London's Best International Breakfasts

Keep your bacon roll, we'll have a confit pork belly sandwich

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It's supposed to be the most important meal of the day, so why do we settle for the same thing day in, day out? From the fresh citrus flavours of Peru to the sweet comfort of a stack of pancakes as soft as silk, there's a whole world of more exciting options to start the day with.

If you're worried about missing your favourites too much don't worry, there's Middle Eastern poached eggs and a bacon naan so you don't feel too homesick. Go native with one of these international breakfasts.

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Middle Eastern – Berber & Q

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Haggerston dwelling Berber & Q is expert at blending authentic Middle Eastern flavours deftly. We've already waxed lyrical about their excellent meat dishes but breakfast is equally impressive. Lots of restaurants have added Shakshuka to their menu recently - NOPI's is particularly good too - this is a Middle Eastern dish where eggs are poached in tomatoes, chili, peppers, onion and spices. Berber's greek shakshuka is perfection, and the rest of the menu is a feast of exotic dishes from the chicken sofrito hash to the beef and mutton kofte pitta. 

Berber & Q, 338 Acton Mews, London E8 4EA

America – The Diner

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If you're not afraid of sinful indulgence, The Diner's new breakfast menu is your new favourite place. Their selection of pancakes includes classic buttermilk with maple syrup and whipped honey butter, banana  with butterscotch sauce and yes, red velvet pancakes with cream cheese frosting and mixed berries. If a stack of those ain't your bag you can still order goodies like cholla french toast, smashed avocado or a breakfast burrito. Even better? Breakfast is served all day long.

The Diner, 397 Strand, London WC2R 0LX

Peruvian – Andina

Sister to the chic South American Ceviche, Andina is a bursting with Peruvian flavour. Aside their outrageously delicious pisco sours, their breakfast menu is a little-known treat that boasts delicacies like a confit pork belly sandwich, sweet potato pancakes with coconut whipped cream and a Peruvian corn soufflé complete with smoked bacon and a poached egg. In short, all your favourite breakfast bits updated with sophisticated flavours. 

Andina, 1 Redchurch St, London E2 7DJ

Scandinavian – Scandinavian Kitchen

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Endless Scandi treats are on offer at Scandinavian Kitchen and their breakfast menu alone has toasties, rolls and rye bread with various smoked cheeses, salmon and herbs. Their Nordic yoghurt can be accompanied with piles of different of fruits ,seeds, granola, muesli and spices. At the weekend order hot delicacies like warm waffles with Norwegian brown cheese and everything is bafflingly cheap. Make sure you don't leave without one of their signature Swedish cinnamon buns.

Scandinavian Kitchen, 61 Great Titchfield St, London W1W 7PP

French – Balthazar

The French have so much more to offer at petit déjeuner than just croissants or pain au chocolat. Balthazar have cracked that je ne sais quoi with their Provençal omelette packet with melted gruyère and served with classic French fries. The hazelnut waffles with crème fraîche and mixed berries is also a winner. And of course, you can always get a pain aux raisin if you fancy.

Balthazar, l4-6 Russell St, London WC2B 5HZ

Mexican – Wahaca

You're probably familiar with the popular Mexican chain set up by Masterchef winner Thomasina Miers  but until recently their branches only served lunch and dinner. Good news for those who like to start their morning with a flavour of Mexico as Wahaca Oxford Circus are now serving breakfast and the menu includes gems like  sweetcorn fritters and the signature mexican scrambled eggs, huevos racheros. 

Wahaca, 26-28 Great Portland St, London W1W 8QT

Indian – Dishoom

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By now, the famous bacon naan roll at Bombay Cafe Dishoom is less an insiders order and more the breakfast everyone is obsessed with. Regardless, it's so damn delicious we couldn't leave it off this list. If you've eaten that to excess, try the kejriwal, an Indian twist on cheese on toast with chili, spring onion and a runny fried egg. If you haven't yet tried the naan, what exactly have you been doing?

Dishoom , 12 Upper St. Martin's Lane, London WC2H 9FB.

Italian – Bernardi's

The breakfast offering at Bernardi's have all your staples but with an Italian twist like their mushroom crostini with pesto & aged balsamic. The menu carefully balances Italian ingredients like n'duja  in their scrambled eggs on toast which is warming and rich. Other mouthwatering dishes include their melon with 14 month prosciutto Lazio, both so soft you won't want to chew.

Bernardi's, 62 Seymour St, London W1H 5BN

Chinese – Chinese Laundry 

For something totally out of the ordinary, the breakfast menu at Chinese Laundry in Islington is crammed with unusual Chinese delicacies. Try their great crispy scallion pancake with bacon, spicy salty and soft.  The Shrimp cake benedicte swaps traditional english muffin for a crisp shrimp base which soaks up the rich egg yolk. If you're not stuffed try the adorably named egg hug dumplings, which is an omelette with pork dumplings. All the flavours of the orient and you only need to go to North London.

Chinese Laundry, 107 Upper St, Islington N1 1QN