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Frizzante@Hackney City Farm

Haggerston

Come to this City Farm café on a weekend at your peril; toddlers rule the roost inside and out, and while the food is appealing, nearby Broadway Market or Columbia Road offer better, more original cooking without having to eat it in a crèche.

But come in the evening and it’s a different matter. Then, the shabby space comes into its own, with candles and strings of coloured bulbs bringing out the natural warmth of the wooden decor. The menu is much the same as its daytime counterpart – all-day breakfasts, pastas, salads and roasts – but on Thursdays, an ambitious agriturismo menu offers a small selection of rustic dishes such as own-made pappardelle with asparagus, peas and pecorino, rabbit stew, stuffed squash, and seared duck salad.

The quality of both the produce and cooking is variable, and some dishes are overpriced at around £16, but on a warm evening you can get a very real sense of eating in an idyllic Italian hillside trattoria, despite being yards away from Hackney Road. Don’t come hungry though – courses are served around 45 minutes apart, and with no bread or nibbles to munch on, it’s a long night.

Venue name: Frizzante@Hackney City Farm
Contact:
Address: Hackney City Farm
1A Goldsmith's Row
London
E2 8QA
Opening hours: Lunch served 10am-3pm Tue-Fri; 10am-4pm Sat, Sun. Dinner served 5-10pm Tue, Wed, Fri; 7-10pm Thur
Transport: Tube: Hoxton rail
Price: Main courses £5-£17

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Rex

If you are going to the farm, make sure you eat somewhere else in the neighbourhood first. This really was the worst cooked breakfast both me and my partner have had in London for years. The vegetarian breakfast was one tablespoon of tepid scrambled egg, one mushroom, one tomato and one piece of slightly toasted bread with hardly any butter on. The meat breakfast added one slice of bacon and a stubby sausage, again all cold. For 2 coffees and 2 breakfasts it came to £21, total rip off.