Wednesday 04 July, 2012

Market Cafe – Hackney


I like everything about Market Cafe except for the type of food. It’s not bad, in fact the asparagus risotto I had was delicious. It’s just that I find it over-complicated, every option seemed well, a bit risky. I went with my mother who is pretty well versed in meat and she ordered pork chops which were cooked on the rare side. Apparently this is how they were meant to be cooked but she was finding it a bit unnerving and this isn’t what you want when you nip around the corner for some dinner. I think for a local restaurant and it is a local restaurant, as let’s face it, no one is going to travel far to eat here, I wish they stuck to comfort food – the sort of thing people want when they can’t be bothered to cook. That’s why the Italian place Bella Vita serving pizza and pasta is full every night. I love the space itself and they have done a great job decorating it. It’s a nice mixture of modern and retro, a look of which I’m a big fan. The food is Anglo-Italian themed with a changing menu of interesting dishes. The food probably is reasonably priced (they get their ingredients from excellent local suppliers such as the Ginger Pig butcher and the e5 Bakehouse), although I would probably go there every week if it was cheaper simpler food. It’s particularly popular as a bar and for breakfast as it’s got a great atmosphere with big windows letting in lots of light. So it has its good points and bad points. I thought the service was very good and they are very friendly but I’m not sure I would have dinner there again although I would definitely go for drinks and breakfast.

Market Cafe, 2 Broadway Market, London E8 4QG
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