44 Queens Road, Buckhurst Hill, IG9 5BY
Simply is a popular local venue found on a pretty little street overlooking distant fields and serving some delicious fare. Its contemporary interior is welcoming, light and airy - the perfect spot to sit back, relax and enjoy a coffee and a slice of cake. Start the day with a full English breakfast (just £7.90), lip-smacking American pancakes or a yummy Continental breakfast. There is also a delicious 'Vital' breakfast of muesli, yoghurt and fresh fruit salad available, which is sure to kick-start your morning. Lunchtime dishes include a wholesome potato pie comprising layers of baked potato topped with sour cream and mozzarella, with fillings such as smoked salmon or sautéed spinach and ricotta to select from. We began with moreish fresh breads, plump marinated olives and juicy sundried tomatoes. I couldn't help stealing a bite of my companion's main of fluffy omelette. Made with free-range eggs, it was perfectly cooked and boasted a lovely creamy centre. My pasta funghi, made using wholemeal spaghetti, was delicious - I didn't leave a morsel. As Simply offer a choice of medium or large portions, it meant I had room left to share an indulgent tiramisu and a sensational Eton Mess. Contemporary works from local artists adorn the walls and a gorgeous garden is ideal for summer dining. This bistro - which can also be hired for private functions - is a prudent choice for all.