A feature of the northern end of Columbia Road for more than a decade, this corner joint still pulls in the crowds through its cheerful atmosphere and generous, low-cost grub. The pine tables, scuffed wooden floors and primary coloured walls give the place the feel of an arty backpackers’ café circa 1990, while displays of local art reference the creativity of the surrounding area.
The food isn’t especially sophisticated, nor is it always Italian (feta and halloumi feature in several of the salads and pasta dishes), but if you’re looking for cheap and filling, you won’t go far wrong. Pizzas are the highlight, mainly due to their huge size. Though nothing to write home to mamma about – we found the bases quite bland – they’re tasty enough and varied, ranging from the classic (fiorentina, quattro formaggi) to the cross-cultural (the mexicana, with jalapeño chillies and minced beef).
Daily meat, fish and vegetarian specials are also available, and desserts are calorific (tiramisu, banoffi pie) but tasty. StringRay is normally heaving on Sunday lunchtimes; arrive early to grab a prime spot on the front terrace, from where you can watch plant-laden passers-by leaving the flower market.
We specialise in much-loved Italian dishes, a huge gluten-free pizza menu, craft bottled beers and cocktails in a building full of warmth and charm. Our pizza menu mixes much-loved toppings such as the napoletana pizza (olives, anchovies, capers) and the American hot (pepperoni and fiery jalapeño peppers) with Italian calzones and traditional Mediterranean ingredients. We also have a huge selection of gluten-free dishes, setting us apart from other restaurants in Shoreditch.
At Stringray Globe Café we welcome families and large group bookings, we have a children’s menu available and can seat large groups in our dining areas.