I’ve already openly expressed my views on lunch, I don’t love it. It’s a bit of a faff of a meal that usually interrupts what you’re doing; you usually end up eating it chained to your desk or on your own at least; and you’re usually without cutlery, condiments or general ‘meal improvers’. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that I’m not hungry for it -- I’m usually starving for it by 11:30 -- it’s just my feelings towards it are nothing compared to my love of breakfast/ brunch or the event that is dinner. Maybe I’m just doing it all wrong.
Well last week I made it a thing, planned my working day around it even. I met my friend Suzie at Cinnamon Soho where I’d been invited in to try its new gourmet toastie menu. Kingly Street is buzzing at lunchtime with the slew of restaurants bursting with hungry workers, who unlike me do make the most of their lunch break. We sat outside and ordered a couple of mango lassi drinks. They arrived quickly and were huge, with curly straws – the wiggly ones that helped shape my childhood. I love a lassi and these were deliciously thick and creamy.
The gourmet toastie menu is designed just for lunch, available 12- 5pm, Monday to Saturday. There are four different toastie options, all under £6, which isn’t all that bad for lunch out really is it? There’s a vegetarian spiced potato and cheese option which sounded yummy but I decided to go with the Kadhai crab with tomato and tamarind. I’m a big fan of crab, so much so I haven’t yet managed to go to breakfast at Balthazar and not get the crab on sourdough. My toastie was really tasty; a generous serve of spiced crab was squished in between two slices of grilled bread with a smothering of melted cheese and sweet and spicy chutney. Served on a fresh salad with ribbons of carrot and Indian condiments, my only gripe is that I wish it was a little bit bigger (told you I’m hungry at lunchtime). Suzie’s tandoori chicken one went down a treat too, with more heat than mine thanks to the chilli and mustard mayonnaise. I had to race back to work after realising we’d spent a good hour gossiping but we left feeling well satisfied and reminded that sometimes, it’s nice to make a thing of lunch.
Gourmet Toasties menu available Monday - Saturday, 12- 5pm. Cinnamon Soho, Kingly Street, 5 Kingly Street, W1B 5PF; 020 7437 1664.