Many of life’s best inventions stem from combining great things.
While the wheel and engine came together to make the car, Scott’s All Day in Cambridge applied the winning philosophy to its brunch pizza.
Packed with sausages, eggs and mushrooms atop a pillowy pizza base with tomato and parmesan, the chefs have made a meal that could have easily been dreamt up on a hangover.
This quirky take on two classic meals has put the Mill Road restaurant firmly on the map for students and locals. When I visited on Wednesday lunchtime (September 30), Scott’s was buzzing with plenty of customers.
The restaurant, opened last August by Scott Holden – who previously worked at iconic Cambridge restaurant Fitzbillies – serves a menu of brunch and pizza, alongside coffee, soft drinks and alcoholic options.
A trendy restaurant fitting with Mill Road
Scott’s stylish decor stands out immediately and helps it to fit in with Mill Road’s vibrant surroundings.
Open brick walls are decorated with vintage posters and blackboards, while wooden chairs and tables fill the floor space. The bar runs along the sidewall and is framed by a wide window that offers perfect people-watching opportunities onto the busy street outside.
The chic decor is partly thanks to Fitzbillies owners Alison Wright and Tim Hayward, who helped Scott design his new restaurant. Needless to say, all the proper safety precautions including hand sanitiser, track and trace and social distancing were in place.
A special shoutout has to go out to Scott’s music playlist. Classics from Bruce Springsteen and Dire Straits had my foot tapping as I waited for my food to arrive.
The restaurant screams out as being the perfect hangover spot. Not only for its coffee and relaxed ambience, but also because of its most unique and anticipated meal – the brunch pizza.
Reliving the brunch pizza experience
My key advice for anyone eating the brunch pizza would be to go in with an empty stomach – you’ll understand why later.
After ordering my meal – costing £13 – my short wait was quickly rewarded when the kitchen bell rang. I resisted the temptation to drool like one of Pavlov’s dogs before watching the doughy goodness being brought over to the table.
First impressions revealed that, looks-wise, it’s much prettier than I thought a brunch pizza would be – with the yellow egg yolk and red tomato sauce adding colour to the plate.
Cutting the pizza was particularly enjoyable as the egg yolk perfectly cracked and leaked across the pizza. A true Kodak moment.
I opted to go for the knife and fork method as the sheer weight of this brunch pizza meant picking it up would have been risky. The rich flavours of the sausage were easily absorbed by the thick pillow-like dough.
As I moved from the first quarter through to the last, I noticed myself gradually sliding downwards in my seat as gravity took ahold of me.
Despite a few moments of hesitation, I managed to finish the brunch pizza and then sat in silence, a few kilograms heavier but ultimately very satisfied.
It’s hard to critique such a fulfilling dining experience, but this certainly isn’t a light breakfast. If you’re used to yoghurt and granola then this is likely to catch you off guard.
The next time I’m particularly struggling with a hangover in Cambridge I know where I’ll be heading.