“They should put a traditional breakfast on the menu,” commented the restaurateur. “You need to cater for everyone.”
Talk to Kylie Cawood, the chef who makes Vino probably the most popular breakfast spot in District 2, and you will quickly understand why the green eggs and ham, homemade cottage cheese, sweet pea spatzli and Dutch poffertjes pancake puffs don’t sit on the same laminated menu as an English or Australian or Irish breakfast.
“Traditional breakfasts don’t interest me,” she says. “Every other restaurant in town does [a traditional breakfast], so I want to do something different.”
Such an attitude runs through to her desire to keep her cuisine “traditional, natural and healthy”.
“Except for the bacon and the ham,” she says, “anything which can be processed is processed here in our kitchen.”
This means that the haloumi, mozzarella, ricotta and cottage cheese through to onion confit, pickled beetroot, bacon jam and bread is all made on-site. All adding to the holistic feel of the cuisine.
Kylie is also experimenting with making her own cola. It’s not quite there yet, but it’s part of her desire to “steer away doing anything commercial”. As her husband Jim is quick to add, “Coke is f_cking bad for you.”
Kylie’s stance will not suit the tastes of every Thong, Duc and Ha out there, especially those looking for that stodgy pick-me-up the morning after a big night out. But just because Vino doesn’t go for the traditional breakfast doesn’t mean that they’ve avoided the fry-up. Get your chops round the Bacon and Egg McVino or the green eggs and ham, and mix it up with a Bloody Mary or three, and you’ll more than have your cholesterol-induced fill.
Vino (An Phu) is at 1 Duong So 2, Thao Dien, Q2, Tel: 0862 819059. Breakfast is served Saturdays and Sundays from 9am to 12pm