The area around Victoria station is but a gastronomic desert, riddled with souless chains and not much else. But a short stroll down Wilton Way and you find this sight for sore eyes – a welcoming café perhaps more suited to the gentrified areas of Shoreditch than this grim thoroughfare.
Big wooden tables for communal eating and a lengthy chalkboard boasting, well, fresh and filling food makes this place feel immediately familiar.
Hot soups are creative and veer off the predictable path, with Toulouse sausage and lentil; peppered broccoli and brie; chickpea, spinach and dahl.
Hot mains are served in deep, rounded bowls in healthy proportions: aromatic chicken jalfrezi stew or a vegan Thai vegetable curry, both served with rice and costing a mere £4.95.
Our baked eggs with chorizo, spinach, feta and tomato came slightly overcooked, but delivered on flavour and came with two lavishly buttered slices of good brown bread.
It’s only open until 8pm weekdays (and 6pm on weekends), but this is a commendable pitstop when you’re in the area, and is possibly your best pre-theatre option around these parts.