I want to give this place 5 stars as the cafe is cozy, the staff is lovely and the platters are cheap and portions substantial: I got two dinners out of my Mediterranean platter for takeaway (subbed fava bean falafels for the lamb meatballs). But I got to ding a star for the tasteless soup of the day (spinach) that I just poured down the drain when I got home. So £4.50 wasted. But the platter was fantastic: juicy tabbouleh and perfectly grilled halloumi and fat falafels that crunched perfectly. The yogurt sauce that accompanied three platter is bang-on savoury and sweet with not too much cucumber bits. If I was in the area, I would return just for that!
Lovely little cafe not many people know about - has a small outdoors area, too. The staff can be sometimes quite slow (or, rather - overwhelmed, as it can get very busy at times), so you have to be prepared to wait a bit, however the food is absolutely delicious.
A cafe with an international flavour, Brew for Two was a lovely place for brunch that we stumbled upon in Hackney. We got there at about 10.30 and, to be honest, it took quite a while for us to be acknowledged let alone have our order taken. I think this was down to the fact there was one person taking orders and cleaning tables and, since it was quite busy, it was probably a bit overwhelming. Once we got the menu, we saw that it really did have a worldy cuisine - there were Middle Eastern, Mediterranean and Scandinavian platters (as well as quite a few more) and your traditional breakfast items including omlettes and bagels. The serving sizes were plentiful and left us feeling full but not completely stuffed, which is what you want. Although we ate inside, there was an outdoor area which would be a perfect place to sit when the sun is out. If you're in the area, I would definitely recommend stopping by a Brew for Two.