Reviewed by Ruman

Monday morning meetings are always made easier when done away from the office, over a cup of coffee. This time round, our meeting took place over breakfast at Dorset Cafe which is located not too far from Baker Street. Zohra had been here before but couldn’t remember the name or exact location but a quick search on Google’s street view helped her to find the cafe.

Dorset Cafe interior

Dorset Cafe interior

Dorset Cafe is Moroccan run (and owned?) and this influence can be seen in the decor of the cafe. Pictures on the wall show the streets of Moroccan cities and the menu also has some Moroccan dishes. The menu has a specific ‘halal breakfast’ as well as a ‘full traditional English’. After a chat with the staff, I found out that they do serve bacon (hence the ‘full traditional English’) but they also have a halal alternative in which they use turkey rashers. I asked about cross-contamination and was assured that the halal meat was cooked on a separate grill and prepared separately to non-halal items. The kitchen is open so you can see how everything is cooked for yourself.

On the plate: two turkey rashers, one merguez sausage, two fried eggs, mushrooms, quarter of a tomato, Heinz baked beans, one hash brown and two slices of toast (£6.50).

Halal breakfast at Dorset Cafe

Halal breakfast [£]

The merguez sausage was spiced (as expected) and the turkey rashers were smokey. It seems Zohra and I have a difference of opinion when it comes to these two items. I wasn’t a huge fan of the sausage as for some reason it was too chewy for my liking whereas Zohra really enjoyed hers. When it comes to turkey rashers, I prefer mine to have a smokey taste to it whereas Zohra doesn’t. I liked that they gave us both white toast and brown toast as I’m not a huge fan of white bread. The hash brown was a bit too dense – it was almost a bit too starchy as Zohra explained. At £6.50 we felt like it was great value for money. We’ll probably be back when we have another early morning meeting – any excuse for a Full English!

Breakfast is served all day.

RATINGS

Food: 8/10
Service: 7/10
Atmosphere/Decor: 7/10
Value for money: 8/10 (£6.99 total bill // £6.99pp)
Overall: 7.5/10

Halal Status: All meat served is halal except the bacon which is cooked separately. Halal turkey bacon is used in the halal breakfast.

Address: 27 Melcombe Street, Marylebone, London, NW1 6AG

Nearest station: Baker Street (Jubilee, Metropolitan, Circle, Bakerloo, Hammersmith & City lines)

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About Ruman

Ruman eats a brownie a day, but only with coffee. She struggles to eat more than 2/3 of an adult size portion of food, but always has room for dessert. When not exploring restaurants, galleries or cities around the world, Ruman is a Marketing Ninja at Halal Gems, where she also holds the title of Chief Chocolate Officer.

Forever consumed by a mixture of wanderlust and FOMO, her interests include all things social media, travel, charity, photography and food.

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