DJing can be stressful at times, I spend most of my evenings during the week glued to my laptop screen desperately trying to come up with a new hour of music in preparation for gig on Friday/Saturday night. The gig itself is fairly straight forward, especially if I’ve done the necessary work beforehand but there are times, however brief, when I’m heading into the fourth hour of my DJ set where I think to myself “is all this work worth the squeeze?”. And you know what, it is, especially the morning after when you try and figure out where you’re going to have your fry up aka full English breakfast. You wake up bleary eyed and still relatively drunk but somehow find a way of locating several breakfast cafes within 5-10 minute walking distance to spend your hard earned DJ money. It’s one of life’s truly magical moments, I can guarantee you that.
I did just that the other day and ventured off to Olive and Lemon Cafe just outside the main Stratford Shopping Mall. I say main because we all know the big shiny step sister that is Westfield, Stratford isn’t the original Mecca of teenagers and single mothers alike. Stratford has gone through some changes post London 2012 Olympics, some of the better (more bars and restaurants) and some for the worst (more bars and restaurants) but one of great lasting legacies is the increased foot flow in and around Stratford.
Olive and Lemon Cafe is located just outside the Shopping Mall a couple doors before the big Wetherspoons, with ample amounts of seating outside, where most of the patrons were located even though it was minus zero degrees outside we decided to have seat indoors. We didn’t have to wait long for one of the attentive waitress to come over to our table and give a menu, which was fairly straightforward, thank god. The breakfast menu sat alongside various baguettes, ciabattas and wraps. I went for the ‘Full Breakfast’ because I’m a man but more importantly because I was hungover as fuck and desperately needed as much as carbs as possible in order to return to the land of the living. The brunette went for the ‘Mediterranean’ and by all accounts thoroughly enjoyed. I was quite surprised when my plate arrived, instead of a large porcelain white covered in greasy fried goodness I was presented with a fairly stripped back and dare I say “clean” plate of food. As you tell from the picture above everything looked and tasted fresh, the mushrooms were surprisingly nice. We also ordered a plate of chips (because why not) and they were perfectly cooked and with the addition of some of Himalayan sea salt (provided for free on each table) delightful. My only gripe were the eggs, they weren’t cooked as well as I liked, which I probably should have stated and I only got one instead of two and although the sausage was really tasty. Overall for £6.00 (including a coffee and two bits of toast) I was thoroughly satisfied and I’d be more than happy to visit again!