There have been, over the years, a few places which have claimed to do a ‘full English breakfast’ in Bucharest.
The dear old Dubliner was probably the first, serving up a just about passable attempt at eggs and bacon, although the sausages always left much to be desired. The late, lamented Sydney Bar & Grill was probably the next place to have a go, but again, despite managing to find a decent bit of bacon the standard of sausage was woeful and the whole thing was a huge disappointment.
Even the big five-star hotels joined the English breakfast bandwagon at one stage – if memory serves – adding eggs, bacon, mushrooms, fried tomatoes and sausages to their Sunday Brunches. Alas, even these big players could never quite do the idea of a decent fry-up justice: as usual it was the sausages which let the side down.
One of the better efforts in recent years was that of Haydn Deane up at Deane’s in Brasov. He sourced the sausages from a butcher who made them to order and they weren’t all bad. For the real thing though you either had to go back to the UK and buy some, make your own or fill your boots with cocktail sausages at the Queen’s Birthday Party (having thrown off your republican clothes for few hours: it’s amazing how quickly principles can be forgotten for a sausage or two and a glass of Pimm’s).
That’s not to say you couldn’t get a decent bit of sausage in Romania, however. Local, smoked sausages can be very good indeed (ask your father-in-law: he will have a supply) although their reduced meat content makes them a coarser experience than your average English (or Irish) banger.
Of all the sausages we have eaten in Romania, by the way, we have always thought that the very best – and consistently the best, for almost 15 years – are the bratwurst at Die Deutsche Kneipe. We are huge fans of the Kneipe: its beer is ace, its schnitzel is wunderbar and the owner’s wife even has a mullet for added authenticity. We should also add that of all places Auchan in Titan sells some rather good bratwurst at the cooked food counter.
Yet for a genuinely brilliant English sausage you no longer need to go any further than the London Street Bistro on Strada Putul lui Zamfir. Alongside the many, many tasty and rather quirky treats that owner and cook Rachel Sargent has come up with they are currently serving just about the best full English beakfast that Bucharest has ever managed to come up with. Take a look for yourself:
Called The Full Monty you get two large homemade English sausages, bacon, double egg on toast, baked beans (with a bit of a kick) a fried tomato, mushrooms and a homemade sauce not a million miles away from HP (but tasting a million times better). At 30 lei it’s an absolute bargain (like just about everything else on the London Street Bistro menu), and if you do have a craving for a decent fry-up it’s just about the only place we are happy to recommend.