The Bonnington Cafe

Hello, how are you today?

I’m back to work, busy Saturday shift at the cafe, but I get to work with Amy so I’m happy. As I mentioned yesterday we went to Hyde Park to see Arcade Fire, seeing as the gates opened at 2.30pm we figured we’d get up to London early and get some food before hand. Gary’s sister had recommended a place called the Bonnington Cafe so we decided to check it out.

Turns out it’s a collective cafe (it originally started up as a squat cafe) with a different vegetarian cook every day, there’s always a vegan option and some days (like yesterday!) the menu is all vegan. I forgot to take a photo of the outside (so I took a screen shot from their website), and my photo of the menu corrupted but there is some good food porn coming up! To book a table you have to check out who is cooking that day on their website and call their mobile or email them personally.

Everyday there is a 3 course meal with usually 1 or 2 options, so while the variety isn’t huge it’s understandable as the food can’t really be carried over to the next day because there’s a new cook. The main courses yesterday were a brazilian palm heart pie and a brazilian bean stew. I went for the pie and I think the crust wins no.1 vegan pie crust I’ve ever eaten.

It was really delicious! The salads were pretty awesome too, the green salad was dressed with lemony oil and the pink one is beetroot, carrot and red cabbage. Honestly divine. I’d never eaten palm heart before, and I’m not sure I could really distinguish its flavour but the pie gets a big thumbs up from me!

Gary’s brother had the stew which he said was good, which is high praise indeed. Though I’m pretty sure he wished there had been meat on the plate I think he enjoyed it. I wish mine had come with some rice like the above, the pie was super amazing but without some carbs I was still pretty hungry.

The pudding choices were a pear and amaretto cheesecake or an apple (?) crumble. Both tasted great but I preferred the crumble (unfortunately not the one I chose!), the topping was crunchy and had some bits where it’d turned to chewy oaty toffee, just the way I like it! The cheesecake tasted good but I wasn’t 100% keen on the texture. It was pretty obvious that it was made with tofu, while I think tofu makes great puddings I don’t really want reminding that it’s what I’m eating. I think it would have been much better if they’d used silken tofu.

All in all I think the Bonnington cafe has a brilliant bohemian feel, great food and very reasonable prices. So a huge thank you Raffaele for a wonderful lunch. Now go ring a stranger, book a table and eat wonderful food.

Elise x