I used to live on Streatham Hill but haven’t been that way for a while, so we headed over on a Saturday morning to go to Nineteen for breakfast. I was craving one of their lovely fry-ups with thick, meaty sausages and bright orange runny eggs – the surprise on arriving was that it is currently a building site. I don’t know if it’s coming back or been bought by someone else, but will keep an eye out as it was great.
Not that there’s nowhere else to go – wandering down the High Road we came to Brooks & Gao, a rustic, busy coffee shop with a vaguely Spanish offering, and a lovely counter heaving with sandwiches, cakes, brownies and fruit ready for juicing.
We ordered eggs with chorizo and eggs with salmon, both served with sourdough toast. Tea and a flat white, and a fresh grapefruit juice too.
Chorizo was delicious, with the salty, paprika-y oil running all over the plate to mix with the orange egg yolk and be mopped up by the toast – EXCELLENT. The coffee was lovely too and I do like fresh juice but like a lot of places, it was room temperature. Would’ve been better a little bit chilled if I was going to nitpick.
The smoked salmon was also very good, no gristly grey bits (I’m looking at you Pret) and the slices we thick and very pink. Smoked salmon and perfect egg yolk are a match made in heaven so no trouble there.
It came to about £27 for two, not overly cheap for breakfast/brunch (juice was £3.50 for a little glass) but it’s really good quality food and the staff are lovely. Excellent breakfast in Streatham.