Trying out Racecourse Road's La' Loopa for brunch last Sunday, I knew we would be great friends when I couldn't decide what to pick from the menu. Should I be safe with a tried and tested favourite like eggs benedict, try something deliciously simple like avocado on rye, or sample new and exotic sounding fare such as the Spanish omelette? While a very cute stuffed penguin eyed us from the centre of the table, my friend and I ummed and ahhed over our choices.
As we waited for the food, we sipped on our lattes, which, though small, did come with home-made biscotti (gluten free available), and checked out the decor. It was very outside the box with fake greenery, stuffed birds, mismatched cushions and odd nick-nacks everywhere, but somehow it just works.
Before long, those mouth-watering omelettes were in front of us but a small kerfuffle with cutlery meant we couldn't dig in until I had been to the counter to ask for forks (though it was hard to resist just folding the omelette and eating it like a sandwich). The waiter was very apologetic blaming it on him being 'not quite with it today' (humour always seems to defuse such sticky situations).
Needless to say, breakfast was delicious and we wolfed it down with gusto. On the way out, after we had licked our plates clean, we eyed up all the home-made goodies on display. Sauces, relishes and even fairy-floss lined the walls while the refrigerated case held salads, pastas, pies and nibbles, all made on site and perfect for an easy, ready-made dinner to take home and pass off as your own cooking.
Will definitely be back to try something else of the menu and pick up some weekend picnic supplies (and maybe steal a penguin).