Friday, February 01, 2013
Early Bird Breakfast Club at The Fort: Beautiful Breakfast. Morning, Noon, and Night
Rarely do I encounter restaurants which serve all day breakfast fare. While I am not a morning person, I am big when it comes to breakfast. So, even if I woke up at three o'clock in the afternoon, breakfast meal is still the first thing that comes to mind. I know some places that dishes out breakfast goodies anytime of the day, but I deem that they do it just for the sake of it (read: profit). And I am talking about big fat satisfying breakfast here. There are few which serves decent enough brekky and well, that's just about it. Seriously, breakfast is sacred, I cannot accept 'decent enough' so to speak. Eat like a king for breakfast, remember?.
Then recently I was introduced to this new restaurant located at The Fort that specializes in breakfast meals served morning, noon, and night. Aptly named "Early Bird Breakfast Club", it serves downright satisfying brekky dishes in an ambiance that screams "good morning sunshine" in your face. If all clubs are like this, I wouldn't mind being a lifetime member!
With a promise of serving beautiful breakfast all day everyday, Early Bird Breakfast Club is open every Sunday to Thursday from 7am to 10pm, and 24 hours every Friday and Saturday. Party goers from nearby URBN Bar and early morning joggers at The Fort serve as its target market but everyone is very much welcome to visit and take their fair share of the beautiful breakfast that they offer.
My recent visit was a quick one since my mom and I just came from a lunch date and was still headed to a dinner engagement after. But our short stay does not mean that we enjoyed it less because from the ambiance to the warm service up to the delectable food we devoured, it proved to be a time well spent.
The entire place exudes an ambiance that reminds me of beautiful morning where only good things are bound to happen. The floor to ceiling front windows welcome a beautiful light making the combination of bright and pastel colors predominant in the place illuminate. A grand mural on the side wall adds an artistic flair to the entire area, while mirrors on the other side provide an illusion of added space with beautiful reflection of light making the place all the more welcoming if not comforting. The place isn't too big nor too small, decent enough to accommodate diners in groups. Mezzanine level is also open for diners who wants a little privacy.
Choices on the menu are somewhat limited since they were just on soft opening during our visit but one of the owners, a very charming lady named Ellen told us that more dishes will be added soon. I was still in awe at how pretty the place was when servings of beautiful breakfast dishes graced our table.
My mom opted for The Early Bird Full English (Php495) which consist of two fried bread, one English banger, two strips of bacon (we got ham instead), mushrooms, ripe grilled tomatoes, Early Bird hash potatoes, baked beans, and two fried eggs. The servings was so big that my mom had no other choice but to share it with me, much to my delight of course. While everything on the plate was satisfying and palatable, it was the English banger that stood out in terms of flavor. The entire deal was a culmination of everything good about breakfast and I wouldn't mind having this again on my next visit.
I had a hard time deciding between Eggs Benedict and Croque Monsiuer but since I judge a restaurant serving breakfast by the way they make their Eggs Benedict, I decided to go for it. It was a good choice because Early Bird's Eggs Benedict (Php420) did not disappoint.
Toasted English muffin with honey roast ham topped with poached egg and hollandaise sauce, this Eggs Benedict is one filling meal that isn't just aesthetically pleasing to the eyes but a sure palate pleaser as well. It was a beautiful orchestration of flavor and texture that reminded me why I am forever in love with this classic breakfast fare.
While they do serve traditional french toasts with different fillings, what got my attention while perusing the menu was the French Toast Fondue (Php210). It's basically strips of french toasts served with cinnamon sugar, mapple syrup, and melted chocolate for dipping.
Among the three dippings provided, it was the melted chocolate that I enjoyed immensely. I love how the crusty toast hinting of cinnamon flavor blends perfectly well with the distinct rich taste of the chocolate.
This different take on the usual french toast exudes creativity in terms of styling and execution. I love how they used egg shells as containers for the dipping sauces which provided a rustic yet funky finish to the presentation.
For the drinks we tried their Vitamin C Smoothie (Php165) which according to one of their food attendants was one of their best sellers. True enough it hit the right button for me. I love how the citrusy taste of the smoothie wasn't overpowering. The Iced Cappuccino on the other hand was equally perfect. My mom find it too strong for her taste but I am perfectly fine with it. I appreciate that it wasn't too sweet and the robust taste of coffee was very apparent.
For someone like me who loves to have breakfast anytime of the day, Early Bird Breakfast Club is a dream come true. The concept to serve breakfast morning, noon, and night is very straightforward and well executed. The place is very inviting while the service is warm and thoughtful. The dishes in its big servings does not just boast of quantity but of quality as well.
So, if you find your self in The Fort area, be sure to drop by Early Bird Breakfast Club and try their breakfast offerings served morning, noon, and night.
Early Bird Breakfast Club
Unit C, Ground Floor, Fort Pointe 2 Bldg.,
The Fort Complex, 28th Street,
Bonifacio Global City, 1634 Taguig
Contact No.: (02) 470 8847
Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/earlybirdbreakfastclub