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Restaurant Review: Breakfast at Hudsons of Dickson

By johnboy 20 October 2008 92

[First filed: October 19, 2008 @ 12:51]

Cafe corner in the Dickson shops is a busy place of a weekend morning. You don’t really choose which of the cafes you eat at, rather taking wherever there’s a spare table with shade.

This means that the cafe which makes the most money is the one which can churn the customers fastest.

We took a seat at Hudsons and enjoyed the talented buskers, playing perhaps a touch too loud.

Ordering at the counter got us a number on a stick and in the time it took to buy a newspaper our drinks had arrived with the food not far behind.

Tasteless tomatoes. Ropey scrambled eggs. The bacon was OK.

My date’s pumpkin fritters caused her to remark that perhaps pumpkin is not suitable for frittering, although it reportedly tasted fine and the hollandaise sauce was particularly good.

While we were eating our empty glasses were whisked away time is money after all.

The atmosphere is great, but in my opinion there are better breakfasts to be had for the money elsewhere.

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sprintman 4:44 pm 03 Nov 08

Re Carlo’s. “Would you like mushrooms with your salt” or “how about eggs with your salt” Why not just colourise different portions of salt and sell that? The affect would be the same.

Overheard 12:20 pm 29 Oct 08

Caveat Pumpkin Fritter-Eater. If you’re going to order such a horrendous concoction, you get all you deserve.

Dare I say, you get your just desserts?!

As for ‘order and pay at the counter’, any seasoned (no pun intended) eater-outer should know that this will vary from place to place. If in doubt, ask.

For example, I hadn’t been to Café Essen for ages, so when I stopped in this morning for a superb long black Organic New Guinea, I stepped up to the counter and asked pleasantly what the go was. ‘Sit down and we’ll be right with you’ was the response, and the service and the coffee and the atmosphere was grand.

Slightly more disappointing is the (lack of) regard for customers shown by one of my regular haunts, Bardelis. Last week they were doing some sort of re-furbing, but today the door was shut with no sign nor hint of when or if they will/might be open.

The risk: punters like me find somewhere else for the day, and possibly more permanently.

qwerky 11:43 am 29 Oct 08

Hudson’s breakfast is quite ordinary. I’ve had the pumpkin fritters and they were dry and tasteless. And ‘order and pay at the counter’ is fine if you’re a local and know the drill. For my money, Cafe Prego next door does a far better and more interesting breakfast with unique ingredients, and it’s less crowded and more shaded. I will write a review tomorrow and post a pic perhaps.

Overheard 10:05 pm 22 Oct 08

Or a purloined, secretive photograph of a secondary breakfast that fits the “bill” !!

Granny 3:07 pm 22 Oct 08

I love their bread. It tastes like the homemade bread my dad used to bake sometimes. It was such a treat to go there, but I have been disappointed the last couple of times and not been back. I am a simple woman. A nice muggacino or a latte can completely make my day.

: )

Overheard 3:03 pm 22 Oct 08

That’s a shame, too, Granny. I lurve Deeks’s savoury muffins and their coffee is pretty much universally brilliant (or was). AND the Canadian server/waitress/possible manager or has some interest in it is (sigh!) a brilliant PR person for the place, the products and the ‘je ne sais quoi’. I dithered this morning about going to Deeks or Hudsons but was keen to do a comparative study after the OP.

Granny 2:57 pm 22 Oct 08

I used to go to Hudsons, but I had too many bad experiences once they changed hands. I was going to Deeks instead, but even they seem to have deteriorated recently.

Overheard 2:49 pm 22 Oct 08

Ah no, peterh. I’d say at a guess that their clientele are not likely to be Rioters, nor would the owners be the sort to jump on and e-defend themselves.

peterh 2:42 pm 22 Oct 08

what i am interested in knowing is why hudsons dickson hasn’t waded in to RA to defend themselves? nearly every cafe or pub / bar / club that gets a mention on RA seems to find a computer from somewhere and make a comment.

maybe they don’t care….

Granny 2:37 pm 22 Oct 08

I prefer my virgins young and beautiful … therefore that pretty much rules you men out.

*tee hee*

You’re all safe, ok!!

peterh 2:26 pm 22 Oct 08

Granny said :

That’s how I look when I haven’t sucked the life essence from young virgins, peterh!


In between fixes as it were ….

that’s me pretty well safe, then. growing up in charny sorted that out pretty quick…
and I am in no way young…

Granny 1:24 pm 22 Oct 08




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