Went to Chiltern Firehouse today with my wife and family, after they'd booked for us to have brunch as my birthday treat.
I was slightly dubious about the place due to the excess of attention it gets in poor quality magazines and papers, and have no interest in eating somewhere in the hope I sit next to a celebrity who I've never heard of.
The restaurant is beautifully done up, it's a lovely venue and the attention to detail is impressive. We went with our kids and the staff were lovely with them and very attentive.
The food is ok. Just ok. The 'signature' crab donuts leaked oil when I squeezed mine, but tasted... well... ok. If you like crab and doughnut. I had the crab omelette to follow, and it was very small and not groundbreaking. For £17!!! For that money you would expect something special. What I got was a two egg omelette with a stingy sprinkling of crab flesh on top and a bit of spicing that made it slightly more interesting than it sounds (but only just).
We also had their eggs benedict and florentine, which were fine but nothing better than in any other average brunch spot. Only at £12 a plate for two small eggs on muffins, at least double the price.
The clientele appears to consist mainly of oompa-loompas from Essex on a day out in London, hoping to catch a glimpse of someone famous; people with more money than sense (and not as much taste) and the occasional famous-ish person. My mother-in-law recognised that the table next to us was the Kaiser Chiefs (don't ask me how she knew who they were, I've got two of their records and didn't clock them!).
If that's what you want - the possibility of a B to C list celebrity sighting - this is the place for you.
If, like me, you love food and have high expectations when you go out, you probably have eaten much better meals and paid far less.
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