Come “break the ice” at Fat Penguin

Guest blog by The Breakfast Snobs

A piece of history in Kew, this cute café, which was originally a residential home, has been serving locals for the last four years. The staff get asked at least three times a week where the name ‘Fat Penguin’ came from (and we were happy to be the fourth for the week!) — David, who is the cafés manager, went on to explain that the name is symbolic for breaking the ice. Fat Penguin is a place for the conversation to flow, while feeling comfortable, as if you were sitting at home.

Welcome to Fat Penguin, Kew East

What we ate:

  • Citrus avocado & feta on toast with poached egg, smoked bacon, chilli, coriander and tomato on toast
  • Sweet corn and smoked paprika fritters with guacamole, poached egg, zucchini, rocket and Beetroot relish (added bacon)
Citrus avocado & feta on toast with poached egg, smoked bacon, chilli, coriander and tomato on toast
Sweet corn and smoked paprika fritters with guacamole, poached egg, zucchini, rocket and Beetroot relish (added bacon)

What we drank

  • Almond milk latte and a strong latte made using ‘Where’s Marcel’ coffee beans
  • Death by Brownie milkshake — chocolate brownie (gluten free), Nutella, vanilla bean and milk > this literally tasted like liquid Nutella (delicious!)
Death by Brownie milkshake — chocolate brownie (gluten free), Nutella, vanilla bean and milk

What we will try next time

We are keen to return to try the summer menu, which will be launching in November. The menu is set to feature fresh and vibrant sauces and salsas. David described a breakfast bruschetta with cured meat, which they have been working on, so watch this space!

Overall experience

The staff were welcoming with big smiles and a great sense of humour. With ample street parking, this cute café boasts a spacious interior and a court yard great for groups or solo dinning.


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