Date: 29th June 2019.
Venue: Small Talk Tearooms- Chelmsford, Essex
Avocado, Poached Eggs & smoked salmon on a toasted bagel,
Chocolate Fudge Cake,
Red Velvet Cake
Russian Caravan tea
Lapsang Souchong tea
I have walked past Small Talk a number of times and always thought it was quaint, but never been inside before.
The interior is very old fashioned, teapots are served with cosies on and there is a mismatch of chairs. It’s a welcome change from the edgy hipster cafes we have all come to know and love.
The service was prompt and we were quickly asked what we wanted to drink. We selected two teas and knew what we wanted to eat so placed our orders for food then and there.
I requested that the poached egg was very runny as I don’t eat egg whites at this stage.
The teas were served within minutes and food came out shortly after.
The Russian Caravan was excellent, like a quality breakfast tea. Neither of us were fans of the Lapsang Souchong. The description did say ‘smoky’ but it was so strong you could smell the almost burnt scent from across the table. However, we are certainly no tea connoisseurs so don’t feel we can possibly judge this in any way.
The breakfast itself was very nice. The bagel was lightly toasted and the salmon was fresh. The avocado would have been nicer and had a better bite per ratio if it was crushed but this is very personal. The egg however, had a hard yolk and was not as requested.
The eggs Florentine were also very nice. The hollandaise sauce was a bit sparse but what was there tasted creamy. The dish was well seasoned and other than the limited sauce was exactly what I ordered.
Both cakes were generous portions and tasted great, both were very rich, which coupled with the size did mean we didn’t finish them. This was not a reflection on the taste at all rather the fact we were full.
Three words to describe this meal – Family friendly food.
Would you recommend to a friend – Yes. Overall, we really enjoyed our breakfast and it was great value for money. If we are around Chelmsford we would return.
Value for money 8/10
Quality of produce 7/10
Wait time 9/10
Overall score 7/10
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