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The Dynamo

Restaurants, Cafés Putney
3 out of 5 stars

Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

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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. 

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.

By: Nicola Arencibia



Address: 200-204 Putney Bridge Rd
SW15 2NA
Transport: Tube: Putney Bridge
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