Café Heath

Restaurants , Caribbean South Hackney
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Bigger money might lie in Caribbean fine dining, but the soul of this cuisine lies in ventures like Café Heath. Opened in summer 2013 on the resolutely downmarket stretch of Mare Street opposite St John’s Hospice, this tiny space is kitted out with the kind of minimalist fittings that are not so much Hackney hipster, more the result of its previous incarnation as a Chinese takeaway.

The menu is equally no-nonsense, with a range of daily lunch specials – jerk or stewed chicken, curry goat, oxtail and butter beans, escovitch fish and a range of sumptuous-sounding soups – alongside everyday items such as curried chickpea roti with tamarind sauce. A generous serving of oxtail came in a deep, rich sauce and was a fine example of this classic stew, served with rice and peas, and fried plantain. Stewed chicken had been caramelised and coated in a punchy sauce that stopped just short of overpowering the meat’s flavours.

Do try a (generous) slice of one of the homemade cakes – potato cake and carrot cake, on our visit – washed down with the homemade pineapple or Guinness punch. From the space to the staff to the food, it was guileless but artful… properly Caribbean.


Venue name: Café Heath
Address: 67 Mare Street
E8 4RG
Opening hours: Meals served 6am-6pm Mon-Thur; 6am-8pm Fri; 8am-8pm Sat
Transport: Bus: 26, 48, 55, 388, D6; Rail: London Fields rail
Price: Main courses £4-£6.50. Set lunch (noon-2pm Mon-Fri) £4 1 course
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Boo W

This place is a hidden treasure! 

Do not expect incredible, but DO expect very, very tasty! 

Lovely paired down interiors, friendly, and just a rare find of a lunch style restaurant these days. 

The actual lunch deal is hard to beat price wise and especially so eating in. With little expectations

you will fall in love without knowing why.

Naomi S

the food is lovely, tasty and lovely. great staff and customer service. the food is too die for,literally and wonderful price range. great food for a great price. AMAZING!!!!

Tiff L

Amazing food and excellent service. The decor is minimalist as it focuses purely on the food, which you can tell is cooked with LOVE, and not bulk made to a basic internet recipe. The prices are not extreme like most caribbean food places and the spice is not dulled down for the British pallet without being over bearing. I shall definitely be returning.

I work close to café Heath the food is always just right. Sum day I tell the girls to surprise me and eat what ever

they serve up.  Such a fun place to eat  


Had the oxtail and butter beans with rice and peas. Absolutely brilliant! Genuinely lovely service too. I'll be back again soon.


Best Caribbean in Hackney. I've just bought some Jerk chicken, dumpling, coleslaw rice & peas. SO tasty! Brought it back to the office and 7 of my colleagues went there to try it as it smelt so good. Lovely staff too. This place is a must!