I love Cherry Reds. It’s like a cross between a cafe and your nan’s front room, and the food is excellent. We went along for brunch the other weekend, and spoiler alert, it did not disappoint. We found ourselves a table upstairs in the John Bright Street branch, and perused the menu. I always struggle to decide what to eat at Cherry’s as it all sounds so tasty! With a very nice latte to assist me, I eventually reached a decision.
It’s been a busy few weeks on the blogger events so just for a change, I decided to try and make a healthier choice. I opted for the Salmon fillet, nettle and caper pesto, asparagus, spinach and mashed avocado, topped with a fried egg (£8). To counteract all that health, I asked to add some extra Halloumi (£1.25). The portion is frankly enormous. The salmon fillet is an absolute beast, and I actually struggled to finish it all. The salmon was beautifully cooked, and was soft and flaky. The egg was perfect too, with a gorgeously runny yolk, which I love. Cutting into the egg sent delicious yolk running all through the dish like a very tasty dressing. Perfect on all that spinach. I could have used just a touch more pesto, but I was amazed by just how much Halloumi I was given. I was expecting a piece about the size of the one you can see in the picture above, but there was another the same size hiding the other side, and what can only be described as a piece like a steak tucked under the salmon. I recommend adding the cheese actually; the saltiness paired beautifully with all the other flavours. For a healthier choice, this was really satisfying and I was full to early evening, which was impressive.
Dave chose the slightly less healthy Big Red Pancake Breakfast (£9.50). This giant breakfast is two pork sausages, two bacon rashers, scrambled egg and hash brown piled high on a stack of fluffy American pancakes, with maple syrup. Dave actually spent some time living out in Baltimore, so he goes bananas for anywhere he can get the american classics right over here. This is actually his go-to Cherry Reds order, which is a good sign! I’d like to see it with crispier bacon, personally, but Dave has never complained. The portion is massive, with good quality sausages, thick delicious syrup and fluffy scrambled eggs. Delicious.
As always, the service was friendly and fast, and we had a very pleasant, lazy brunch and a good old natter. What better way to spend a Sunday morning?
We paid in full ourselves at Cherry Reds. All prices are correct at the time of writing. All opinions are honest and my own. Cherry Reds didn’t know I was a blogger.