Soup. There's also the Gluten-Free choices, Chinese Breakfast and a significant list of Breakfast Favourites with inspiration from the restaurant's Seafood Bar like the Poached Smoked Haddock or Cornish Crab on English Muffin.
The atmosphere is quiet, relaxed, and the fantastic service made it so much more enjoyable. The staff are extremely helpful, relaxed, wonderfully friendly and really go the extra mile to make sure that you have an excellent start to your day.
The Old-Fashioned Belgian Waffles with Berries were warm, tasty and perfectly accompanied with maple syrup and fresh berries. Fresh orange or passionfruit juice is served with a choice of hot drinks.
As well as having eaten breakfast in some great hotels, I've also worked at and served breakfast in hotels such as The Knightsbridge. The feedback I received from customers proved that outstanding food and service, especially first thing in the morning really creates a lasting impression for guests.
Of course I knew that breakfast at The Savoy would be an unforgettable experience - but it really is one to add to the top of your list. Special occasions need not be limited to lunch or dinner; they can be at any time of the day. So why not start your day by celebrating in the heart of London for an occasion that will make all eyes green with envy and stomachs hungry at the thought of Buttery American Pancakes, Croissants, Red Berry-filled Waffles and Poached Eggs with Smoked Salmon.
A big thank you to Mario, Rudi, and the rest of the team at Kaspar's for organising this feature with me.
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