Brew 45 (Northcote Road) and Chorizo Hash Browns

Quite often we (my girlfriend and I) stroll down Northcote road in Clapham Junction for food and drink and quite often we walk past Brew.

Brew is always buzzing and full, a good sign of any restaurant. If it is busy it must be good, right?

Well, I suppose you could say that about Nandoes. It’s pretty much always full but the food is no culinary masterpiece. It’s just chicken.

So, on the belief that Brew must be fantastic we decided that we must go when we have an opportunity to get a seat. This happened one Thursday lunchtime.

In we walked and asked for a table for two. We were firstly taken aback by just how small the actual venue was and also by how the tables were crammed in, meaning that your chair was touching the one behind. Perhaps the cramped room was why it was always packed!

We then received our menu. The menu consisted of a very long breakfast menu and not much else for the rest of the day. This place does not promote itself as a breakfast haunt, like the ever popular breakfast joint down the road – The Breakfast Club. Instead the vibe is that it’s a café/small restaurant that serves food throughout the day. Our choices were pretty much fishcakes, burgers or risotto, pretty much. We opted for burgers (which cost 13 quid each!)

The burger I chose was a soft shelled crab burger with an apricot jam and chips. My girlfriend had an ordinary beef burger with chips.

However, before I talk about the food let’s talk about the drinks. The drinks very very expensive. My girlfriend had a proper lemonade which is apparently apple and lemon juice. It was ok but not worth the money. My drink though was horrible. I decided to order a carrot and beetroot smoothie which tasted of carrot way too much. It was not pleasant.

Onto the food:0101710ed9c1efe0bc2f80c548d7893ec5bd1a2d5c (Custom)

The sauce on my burger was way too sweet. It was just horrible and tasted very weird. I ended up leaving half of the burger!!

My girlfriend’s burger was very boring and leaked loads of water from the cheese. But the worse part was that on her plate was….. an ant!!! There was an ant on her plate! She didn’t say anything (which annoyed me slightly but I didn’t find out until after the ordeal) but still that should not have happened!!!

So to sum up Brew. Cramped, pricey & dirty with poorly executed food. Don’t think we will be going back

Discussing Breakfast briefly brings us on to the recipe – inspired by Breakfast Club and is awesome!

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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 45 minutes

Chorizo –  peeled,  sliced
New potatoes, halved
3 red peppers from a jar
3 eggs
1 onion diced
Olive Oil
Salt and black pepper
Preheat oven to 200 Degrees.
Add the new potatoes to a roasting tray
Pour a glug of oil over the potatoes
Add the potatoes for 30 – 40 minutes, or until cooked
Add a tbsp of olive oil to a frying pan
Add the onion and chorizo and cook for a few minutes, or until the chorizo is nearly cooked.
Add the red pepper
Add the eggs and scramble.
Add the potatoes


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