The Dynamo

Restaurants, Cafés East Putney
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A cycle café offering brunches and pizzas, with a workshop coming soon.

You know you’re in for a bumpy ride when your waiter asks, ‘What can I get you?’ and you go, ‘Er, menus?’ At this cycle café, we were mentally willing the guy serving us to remember his lines. It’s a shame he didn’t, because everything else was spot-on.

The café’s basement workshop will serve refreshments with your repairs when it opens later in the spring, but for now, the cycling theme is purely cosmetic: bike hooks in the spacious entrance, framed Tour de France jerseys and dishes referencing legendary cycling routes. There’s takeaway Allpress coffee at the colour-blocked counter, a three-sided bar, and leather booths for sit-down meals.

The kitchen does thoughtfully enhanced versions of brunch faves: creamy, sticky ‘100-mile’ porridge packed with mashed banana, date syrup, crunchy seeds and a vanilla hit of cocoa nibs; avo and poached eggs on sourdough toast, lifted with a sprinkling of citrussy dukkah. Pizzas, too, are made with obvious care: my stelvio had a crisp, chewy, evenly browned base and high-quality toppings – smoked scamorza and sprigs of gloriously scented fresh oregano alongside courgette and mascarpone.

So the kitchen is a winner, and the space is smart – only diffident staff put a spoke in the wheel. Perhaps they can book a service at the workshop. 

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The Dynamo says
A hub for pizza, coffee and cycles.

The Dynamo is a café, pizza restaurant and a home for locals and cyclists in Putney. In the mornings you’ll find great coffee and awesome breakfasts, then in the evening and at lunch we serve wonderful wood-fired, sourdough pizzas.
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By: Nicola Arencibia

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Venue name: The Dynamo
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Address: 200-204 Putney Bridge Rd
London
SW15 2NA
Transport: Tube: Putney Bridge
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tastemaker

I like this place! It's super friendly and they do great coffees and lovely pizzas. It's slap bang between Wandsworth Park and Putney High Street. They accommodate dogs outside and it's a Cycle Café which means they've got on site mechanics and great hanging bike displays inside. Do it.


Nice staff, good food, GREAT coffee, open rustic-ish environment. Music is annoyingly loud - always. Unable to have conversation without yelling over the music and to be honest can't even hear myself thinking. If they fix this problem then they'll be golden. 

Tastemaker

The full stars are for the quality pizza and chill environment (then again we came on a Sunday afternoon so might be slammed earlier that day).

My husband ordered the ham special pizza of the day (a bit pricey around £11 for a pie) and I ordered the Stelvio (veg): mascarpone, courgette, garlic, smoked scamorza cheese, oregano for £8.5. It took a while for a waitress to come around to take out orders, even with the sparse people seated in the restaurant, which should have been an indicator how service was going to be.

The pizza came relatively quickly even though our soft drinks didn't. I found my pizza to be very good; good dough texture of firmness and chewiness and enough spread of toppings to please me although could have done some more dabs of the smoked cheese.

Service continued to be poor; we finished our pizzas and waited quite a while for a waitress to come take the dishes away. We actually had to flag someone down as it seemed no one would swing by.

I also ordered the superfood salad (white bean hummus, avo, quinoa, beetroot, charred corn and fennel slaw) for takeaway and devoured it later for dinner. The taste is phenomenal; rich, savoury tastes with all the combinations. On a down side, I actually had to order it twice it bc the first waitress forgot and there was a shift change.

When it came time to pay, we explained our service concerns to the manager and he apologized and gave us £10 off. A star just for that!


Wicked brunch, awesome coffee and the best sourdough pizza in LDN. Fact.


The pizza is great and it's gone from strength to strength. At first the service was a bit slow but they've sorted that out and now the service is much more knowledgable and helpful. It's a great little local .


Great pizza, great draught beer, great service. Cool cycling vibe and nice outside seating area.


Best coffee, best pizza and most certainly the best brunch in SW London. Great terrace seating and the only place where you can get your bike fixed while drinking a Bloody Mary.

tastemaker

Dynamo Cafe is an interesting new edition to Putney. Joining in with the current trend of having more than one function (Dynamo is both a brunch place, Pizza Kitchen and Bike Shop) it seems to slip seamlessly from one to another.


As you walk in it has a lovely bike hanging rack, which adds a bit of atmosphere and this cycling theme continues throughout. There are plenty of bike jerseys, Tour de France posters and bits of bike dotted around.


We visited for brunch on a quiet Friday morning, it has a nice outdoor area away from the busy road, and plenty of space indoors for seating.


We had the eggs & avocado which was delicious, however it was approximately 1/2 an Avocado with two eggs on one slice of toast for £8.00. They also had juices for around £5.00 which means that a meal for two here can quickly turn into £20.00 a head. There was lots of other good looking meals on the menu but these focused on the carnivores amongst us and they have not been creative for a Vegetarian / Vegan palate.


Although the food was nice I think this place need to reevaluate it's pricing or it's portion sizes if they want much repeat business, as there are other places of equal brilliance nearby which much more customer friendly prices.