When I first visited Popeyes’ after it opened at the Metrocentre in August last year I was pretty impressed by the food, so when Popeyes announced their new breakfast menu earlier this month I thought I’d give it a go and see if it lived up to the main menu options.

The breakfast menu is on trial at the Metrocentre and Oxford branches.

I headed into the Metrocentre one morning last week when I had some time to myself before working a late shift. I had some shopping to do but I arrived at 10am meaning it was a prime opportunity to try out the Popeyes breakfast. I can’t say I’ve been to the Metrocentre so early on a weekday before but if you’re wanting to avoid the crowds I’d recommend it.

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Having found the bright orange of the Popeyes store it was time to order. I decided to try the sausage, egg and cheese muffin and (as I was visiting ‘in the name of journalism’) a bacon roll. I was intrigued by the Cajun hash browns on the menu so decided to grab one, as well as a plain hash brown, to taste the difference.

The soft drink options were quite limited with no orange juice available. Not being a tea or coffee drinker or wanting a milkshake or fizzy drink at 10am I settled for a bottle of water.

The food arrived a short time later.

The muffin (£3.50) was very similar to the offering at rival McDonalds – a thin sausage patty with a slice of cheese and fried egg.

The Northern Echo: (L-R) A sausage, egg and cheese muffin, bacon roll and hash browns,(L-R) A sausage, egg and cheese muffin, bacon roll and hash browns, (Image: DANIEL HORDON)

And the bacon roll (£3.75) came with two rashers of bacon and a choice of sauce. For me the bacon was cooked just right but if you’re a fan of a crispier rasher I’m not sure whether you’d be able to ask for it to be more well done.

The Cajun hash brown (£1.99) was my favourite part of my selection, although you’ll pay 49p for some Cajun seasoning compared to a plain hash brown.

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The Cajun spice was subtle but tasty and I was left wishing I’d ordered two instead of one plain one.

I came away adequately stuffed having effectively had two breakfasts.

I’d enjoyed the food but probably wouldn’t rush back for the breakfast in the same way I would for their chicken sandwiches, although the hash browns may force me to pay another visit.