When J and I decided we felt like breakfast at lunch time on a Saturday in Sorrento, trying to find somewhere that could accommodate us proved to be very difficult. Most places had moved on to their limited lunch menus by 12.00 which left us with little hope of satisfying our craving for bacon! Fortunately for us, staff at the third cafe we tried directed us to Smashing Bean who serve an all-day breakfast. We were relieved...until we saw the menu.
Smashing Bean’s breakfast menu is one of the more unusual ones I have seen. If you are a traditional bacon and eggs kind of person then this is not the place for you. As J put it, “this menu is very Sorrento”. The dishes are unusually titled and there’s no bacon and eggs or pancakes in sight. If however you are watching the waistline or just plain health conscious you will probably appreciate some of the more unusual items and lack of greasy offerings! Obviously there’s enough people out there who do as this place was doing a brisk trade, particularly amongst families with babies and children.
Meals are ordered at the counter and only fried eggs are served due to the size of the kitchen.
The closest menu item I could find to my traditional bacon & eggs was the EBC - free range fried eggs, bacon, cheese & rocket served on ciabatta with a choice of tomato relish, fruit chutney or mayonnaise. I went with the tomato relish.
J ordered Fresh baked beans served on turkish toast with marinated goats fetta, avocado & spinach.
I didn’t really enjoy my ciabatta. I had envisaged receiving the eggs, bacon, cheese and rocket on top of the ciabatta but instead it was all sandwiched between another piece like a nicer version of a Subway roll. The bread was so crisp that it was impossible to cut through meaning I had to pull the whole thing apart to eat...very messy! The relish was nice but there wasn’t enough of it.
J felt it was nice that the baked beans were home made, but thought there wasn’t enough sauce and that the dish lacked flavour.
Drinks were good...my Chocolate milkshake was very enjoyable and J thought the coffee was great, even ordering a second cappuccino. Big glass windows give a nice view over the main street.
I’m a traditionalist when it comes to breakfast. I don’t mind a bit of a variety on a menu but not when it comes at the expense of the more conventional items.
WILL WE RETURN
Nothing majorly wrong here but Smashing Bean would not be my first choice if having breakfast in Sorrento again. It’s a pleasant enough place to dine but the menu was too abstract for these traditional breakfast girls!