If Ive got a meeting at breakfast time, I usually go the Wolseley : Its always reliable (although not excellent, I mostly find) and in the morning has a good buzzy atmosphere - ideal for a formalish meeting with food.
When I'm on my own or with close friends, however, I always go to Kaite's kitchen which, taking it all into account, I think offers the best breakfast in Mayfair. OK so its not a fancy place and you don't have to book but I think those are both pluses at breakfast time.
As for the food : there is a full breakfast menu (the place is open all day and does a good trade at lunch and afternoon as well) with a great choice from healthy to heart attack.
But really, you should try the (heart attack) full English breakfast when you are here : bacon, egg, sausage, beans, chips (fries) and tomato with a reasonable cafe latte (or tea) and 2 slices of toast and butter. How much for all of this in a prime location with attentive, quick service ? The answer is an amazing £5.
The coffee is hot, the food comes double quick and the service is friendly and attentive from the young, hard working team.If you cant face the full English, there are loads of other choices so its ideal whether eating on your own or with a group of disparate friends. As I've said in the title - the full breakfast should be a patented hangover cure.
Katie's is a cafe/diner not a restaurant so its basic and clean with wooden tables and chairs. You can eat outside (great in the summer) and in the winter or the rain they turn the outside area into a pleasant tented outside space so its warm and dry.
The food is great for the price but what I really enjoy about Katies is the people. I mentioned the (multi lingual) staff who are friendly and hardworking but the mix of customers is fantastic and great for people watching. You really do see everyone here : hedge fund managers from along Curzon Street, builders who are refurbishing office blocks close by, local Mayfair residents old and young, visitors and tourists staying at the many hotels in the area, office workers, chauffeurs, businessmen and women etc etc. Its amazing and enjoyable to see all of London enjoying hot, tasty, good value food in the same place - I only wish it happened more often. Even better, whilst eating, you see just as much life walking down Landsdowne Row ; I've seen celebs, models, millionaires, bankers, beggers, normal workers, retirees, tourists and tramps - fantastic.
So if you are living/staying anywhere close by, ignore your hotel breakfast and the Wolseley (either will cost £12 - 20) and go to Katies. It's cheap and cheerful but great value and you get to see and enjoy why Mayfair is like nowhere else in the world.It opens at 7ish, 7 days a week so there really are no (if you have trouble waking up, they still serve the full english all day).
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