Chucs Cafe Kensington opened its doors back in June 2019 with Executive Chef, Simon Henbery, (ex-Fifteen London, Barbecoa and Ace Hotel Shoreditch) in charge of kitchen duties. A few months on, we went down for a spot of breakfast on a fresh Saturday morning to see what it’s all about.
The outdoor terrace is a lovely spot when the sun is shining, and the doorway flower display and statement tiles definitely make Chucs hard to miss. Much like their other locations (Mayfair, Westbourne Grove and the Serpentine), it’s inspired by the glamour of 1950s Italy and the Côte d’Azur: think pictures of classic sports cars and yachts all set inside a room decked out like a train carriage. It’s small, but very nicely (and expensively) designed.
With a whole host of options from fresh pastries and bowls of house granola, to eggs and fry ups, there’s a decent amount to choose from. We opted for one of the more substantial offerings, the Chucs breakfast with sausage, streaky bacon, eggs, mushroom, black pudding, baked tomato, beans and sourdough toast. And there are a load of extras available to add, if you feel the need to throw some avo in the mix to make it seem healthier.
On the whole, the breakfast is decent, particularly the Clarence Court eggs and the black pudding. The only slight grumble was with the side of sliced potatoes being just that little bit undercooked. The veggie alternative is pumped up with spinach and potatoes and is equally full on.
Now, if you ever get the chance to dive into a tiramisu post-full English (or veggie equivalent) well, just do it. It was dense, thick, creamy and topped with so much cocoa powder you’ll need to catch your breath back.
Chucs is smart little spot for an upmarket brekkie in Kensington – and let’s face it, if you’re in South Ken, you’ll need to be upmarket. We’d be interested to see what dinner is like here – maybe we’d get that tiramisu again too.
Chucs, Old Brompton Road South Kensington London SW7 3LD