After hearing so much about Hungry Pigeon (which just celebrated its first birthday recently!), my friend and I were excited to check it out. Plus, it is near the Italian Market – my new favorite place to buy groceries (but more on that later!).
The restaurant/cafe has a very trendy (indie), cozy atmosphere. Plants everywhere, a neutral color palette, a self-service station with different glass water containers and silverware nicely wrapped in pretty cloth.
We tried the ‘breakfast bowl,’ which was rice porridge bowl with kimchi, lentil sprouts, and spicy egg was more subtly flavored than I expected. It tasted as healthy as it looks and sounds. It hit the spot on a cold winter morning because it felt very wholesome and cleansing, but I wouldn’t order it again.
The real star of the breakfast was the banana bread sticky bun. This was recommended by Bon Appétit’s Instagram not once but twice in the last month, so I knew it had to be good. But wow – it was even better than anything I could have imagined. Soft like a cinnamon bun, but had the layers of a croissant. The sticky, crunchy outer layer complete with nuts and banana put the whole thing over the top. I asked the waitress, but unfortunately she said that the recipe was top-secret.
Overall, I would definitely come back here. The sticky bun is a must order, but I’ll probably try something else from their perfectly simple menu.