Hot off the heels of London’s first cereal café, the capital has another quirky new breakfast spot – the Porridge Café in Shoreditch (naturally). We went to the launch to see whether porridge really could be made interesting…
The brainchild of two young foodies Nik and Elly, also founders of Bow Street Kitchen, the pair decided to embark on this oaty venture after a trip to Scandinavia, where they discovered quite how versatile porridge is as an ingredient.
“We’ve made lots and lots and lots of Porridge. You would think we were sick of the stuff but the different varieties and incarnations are endless. We love how versatile it is and hope we can make people realise that Porridge can be so much more than Oats and water,” the pair said.
The cafe actually serves 11 grains – from spelt to rolled oats – and both sweet and savoury dishes, ranging from parsley, aubergine and caper risotto (light and full of flavour) to apple, vanilla and hazelnut rolled oats (tasty, but given a choice with this and another dessert, I’m not sure porridge would win). Our favourite? The very moreish chorizo, roasted pepper and barley recipe, which was packed with flavour .
Just like Goldilocks’ quest for the best bowl of porridge, there really is something for everyone!
Check it out at 70 Paul Street, London, EC2A 4NA or visit www.porridgecafe.com.