6 Church Road
BN3 2 FL
Tel: 01273 640206
Opening Times: According to their website they are "usually" open weekdays from 7am to 6pm and weekends from 9am to 6pm.
Last Visited: April 2012
A lazy Sunday without the Mrs around meant that the boys had to keep themselves occupied. Our Romanian correspondent Count Cumberland was back in the country and had eyed up Slice Sussex on his internet travels, so we made our way there for a late breakfast.
The now standard mish mash of shabby chic furniture fills Slice Cafe with oddities from a past life and yet in this location they don't quite come together. The layout is a bit of a mess but overall the cafe has a strange charm to it, albeit on this day it was ghostly silent, as we arrived during an early afternoon lull.
The menu has plenty of choice with a couple of egg options and meat and veggie versions of a full English catching our eye. Interestingly the veggie fry up has more on it and reads better. We ended up with a veggie fry up and 1 of the egg brigade each, benedict and florentine, opting for the latter myself.
As Count Cumberland mentions, the service was charming; the pretty waitress filling us in on the details of a cinema night the cafe hosts and other events in the local area, always happy to stop and chat, the plus side of an empty cafe I guess.
Food was a little slow to come, more noticeable due to the lack of other customers but arrived piping hot. The hollandaise was cooked and seasoned well, not too rich and thick, blending well with the nicely wilted spinach. Unfortunately the eggs were overcooked and only providing a small amount of runny yolk to get excited about. The toast as well was a let down, bog standard and flavourless brown toast, if it was served on some nice home made sourdough or the standard English muffin or even just a nicer quality granary slice it would have taken the dish step further. Considering they charge £8.55, I would expect better.
Thanks to a friend with a smaller appetite, I got to polish off the veggie fry up. Some nicely cooked ingredients but ultimately nothing that stood out, again, a bit more flourish and a dash of something more exciting would take it to another level, but otherwise it was fairly decent. Again a bit too expensive considering the amount and quality.
Paired with a couple of good lattes and great service though it was a nice way to spend the afternoon but I'm not sure I would return due to the price and the other issues mentioned.
The outstanding memory from my visit here was definitely the service. It came with a smile and a nice personal touch. With a quirky collection of furniture populating the Church Road café there was definitely more on offer here than your regular cafe. I'd be keeping an eye out for their boutique cinema showings if I didn't have to return to foreign shores!
From the menu choice, I went for the Eggs Benedict accompanied by a good cuppa. The hollandaise sauce was delightful and the whole meal well balanced. The egg was perfectly poached and the bacon provided its salty goodness. I had no trouble devouring the whole lot!