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Nonno Lino Italiano, Fitzrovia, W1

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Nonno Lino Italiano, Fitzrovia, London

Here we have a classic line-up for your full English greasy spoon breakfast, presented in classic caff format to a good range of people (if the clientele include builders I always think that's a sign of a place offering a good breakfast at good value).

You can make the FE with the highest possible quality ingredients and then charge £10+ for it, but that seems to be missing the point of a really good FE. It's to take basic simple cheap ingredients and make them tasty. Sure, I could complain that the eggs could have had a richer coloured yolk, or gosh, I don't know, that they could have made their own hash browns, but I'd probably have been a little disappointed if they had because I've come to rely on that familiar taste of the HBs coming from a packet or a big catering-size bag or however they're packaged.

Anyway, what I'm trying to say is that this, for your £5 including coffee or tea, was a good breakfast. All the elements of the non-veggie FE were there (potato tick, fried eggs tick, Heinz baked beans tick, mushrooms tick, decent meat tick), lacking only perhaps a grilled tomato, and they were all well executed. The mushrooms were perfectly fine (too often they are poorly cooked or entirely tasteless), the baked beans were correct (not some off-brand nonsense), the eggs could perhaps have been a little more cooked (but I'm splitting hairs here), and the meat was good, especially that sausage. Really nice sausage. Oh and the bread was thick yet pliable, and if I could have used a bit more that's just because I scoffed it so quickly.

So yes, top breakfast. I can recommend this place.

Address: Nonno Lino Italiano, 45 Goodge Street, Fitzrovia, London, W1T 1TB.
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