*London cafes: your very best recommendations, please!

Discussion in 'London and the South East' started by editor, Mar 26, 2003.

  1. dannyb

    dannyb New Member

    and the homemade special sauce is pretty tasty ;)
  2. waverunner

    waverunner Be nice or I'll bite

    Not a cafe but I didn't want to start a whole new thread about it... Nusa Dua on Dean Street W1.. fantastic food and very well priced :) Also very tiny, I think it seats a max of 14 people but the staff are lovely and it really is delicious food :)
  3. yokerist

    yokerist wrongin it wrongin

    well Im not sure if anywan has posted it

    Marrakech Cafe on New Road off Whitechapel High St E1

    is really rally nice

    coffess are £1.20 and lovley and the food is really lovely and reasonably priced

    They have a shisha room

    yum yum yum yum yum mmmmmmmmyum yummmmmm

    I love it there open every day ah its great rrrrrrrrrrr m m m m m
  4. Janh

    Janh signs might be omens

    Scooterworks, Marsh Lane, Waterloo

    This is my favourite place for coffee, a cold drink and relaxing to some good tunes in a comfy chair, AND it's all wrapped up in a scooter workshop so don't forget to buy the two stroke.

    A really honest home-from-home if you like the whiff of motor oil with your coffee.


    sshhh don't tell everyone
  5. Monkeynuts

    Monkeynuts Hello sailor

    Ahem we seem to be losing sight of the fact that this is about cafes - no accent on the 'e'.

    Real cafes do not have:
    - websites
    - alcohol licences
    - themes

    Real cafes do have:
    - cheap menus constructed around more permutations of bacon, egg, sausage, beans and tomatoes than sceptical mathematicians at Cambridge University are prepared to believe is mathematically possible
    - squeezy bottles of sauce
    - decor that must have been bang on once

    If I haven't already let me recommend Tasty Cafe on St Johns St EC1 for its extreme cheapness and excellent Italian additions to the British staples.
  6. KellyDJ

    KellyDJ New Member

    Oh, I've just moved to Sutton

    (makes a note to try out at the weekend)
  7. Shippou-Sensei

    Shippou-Sensei 4:1:2.5

    and spam

    of course
  8. Maggot

    Maggot The Cake of Liberty

    Despite living in the area, have only just discovered this one:

    The Terrace Cafe 25a Widmore Road, Bromley (Opposite Boots)
    020 8466 5584

    A good menu, with a number of veggie options, large number of sandwiches and friendly service. It also has an alcohol licence, which should really confuse/upset Monkeynuts as it is an old school cafe.
  9. zorrodp

    zorrodp New Member

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    zorrodp New Member

  11. Meltingpot

    Meltingpot Living in our pools we soon forget about the sea

    Don't know if I've mentioned it already; Govinda's, the Hari Krishna restaurant in Soho Square. Great veggie food and an atmosphere of calm and tranquillity I've never encountered anywhere else I've gone for a meal.

    Also, has anyone tried the Bonnington cafe in Vauxhall? It got a slating in the Grauniad today but I've just visited the website and I'd definitely give it a punt if I lived in the area.

  12. oryx

    oryx Sitting on the bock of the day

    Yes, a few times. There have even been Urban nights out there!

    I like it - it's small, reasonably priced, and unpretenti........NO! It's not unpretentious!!

    The food is basic but I've always found it decent, & value for money, & the place has a very laid back, slightly chaotic vibe. Its roots as a squatted social centre/cafe are still very much in evidence.
  13. Farmer Giles

    Farmer Giles Well-Known Member

    Garratt Lane

    Superb cafe
  14. christonabike

    christonabike Elm Park Bencher

    Little Kitchen, Clapham North

  15. MvM

    MvM Strangely Normal

    Workers Hope on Holloway Road up towards Highbury Corner.

    Actually, I've not eaten there as I'm always in a rush when I go past so if anyone has given it a go I'd be interested in what you thought.
  16. ovaltina

    ovaltina Well-Known Member

    I can't remember what it's called but there's a nice one in Mile End. You come out of the tube and turn left, at the lights go left again and it's about 300 yards up. I went there yesterday with a massive hang over and had a fried breakfast, after which I felt almost normal again. Really tasty scrambled eggs :) and it came to £3.70. I like East London! :)
  17. mao

    mao I'm totally wired

    Crystal Pantry on Church Rd, Crystal palace is quite good
  18. mao

    mao I'm totally wired

    Crystal Pantry in Church Rd, Crystal palace is decent. Big portions and good quality food.Highly recommended.
  19. rennie

    rennie m'enfin!

    I might try this one out soon.
  20. DG55

    DG55 Well-Known Member

    If you're ever in the Clapham Junction/West Clapham/Northcote Road area, try out '53' on Battersea Rise for the best coffee in town (imo). They do food too, quiche, freshly made baguettes etc, and a whole load of authentic french produce which could be worth a look (although I have no idea). Might have free wifi too. The owner is a great guy too. Worth a look.
  21. Woollyredhat

    Woollyredhat Active Member

    Cafe/ Restuarant, an Italian place near the Odeon theatre opposite the park and Star imprints. The pasta they serve there is divine.

    Can't remember the name of the place though :mad:

    There's another one, around that area but can't remember the name of that either for the time being.
  22. DG55

    DG55 Well-Known Member

    Well, unfortunately '53' on Battersea Rise has closed down. Shame, easily the best coffee in that area.

    Although I do have another recommendation, much more greasy spoon stylee. Tony's Northcote Cafe just around the corner on Northcote Road, one of the only remaining 'original and 'ungentrified' shops on that street. Fucking amazing fry ups. Tony is an absolute charm too, you cant really miss him - he's almost certainly behind the counter every time you go in. Closes at 2pm in the afternoon though so get there early.

  23. MvM

    MvM Strangely Normal

    I've now eaten there; several times.

    Its rather good in functional way. The 'bubble & squeak' (seriously) was much much better than I imagined it would be. The cops eat there too, although if thats a plus or not I couldn't really say.
  24. Nixon

    Nixon peanut butter n.w.o.

    Gabi's deli on Charing X Road.Good veggie food,cheap for central london,fresh and homemade food.proper saltbeef sandwiches..

    Bruno's cafe just off Wardour Street.It's opposite Vitaorganic and near where the old Intrepid Fox used to be.It's not the flashiest cafe around,but it's probably one of the only Italian cafe's in Central that is actually run and owned by Italians.Good coffee.Cheap pastries and really good mini pizza's.Breakfasts.Sandwiches all freshly made and prepared.The guys who work there are lovely too.A lot of the punks and clientelle from Diamond Jacks tend to go there too.I ran into Lars Fredriksen from Rancid after he'd just got some work done,just as I was popping in for some buckfast there :)

    Whenever I go there I always laugh at the fools paying like 8 quid for a coffee and a cake at a shitty generic costa's,when you can get the real deal for half the price just around the corner..
  25. nino_savatte

    nino_savatte No pasaran!

    Cafe Plum, Crisp Road, W6...opposite The Riverside.
  26. Maggot

    Maggot The Cake of Liberty

    No name, no location, no address. The vaguest, most useless recommendation I've heard!
  27. d.a.s.h

    d.a.s.h New Member

    That used to be called the Odd Spot Cafe years ago and was definitely of the superior old school variety, with formica-topped tables, wooden chairs, and gleaming Still water boiler.
  28. chico enrico

    chico enrico No hair shows you care.

    That cafe, down the road, on the corner. One one with the tables where the old guy works. :)
  29. Etymologist

    Etymologist λάθε βιώσας

    Bea's of Bloomsbury, 44 Theobalds Road. Most amazing cakes since sliced bread.
  30. editor

    editor hiraethified

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