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A popular cafe, deli and bistro in Dalston, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner every day. It certainly looks the part, with bunches of dried chillies and garlic bulbs hanging from high, shelves stacked with pantry produce and cute little hampers overflowing with canned olives, tinned sardines and dried pasta. A long counter showcases the colourful salads.
Breakfasts prove popular, with Monmouth coffee and Kandula tea served alongside granola, traditional English breakfasts, veggie versions, eggs benedict, omelettes and shakshuka - a Middle Eastern skillet of eggs, tomatoes, peppers and onions. Mimosas and Red Snappers (Gin Mare, tomato juice, vegetable broth, celery salt, lemon juice and black pepper) sit under the 'hair of the dog' section - a sensible addition to the menu perhaps, given the locale.
Those pretty salads (fennel, pear, radicchio and pomegranate, or cauliflower, brussel sprouts, cranberries and almonds for example) prove popular at lunch and dinner, and are served on their own or as plates of three or four together. Lunchtimes also see sandwiches, burgers and mains such as lemon and tarragon chicken with shallots, or sweet-chilli glazed salmon served. The charcoal grill is fired up in the evening, with onglet steaks, lamb fillets and thyme chicken breasts given the smokey treatment.
A short wine list concentrates on the old world, with plenty from France, Spain, Italy and Portugal. Keep an eye out for special additions to the drinks list, too.
The kitchen opens at 7am during the week and 8am on the weekends, and our breakfast menu is as classic as it is delightful, including the full english and Route specialties like the Beetroot Royale and the Hangover. For lunch, our meal combinations are very popular. You can choose from seven main courses and add two or three of our eight salads to go with them. Lunch mains include fan-favourites like chicken meatballs, sweet chilli glazed salmon and pulled lamb.
Cafe Route is also a popular pre-theatre destination, as we’re only a moment’s walk from the Arcola, one of London’s leading off-West End theatres. Swing by for our lamb shawarma or our chargrilled chicken thighs and wash them down with our organic house wines. Our small plates and antipasti are great for those who like more communal eating. Popular choices include the lamb flatbreads and potato kibbeh, and our fried squid is the best in east London!
Our homemade cakes and desserts are the perfect way to finish your meal. From orange and pomegranate cake to chocolate chip and mandarin loaf, each is created from family recipes.