Cattle Grid – Battersea
A slightly unconventional place this, for my first review. Cattle Grid is a small chain of mid-range steak houses and the one we visited was on Battersea Rise, a short walk from Clapham Junction. However, recently this steak house has gone big on brunches at the weekend. The usual brunch items, of eggs benedict and eggs royale were on offer as well a minute steak with eggs and chips. However, I went for the “Full Grid”, a fry-up to you and me.
It was a Sunday Morning at about 11 and the place was about 60% full I guess. The cowhide covered chairs and rather slick looking bar may not be to everyone’s taste, but I rather liked it.
2 pieces of crisp streaky bacon, a sausage, fried mushrooms, a grilled tomato, baked beans, 2 eggs served how you wanted them (I chose poached) and a slice of toast. For that you will need to part with £8.95 of your hard earned cash.
The highlight was the sausage which was from Hennessey’s, a local butchers. I like to see locally sourced produce on the menu, particularly when it tastes as good as this. However, the rest of the plate didn't really live up to much. The bacon was too crisp and whilst the poached eggs were well cooked with a runny yolk, you could tell that they had not be poached in water in the traditional way (they were more like baked eggs).
I ordered a Café latte, which was well made and served in a mug, which was nice to see.
Even though the sausage was delicious, the rest of breakfast was average and the price was above average.