Friday 11 February 2011

Cafe Selin Flaming BBQ Grill - Norwich

(Now Corner Cafe)

121 Magdalen street

Cafe Selin is situated close to Secondhand Land on Magdalen Street.

Affordable prices and a varied breakfast menu will leave you spoilt for choice.

A good view to people watch on Magdalen Street as you drink your tea, slurp.

The 2 chaps in the corner seemed very jealous of my builders breakfast, I know what they will be ordering next time!

The choice on the menu is vast and varied, I overheard the waitress say that it is a cafe in the daytime and a fast food take away in the evenings.

Err... The door, where you enter the cafe.

No runny vinegar ketchup here, it asda be nice thick stuff.

Just 80p for a good mug of tea with tea bag left in, lovely!

Why eat breakfast and lunch at 2 different times? Just eat them both together on the same plate!

Yes, that is a burger on a fry up, not everyones cup of tea but I liked it.

Under the hash brown and heap of bacon was some good fried bread.

Also included in the price was toast.

This one was so big I couldn't finish it, I could now though. Bugger, why did I leave those chips and beans..

Upon entering - Cafe Selin is big and has a lot of places to sit so take your pick and grab a seat. There is a menu in the window if you prefer making your mind up before you enter, every table also has a menu too. At the rear of the cafe is the open plan kitchen and counter where I ordered my food, I have a feeling though that if you take a seat the waitress will come along and take your order. There are lots of food photos on the walls and the radio in the background makes it feel quite cafe like if you know what I mean. 7/10

Service - The person taking my order was polite and cheerful enough and she bought everything along when it was ready. 8/10

Contents - 1 jumbo sausage, 2 bacon, 1 burger, chips, 1 hash brown, 2 fried eggs, half a grilled tomato, beans, mushrooms, 1 slice of fried bread and 1 slice of toast & butter. 8/10

Presentation - It was quite a sight when it arrived and it seemed a shame to have to rearrange this magnificent work of art by eating it! 8/10

The food - The sausage was economy but still quite nice and didn't have a spongy texture like mega economy bangers always do. The bacon was fairly standard and cooked nicely, the burger seemed fairly economy but went well between the toast dipped in bean juice, the chips were a frozen variety cooked till crispy with a slight seasoned coating. The hash brown was tasty and cooked to perfection, both eggs had been fried perfectly with a nice runny yolk using egg rings. The tomato was juicy and tasty as were the mushrooms, a fairly standard slice of toast and fried bread that was perfect around the edges but a bit less cooked and oily in the middle. 7/10

Value for money - Quite cheap ingredients used but a lot of food for under a fiver! 7/10

Veggie option - Yes, veggie option are available (see menu)

Overall - The prices are really reasonable, the cheapest fried breakfast with toast and a hot drink costs less than £3! The food is cooked and presented really well but fairly cheap ingredients are used so don't expect a prize winning banger to be served. I choose the builders breakfast as I wanted to try as many things as possible, this included a burger and chips which felt like eating breakfast and lunch together on the same plate. If I go again I will probably get the all day breakfast and add fried bread and black pudding as extras, however I only usually revisit places that serve a quality sausage. If quality ingredients are what your after on your fry ups then it may not appeal, but if thats not such an issue and you like perfectly round fried eggs and lots of well cooked food for your money then this place is well worth a visit. 7/10


  1. I walk past here almost every day and keep wondering if I should pop in - thanks for the great review, will definitely give it a go now!

  2. these people are lovely go in!

  3. They do the best fried chicken in the city too! 3 hench pieces and chips with a drink for £4.50 Winner, winner - CHICKEN DINNER!!

  4. Sounds great! I will have to try the chicken dinner.

  5. Linda and Bruce27 April 2012 at 14:09

    We had a breakfast there last year later in the day and as you say good value and friendly. Definitely recommend it.
    Also on another visit had the dish of the day Turkish option, we had different dishes, a stuffed aubergine and a chicken wings stew, both excellent value and very enjoyable. Worth a try without breaking the bank.

  6. Oh man, I love this place. I had the builders breakfast the other day whilst the two girls I was with shared a calzone. All of us left stuffed to the brim with silly grins on our faces as if we'd just run out without paying the bill. It was only just over £10 with tea included...hangover completely destroyed and they even threw in some bonus apple tea too. Very friendly staff, a bit like being in a Wimpy but in Turkey. Excellent recommendation!