Adjoining a shop crammed with Scandinavian antiques, this café has a delightful ad hoc feel, with a scatter of mismatched tables and any number of period curios on the walls. There’s nothing slapdash about the South-east Asian cooking, however. Portions are big, from nicely seasoned edamame beans to veggie dumplings with a heap of bean sprouts and salad, and the flavours in a fiery chicken laksa made with tender udon noodles were deep and satisfying.
There’s porridge or toast at breakfast, and a fine range of pretty cakes on the counter (lemon drizzle, red velvet, carrot, chocolate brownies), plenty of teas (served in a delicate pot with handle-less tea cup), own-made lemonade and well-chosen alcohol – wine, Tsing Tao and Beer Lao, or Pimm’s. Quarters is thronged with local mums during the day (though the tiny toilet is hardly suited to baby-changing) and recently diversified into evening opening, with a three-course set menu (dumplings or noodle salad, noodle soup for main, cakes to finish) for just over a tenner.
Service is charming and the atmosphere could hardly be more relaxed, with 6Music on the stereo and arty freesheets scattered about.
|Venue name:||Quarters Café||Contact:|
267 Archway Road
|Opening hours:||Meals served 9am-8pm Mon-Sat; 9am-7pm Sun|
|Price:||Main courses £5.50-£8.50. Set dinner (7-8pm Mon-Sat) £10.99-£11.99 3 courses|
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Love this place. Always a warm welcome and great food at a reasonable price. Would definitely recommend to anyone visiting the area. Fantastic antiques in the adjoining shop next door too!
Love this place, always a warm welcome and fantastic food at a reasonable price. Would definitely recommend to anyone visiting the area. Amazing antiques in the adjoining shop next door too!