Cafe Route

Restaurants , Cafés Kingsland
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A popular cafe, deli and bistro in Dalston, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner every day. It certainly looks the part, with bunches of dried chillies and garlic bulbs hanging from high, shelves stacked with pantry produce and cute little hampers overflowing with canned olives, tinned sardines and dried pasta. A long counter showcases the colourful salads.

Breakfasts prove popular, with Monmouth coffee and Kandula tea served alongside granola, traditional English breakfasts, veggie versions, eggs benedict, omelettes and shakshuka - a Middle Eastern skillet of eggs, tomatoes, peppers and onions. Mimosas and Red Snappers (Gin Mare, tomato juice, vegetable broth, celery salt, lemon juice and black pepper) sit under the 'hair of the dog' section - a sensible addition to the menu perhaps, given the locale. 

Those pretty salads (fennel, pear, radicchio and pomegranate, or cauliflower, brussel sprouts, cranberries and almonds for example) prove popular at lunch and dinner, and are served on their own or as plates of three or four together. Lunchtimes also see sandwiches, burgers and mains such as lemon and tarragon chicken with shallots, or sweet-chilli glazed salmon served. The charcoal grill is fired up in the evening, with onglet steaks, lamb fillets and thyme chicken breasts given the smokey treatment.

A short wine list concentrates on the old world, with plenty from France, Spain, Italy and Portugal. Keep an eye out for special additions to the drinks list, too. 

Venue name: Cafe Route
Address: Unit A
Gaumont Tower
Dalston Square
E8 3BQ
Opening hours: 7am-10.30pm every day
Transport: Overground Stations: Dalston Junction and Dalston Kingsland London Buses: 38, 30, 149, 67, 243, 76
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Lisa S

My favourite cafe in Dalston. Fresh, flavoursome food with a distinctly Turkish edge, using healthy ingredients that somehow still taste indulgent. Brunch particularly good, the full english and shakshuka both brilliant - with a mimosa to wash it down, of course. Also worth checking out the deli on your way out, for meats and cheeses and gourmet store cupboard treats. Service always helpful and friendly, which a particular positive in Dalston.

Alanna S

Great British and Turkish brunches, coffees, smoothies and Bloody Mary's. Highly recommend the salmon + 2 salad lunch option and keen to go back for an evening dinner. Nice decor, friendly staff and quick service. And the prettiest tap water jugs in the whole of London.