In my opinion, breakfasts are best enjoyed at weekends. In fact, it’s something I look forward to the most as I climb out of bed feeling excited that it is finally the weekend.
Last Sunday we headed to Ancoats to indulge in just that – breakfast at Vivid Lounge. We made our way down in the sunshine, along the canal with our bellies growling like hungry monsters.
From the outside, Vivid Lounge looks rather unassuming. It’s almost like a little oasis despite the fact it’s next to a busy, ring road. There’s a selection of outdoor seating including some comfy-looking couches, colourful tables and chairs, along with tall heaters to keep everyone warm. I could totally imagine chilling out there with a coffee whilst I bask in the spring shine.
As we walked in the first thing that struck me was the size of the place. It was tiny and intimate – but in a really nice way. I find in small cafes/restaurants you can feel as if the spotlight is on you and it can be a bit intimidating. It’s different with Vivid Lounge as it’s open, friendly and cosy – not forgetting super bright thanks to the full length windows!
We approached the counter and as I did, the waitress beamed at us with a huge, welcoming smile. It completely set the tone of the place. Soon after we had a chat with the owner, Sam, who couldn’t have been nicer.
We were handed our menus and took a seat at the table. Often when I go somewhere new, I can’t help but look around. I “ooh” and “ahh” at everything surrounding me – from the little, fun interior touches to the selection of food and drink on offer. I’m like a child in a sweet shop. This time I noticed the fab little lanterns, flowers on the table and the cake domes on the counter.
It didn’t take me long at all to decide what I wanted to order. I was more than ready for a full English – surely it would be rude not to on a Sunday?! Along with my full-on breakfast, I opted for a traditional tea. Bogdan ordered the full English too and a Luscombe Madagascan vanilla soda.
Whilst waiting for our breakfast, the whole place felt so relaxed. It was almost as if we had found a little slice of secrecy away from the hectic city. It felt like the perfect place to grab a coffee, watch the world go by and feel totally relaxed as the smooth sound of jazz tingled our ears. Around us friends were catching up over breakfast, people were working on their laptops and others simply read the newspaper with their coffee.
Breakfast arrived and oh boy, were we happy! Our plates were stacked with goodness and it wasn’t like your usual kind of greasy, full English. The hash-browns had to be my favourite part of breakfast as they were crispy on the outside, and creamy in the middle. The rest of our breakfast was really tasty and included succulent sausages, flavoursome mushrooms, good old baked beans, runny poached eggs, plump tomatoes and fresh, squidgy bread. The portions were great and I was left with a hot flush – the sign of a good meal.
We finished up our drinks and just enjoyed chilling out. If you’re looking for a new breakfast spot with good and honest food, then I would definitely recommend Vivid Lounge. By day the place serves breakfast, by night it transforms into a Thai restaurant – a pretty unique and interesting fact! Although we didn’t try the Thai food, I’m particularly looking forward to stopping by and treating my tastebuds to the flavours of Thailand. But for now, we could almost be converted to ‘morning people’ after such a great breakfast.
Thank you to Vivid Lounge for inviting us – as ever all thoughts and opinions are my own.