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Isla Ray

Restaurants, Australian Deptford
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Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

An Australian-influenced café/bar in Deptford.

The appeal of Isla Ray lies in its ramshackle lack of novelty. It’s a café, bang in the tumult of Deptford’s loveably grungy High Street market – a few minutes’ walk but stylistically miles away from the fancy, foodie Market Yard. That’s not to say it swerves the area’s artsy vibe: the theme here is ‘chintzy tropicalia with added neon’. There’s a giant seahorse sculpture. Piles of community mags. Uncomfortable vintage furniture and some vaguely psychedelic ’60s nonsense on the stereo. It’s cosy.

Food-wise, it does solid sourdough sarnies, bagels and a couple of salads (plus some sharing bits in the evening). There was nothing particularly thrilling about its tomato, mozzarella, salami and pesto toastie, or a minimalist brie and ham bagel, though the ingredients were decent. And, in fairness, I’d happily snaffle both again. But an open smoked salmon and mascarpone sandwich truly was ace, the silken cheese imparting a subtle sweetness and the whole lot festooned with teeny capers, dill fronds and radish. Basic, but thoughtfully built. There’s nothing to get too frenzied over here, but as reliable and quirky little spaces go, Isla Ray is textbook stuff.

Isla Ray says
Isla Ray is a cafe/bar offering simple yet delicious lunch/brunch menu. You can relax within the “open house” retro, tropical vibes and get lost amongst the brightly coloured plant-filled interiors. Isla Ray is also a platform for creatives with art exhibitions, live music & DJs over the weekend.

Details

Address: 37 Deptford High St
London
SE8 4AD
Transport: New Cross rail
Price: Lunch for two with drinks (no service): around £20.
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I stumbled across this new swanky cafe-come-bar last weekend and was very impressed with the friendly customer service and great vary of drinks. This new kid on the block in Deptford takes Australian food and drink with a touch of summer creating a chilled lounge/bar atmosphere to hang. I loved the wee garden area out back with it's hot pink theme and enjoyed a cocktail in the sun. Unfortunately I didn't get the chance to sample their food but will plan to go back for a tasty breakfast or lunch as their open-sandwiches looked very tempting. 

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