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More of a daytime drop-in than a full-on restaurant, this soothing space on quiet Clerkenwell Close is what's modishly referred to as a ‘kitchen'. Limited weekday-only opening times suggest that it’s aimed primarily at locally based architects and media types, who regularly take advantage of the cafe’s neat wooden tables and sunny terrace out back. Shelves of cookbooks and a ‘homemade' ethos emphasise serious foodie intent, which shows in a modest daily roster of unintimidating lunch dishes such as watercress soup followed by char-grilled squid with roast potatoes, green beans and marjoram, plus poached pears and pannacotta for afters. Cakes, pastries and classic sandwiches on organic sourdough flesh out the offer, while drinks run from homemade lemonade to a fistful of wines. Note that the café is now open for supper on Thursdays.


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