Thanks to its prime position overlooking the canal at the bottom end of Broadway Market, this place attracts, as you might expect, plenty of Hackney hipsters. Much about the venue is fun – the studiedly casual decor with vintage wallpaper and Formica tables, the relaxed bar area and the prosecco on tap – but compared to other restaurants in the area, the kitchen (run by Hugo Warner, formerly of Benugo) doesn’t quite manage to distinguish itself.
The menu is concise, with strong Italian touches including hand-cut pastas. A starter of potted duck with piccalilli made up in generosity what it lacked in real moreishness; arancini with a good, deep-flavoured romesco sauce were rather sedate versions of what should be unctuous treats. The risotto of the day – nero with prawns – was perfectly unmemorable. Veal escalope was the only truly lip-smacking dish: dark, oily and crunchy.
The bill for all this was on the high side, although there are several very well-priced wines by the bottle. For people-watching and some decent dishes, the Market Café is fine – just don’t expect fireworks.
|Venue name:||Market Café||Contact:|
2 Broadway Market
|Opening hours:||Bar Open noon-11pm Mon-Thur; noon-midnight Fri; 10am-midnight Sat; 10am-10pm Sun. Restaurant Brunch served 10am-5pm Sat, Sun. Meals served noon-10pm Mon-Thur; noon-10.30pm Fri; 6-10.30pm Sat; 6-10pm Sun|
|Transport:||Tube: London Fields rail or bus 26, 48, 55|
|Price:||Main courses £9.50-£18.50|
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Average User Rating
2.9 / 5
- 5 star:4
- 4 star:0
- 3 star:1
- 2 star:1
- 1 star:4
Terrible. Been here a few times, every time it gets worse. Had dinner last Saturday, will officially be our last visit. I ordered Gnocchi with sausage Ragu, what I got was uncooked Gnocchi, with unseasoned, cold, tasteless sauce and sliced sausage, which was sent back. My partner ordered another pasta dish, equally tasteless. Awful. Should've realised how bad its got, the only place on Broadway Market with free tables on a Saturday night.
Even if the ambiance was nice, my mouth didn't deserve that. The easy chocolate cake at the end of the meal was not any consolation... Retrospectively, knowing that they didn't cooked the rice properly, we should have guessed that the cake was also challenge. I hope it was a bad evening for them because everything on our table was shockingly un-tasty. The meats too... One of the worst meal ever.
Love this place. Friendly with a lovely vibe and prices are keen. Brunch is always rammed so a bit chaotic, but the evenings are relaxed and good fun. Food has always been delicious when we visit, and the menu changes often. Espresso Martini's are cracking!
Sorry, but this place fall well short of the mark. Mixed identity food, overpriced, and poor service. The area is crying out for a good Italian, but an average quality pasta dish at £12 is just not right for Broadway Mkt.
Great addition to the area but find the italian food is poor and the place a bit derivative. The more british centric food is far better and in my view good value!
Disappointing to have a chain restaurant in place of La Vie en Rose, doesn't suit the area. More importantly, Market Cafe is too overpriced to warrant a lengthy afternoon stay, which is a shame.
What a fantastic addition to the London eating scene. Great location by Broadway market, with a very homely and lovely atmosphere and friendly staff. The menu is great with honest food made out of great produce. Great menu which is cleverly made and has something for everyone! Had slow cooked lamb leg with polenta which was divine. Oh and amalfi lemon sorbet was to die for. I often come on saturdays to get a bite at the market stalls. From now on I'll go to the market cafe instead. Emelie