It has been a tasty Spring. In the second edition of theEdit we take a seat-of-pants, mostly East, tour of what we’ve been eating. We hit up three east end brunch spots that are totes vegilicious, we trek to Walthamstow… twice… Finally we visit a few old favourites and find they’ve still got it.
A few #EastLondon Brunches @lAtelierDalston @GaiaPulsesCafe & @BrunswickCoffee
Always on the lookout for new places to brunch, the hidden gem that is Brunswick Coffee, caught our eye. The dressed down courtyard is just off Gillett Street and is total bliss on a sunny spring day, with tables strewn around and a handful of locals gathering to reflect on the week and sip lattes. We love the poached eggs with whipped yoghurt and doused in butter, chilli and dill. The bread is from the Dusty Knuckle social enterprise, and the baked goods and friendly Aussie service are a delight.
If you’re in this part then also wander a little further north along Kingsland Road to L’Atelier, Dalston. It’s a unique little café popular with freelancers, artists taking a break from their studio’s and 20 something’s on first dates. The coffee is great; the short order menu tasty (try the spring onion cheese toasty) – or if inclined, a vino and/or a bloody mary. But most of all we come for the exquisite ambiance: the effortless rustic interior decorated with reclaimed goods and the total “shazamable” spotify playlist. Go!
We can’t not mention Gaia Pulses – simply because their authentic no fuss offering is profoundly in line with our eating ethic. Mostly pulses, augmented with meat, toasted sour dough and delicious homemade pickled veg condiments – served from the heart at this warehouse come studio block in Hackney Wick. Oh, and did we mention the home-made cakes?
We were summoned to Walthsamstow twice during the spring, it made us wonder: has E17 come of age? If you’re in the hood, your first stop must be Bühler and Co. This tasty little number serves up breakfast, lunch and dinner alongside baked goods and decidedly antipodean (e.g. well crafted) coffee. It’s unashamedly vegetarian, not an ounce of bacon has drifted into their brunch menu – and the two non-vegetarians we had with us didn’t miss a thing: every dish from the spicy baked eggs to the spatzle with pea purée was rich, flavourful and wholesome. Go on a sunny day and enjoy the magnificent courtyard (feels like an Auckland back yard), although you can choose from two rather chic indoor spaces too.
We also tried Eat 17 Wathamstow, part of the group which has stores and restaurants in Hackney, in Walthamstow Village. Packed on a Friday night, we were impressed with the menu, including on-premise baked bread, ethically sourced produce and a kitchen that knows it’s stuff. We loved the special: pan roasted broccoli, carrot aioli, onion granola, halloumi, and red pepper.
Revisiting old favourites: @HonestBurgers & @CaravanKingsX @HoneyAndCo & @barrafinaFRst
Isn’t it lovely when you see an old friend and they’re still just as good as you remember?
- I remember when Caravan Kings Cross was a wee rug rat, bringing decent coffee to Exmouth Market (finally). It still does great coffee and inspired small and mid sized plates. We loved the tofu crusted in chilli, drenched in thick soya sauce; and they’ve still got the blue cheese won-tons on the menu… Get in!
- Just around the corner, Honest Burgers franchise is still living up to it’s name, serving tasty and well priced burgers, fries and other sides. The beers rotate fairly regularly though they’re still serving the cauliflower fritter as the veggie option. Not that we mind, it’s crispy, spicy and has lashings of a cooling yogurt sauce in a lightly toasted brioche.
- I love love love Honey And Co. Except the lights. The lights are too white. But get past the lights and you’ll be enamoured with the deluxe mezze – you wont look at a Waitrose hummus selection the same way ever again. Oh and forget haloumi, now I’ve found manouri, a by-product of feta-making. It’s a softer and saltier cheese than haloumi, but rest assured it’s still grilled and still delicious. And we all know so I probably don’t need to mention, the main reason to go to Honey And Co are the desserts, right?
- I first met the acquaintance of Barra Fina when it was one, not three locations and when I used to eat (quite a lot more) meat. I was sceptical that on veg along it would cut muster. And while it by no means undelivered (the asparagus and truffle with egg was frankly, other worldly), I did feel the fish counter would give me a fuller experience. No two ways about it, veg focussed Spanish small plates: I’ve not yet seen it.