One Up All Day Breakfast has been at its new location for a while now, and we thought it was about time for a re-review. Recently, the place has been closed intermittently, but now seems to be up and back in business.
Their Eggs Benedict is pretty good, as is their muesli. But these are the popular items on the menu, so we tried a couple of things we hadn't before for this review, just to see what the diversity was like.
To start off, we tried Stone the Bloody Chooks, do not worry, no violence was involved in procuring this breakfast dish (Rs. 1500), at least not on our part. The masala chicken wasn't stoned either, we checked. It was fried, and came with avocado, coleslaw, cheddar, siracha, alioli and pickcles, tucked in between two crispy slices of ciabata.
It was nice and peppery but what we feel was lacking sophistication. We would have really liked to feel more tangential, spicy (or otherwise) flavors in there. The dish had great texture and was filling, but ultimately wasn't the most interesting.
The Pancake King (Rs. 1500) was rather disppointing. Instead of tasting fresh and handmade, it tasted like it was bought frozen off the shelf. The flavors were pretty basic. If we didn't have such high expectations with One Up (and didn't pay such high prices), this would have been almost good. But as it was, it fell way off the mark.
We ordered a custom juice, just for kicks, and the kitchen happily obliged. The resulting Pineapple-Banana (Rs. 600) was a little on the watery side. Decent but nothing truly memorable.
They add dark chocolate to this and heat up the whole concoction before adding ice and mixing it in a cocktail mixer. It’s a tad bitter but pleasantly so, and not icy cold either, just the right amount of chilled to go down with intense pleasure on a hot day.
Nothing to complain about here, friendly and prompt.
The new location is at Kinross Avenue, and is more spacious and offers a really nice outdoor seating area. It's rather oddly located in the parking garage of an apartment complex but once you get used to that it actually feels rather charming. The garden space is its biggest asset, it is a relaxing space to eat in.
The new One Up has plently of great things going for it. The food though, which is probably the most important thing, is rather touch and go. Based on previous visits we'd recommend their Benedict, and maybe the Margot Robbie for a sweet breakfast.
The new One Up has plenty of things going for it, but sadly great food that overshoots your expectations isn't one of them.
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