The penultimate review of this enjoyable research took place al fresco at Ciro’s Café in the Grove, which is not situated on The Broadway, but in a small park called The Grove which is a very short stroll from the top of Muswell Hill.
The café is currently open from 9 a.m to 3 p.m Wednesday to Sunday, with breakfast served until midday, I think,….the owner is an idiosyncratic character.
Ambience: all tables are outside with cover for about 16 places. Heating and blankets are provided in winter. Fabulous views in an almost bucolic setting.
Cost: Full English Breakfast £8 including black americano.
Content: 1 sausage, 2 bacon rashers, generous portion of baked beans, 2 fried eggs, 1 grilled tomato, 1 slice toast, maybe a few olives, a hint of chopped and fried red onion garnished with a few drops of balsalmic vinegar.
A touch of Ciro’s Italian flair is the signature of this breakfast, note the balsalmic vinegar, red onion and olives. Rain or shine, it is a superb setting in which to take breakfast. Arrive on foot or by bicycle.
However, be warned, the proprietor can blow hot and cold. One day he will serenade clients with famous Italian arias, the next day he might be irritable , whinging and curmudgeonly.
The food on this occasion was very good, although I did not receive the warmest of welcomes having pitched up about 30 seconds before official opening time. If you detect a whisper of negativity, a chip on The Wattmeister’s shoulder perhaps, then it is not levelled at the food.
Score: 8.5 watts/10 watts