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350 King's Road
A second home for local celebs and self-made women, who come here to discuss business and affairs of the heart over eggs Benedict and Caesar salad, the café attached to D&D London’s Bluebird
gastrodome has become something of an institution hereabouts. The bright, airy dining room combines primary colours with a mishmash of chairs and modish lights, plus oddball displays of ornamental
plates, while the menu offers solid all-round appeal. Apart from eggs every which way, breakfast promises sticky patisserie, things on toast and bowls of house granola, with savouries talking
centre stage from midday onwards: look for charcuterie plates, fish-finger rolls, char-grilled burgers and big helpings of shepherd’s pie or pasta, followed by rice pudding, knickerbocker glory and
ice creams for those with a sweet tooth. To sip, order a glass of bubbly, a bellini or a citron pressé.
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350 King's Road
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Food + drink: 2
I wasn't going to come back here after a summer's lunch on the Bluebird terrace at which (amongst other service low points) I ended up having to collect my second-attempt steak myself from the serving counter. But being only in the market for a few early evening drinks and nibbles I let bygones be bygones. Inside it's more “caff” than “cafe”, with its bright chairs and lighting, but that doesn't seem to have stopped the fur wearing set from making this a regular haunt. Service was still a bit ropey even though it was quiet (it takes a while to catch the right eye to order). The nibbles we had were uneventful (how can they not get bread and olive oil right?) and we weren't inspired enough by the menu to risk upgrading to a full-on meal. The breakfast menu looked reasonably appealing and that time of day would probably suit the atmosphere in here best. One of my best friends swears by this place but I can't really see what all the fuss is about. Undoubtedly the grassed terrace is a brilliant location for summer lunch in London and great for spotting the whole gamut of celebrity (we were between a table seating a couple of Made in Chelsea stars and another with the still gorgeous Nigel Havers) but just be prepared for culinary and service disappointment.
Food + drink: 3
The Bluebrid Café has its own rules. It is a seriously trendy spot, but if you get a table most things are possible. In summer this is one of the nicest terraces in west London. The food is good, but not the reason to come. The wine list could be a bit more “fun”, but a recent off bottle of poor Chablis was not charged to our bill. A truly nice place.
I visited the Bluebird Cafe with a girlfriend on Saturday morning. Despite arriving just after 11am, they agreed to serve us breakfast (they usually stop at 11am) and seated us. They also took our order. They then served us just the drinks from the order and refused to deliver the food, even though they had taken the order saying that we’d missed the breakfast ordering period. The manager blamed a new waiter and berated the poor guy in front of us. The manager also said the receptionist had seated us in error and blamed him too. For the sake of two servings of scrambled eggs on toast, the Manager made himself look like a complete idiot, his staff look poorly trained and the business look unprofessional. We walked out and went to another cafe nearby where the service was exemplary. We'll never go to Bluebird again. The weekend visit was all about chilling out with friends over good food in a relaxed and accommodating atmosphere. This seems to be the opposite of what Bluebird were aiming to present to their customers last Saturday. Shame on you Bluebird.
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