2 Atkins Square, Dalston Lane, London E8 1FN
Reviewed by Michael M Sandwick
The latest contribution to cool café culture in Hackney ticks all the boxes. From vegan and gluten free to beer and beef, it's al fresco in summer, wood-burning cosy in winter and always good value for money.
Floor to ceiling windows, blond wood, lanterns and greenery give the oval-shaped dining room a Scandinavian feel. The menu is deliberately minimal, emphasizing quality rather than quantity. It's solid, if not earth shaking, with something for everyone and all of it locally sourced.
Summer of Love (£8), gin, elderflower, strawberry syrup, lemon and soda got slurped up like liquid candy.
A bun with beef patty, pork and beef chili and jalapeños (£9) had more kick than political correctness. Skin on chips (£3) were very tasty and a side of mayo enforced our PC rebellion. A glass of Malbec (£7.50) was a bit disappointing as was the Viognier. In general, the wine didn't seem to be selected with the same care as everything else. I suspect the beer and cider are a better bet.
Smoked haddock kedgeree with curried rice, boiled egg and mango pickle (£9) with a side of slaw (£2) brought us back to our Hackney sensibilities. Good, well balanced food at an unbeatable price.
A Liege waffle with salty caramel ice cream and caramel sauce (£4.50) was a treat and as authentic as you get outside of Belgium. I'd go back for that and save a trip on the Eurostar!