It was a rainy, miserable excuse for a Saturday and I wasn’t feeling my best. Instead of sitting around with a little sad face, I decided to do a nice big vegan eat to cheer me up.
I consulted my loooooooong list of places to check out and settled on the comforting, home cooked offerings of the Black Cat Cafe in Hackney.
The cafe is homely, non-profit and run by volunteers, just the kinda thing to give you all the feels when you’re down. Surprisingly, I managed to get a table right away – top tip : it pays to go a little earlier on a Saturday!
The menu is ever changing and displayed on a chalkboard behind the counter. I’m terrible when it comes to making snap decisions and, in honesty, I wanted to put the whole menu into my face. Sensing my fear and desperation, the girl serving recommended the burger which I happily went with.
A moment of terror hit when I realised that I couldn’t see booze and had to settle for a no fun fizzy – I later discovered that it’s actually BYOB!
While at the counter, I couldn’t help but let my eyes wander over to the cakey goodness on display. You do like to entice me you naughty little Black Cat you! I scored myself a little blueberry topped chocolate cake.
I took a seat and, as I waited, the guy beside me was served an insanely tasty looking lasagne. The food envy was great. I was seriously about a second away from committing a pasta-ry theft crime when my burger arrived…
For those of you who love a big portion, this one was HUGE. If I remember, the whole thing cost around £7 so fantastic value for money! A detail often over looked in a good vegan burger is the bun and I loved the brioche style. The burger itself was a seitan style patty, hearty, super bitey and very tasty.
The wedges were fat, perfectly cooked and filled my little belly with warm happy potatoey satisfaction.
I was so full after the main that I had no room for my cheeky little cake. Fear not, he was cheerfully consumed with a coffee later on.
I had embarked upon a forage for comfort and the food at the Black Cat cafe was the edible equivalent of a giant embrace from a friendly bear. Just be sure to bring a bottle if you’re a naughty little booze hound like me!
Official DV Rating: 4 out of 5 Aubergines
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