I had only intended to treat myself to one of their lovely take-away coffees when I popped into Bean and Hop but as it was quiet and I hadn’t had breakfast, I found myself tempted by the breakfast special: mushrooms on toast.
Bean and Hop is a small but very popular café along Garratt Lane, about 60 seconds from Earlsfield station. Not only do they serve jolly good coffee, they also offer brunch, lunch and pizza at the weekends in the evening. There is also a large selection of craft beers to chose from if that takes your fancy. Usually it can get a bit crowded during school holidays, and it is pretty cosy, so I was pleasantly surprised to find it so quiet in there today. I ordered a cappuccino and the mushrooms on toast. The coffee, as always, was lovely (beans from Nude Espresso) and served in a good weighty china cup.
About 7 minutes later the mushrooms arrived. They comprised of a nice thick slice of toasted sourdough bread, a pile of grilled mushroom slithers and 2 perfectly poached eggs which some parmesan shavings over the top.
As the picture shows, the eggs were perfectly poached and the yolks were rich and creamy, and the generous portion of mushrooms sitting on top of the toast were full of flavour. This was an unexpected treat and, for me, a tasty start to the half term week.