Dukes Brew and Que is one of the latest openings in the BBQ trend sweeping London. It opened earlier this year in a former pub on Downham Road, near Regents Canal in Haggerston.
It does a mean BBQ (particularly the pork ribs and the burger on our visit for dinner a few weeks earlier), together with decent cocktails and beers brewed onsite (hence the name). It also has a short, yet satisfying State-side focussed brunch menu, serving up good all-American breakfast favourites (both savoury and sweet) such as omelette, eggs, caesar salad etc all with a serving of “home fries” (sauteed potatoes with spices), or french toast and buttermilk pancakes with maple syrup to satisfy a sweet tooth. There is also a length list of side dishes, enabling you to customise your breakfast, since, as the menu says, everything tastes better with a side of crispy bacon.
Brunch is served all weekend from 11am – 3pm (no reservations are taken for brunch) and was still in full swing when my friend and I rocked up at 1pm yesterday. We were able to secure a table outside to enjoy the September sunshine without a wait too, which was a bonus. As usual I was crippled with indecision when looking at the menu and I was torn between going for the “Popeye Omelette” or “Mister Frenchie’s Ravioli”. The Ravioli sounded intriguing and our waitress explained that it was like a bacon and cream cheese toastie, but with french toast rather than standard toast. Whilst tempting (and I will try it on another occasion), I felt like a breakfast with some veggies and so went for the Popeye omelette – an American-sized fluffy omelette filled with melting monterey jack cheese, cheddar, mixed peppers, spinach and tomatoes, with a side of home fries. Boring as this is, my friend also went for the Popeye omelette, so I can’t comment from experience on any of the other dishes on this visit (I tried hard to get her to go for something else!), but from what I saw on other diners’ tables, Mister Frenchie’s Ravioli and the BBQ omelette (filled with pulled pork and beef, with cheese, mushrooms, peppers and BBQ sauce) looked like awesome choices.
Service was great, and our omelettes arrived promptly, together with hot sourdough toast. All in all it was a satisfying start to the weekend and an excellent pick me up for the morning-after-the-night-before. Whilst I usually like to go for more creative breakfasts at times, sometimes what you really need is a good solid, flavourful breakfast in chilled surroundings, which combined with bottomless filter coffees and friendly service (where you don’t feel like they want the table back), Dukes’ certainly delivers. I had no complaints. Big Tick.
What we had: Two omelettes and Coffees (with service): £24
Value Barometer: 8/10 (solid value for London and you won’t leave hungry)
Go if: you’re hungry and/or you’re a meat fan
Don’t go if: you fancy granola
How to get there: Haggerston Overground (address is 33 Downham Road, De Beauvoir Town)