Its airy first-floor location is just one of the draws of this little café overlooking Neal’s Yard. On a sunny day, light streams through the wall of windows on to big pine tables that happily accommodate large groups of friends who haven’t met yet. Food is prepared behind a horseshoe bar laden with huge bowls of fruit and bright vegetables. Service is genuinely friendly (open smiles, helpful suggestions) and the cooking is both creative and of a high quality.
The short menu focuses on ‘raw’ – food that hasn’t lost any nutrients or flavour through cooking – but for those who prefer their food served above body temperature, there are warmer options such as ‘sunfood’ soup of the day with toasted sourdough. Vegans are well catered for too; sections of the menu are labelled ‘plant foods only’. A dish of the day of mixed meze was a riot of colour, texture and flavour, with standouts being fig, pomegranate and mint salad, and dolmades stuffed with cauliflower ‘rice’ and sun-dried tomato.
Monmouth coffee and organic wines are available, along with cold-pressed organic juices such as ‘vibrant green’: full of green fruit and veg, with a lemon and ginger kick. More juices and smoothies – with names like ‘youthful’, ‘mighty’ and ‘flexible’ – can be found at the Wild Juicery bar next door.