Railroad Café

120-122 Morning Lane , London, E9 6LH

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SquareMeal Review of Railroad Café

This sweet Morning Lane café-bar is lovingly run by Matthew Doran & Lizzie Parle (sister of chef & Daily Telegraph food writer, Stevie Parle). The pair share an infectious enthusiasm for great coffee (they brew Square Mile), great music & simple, naturally good food. House favourites are the unauthentic (& none the worse for it) Vietnamese banh mi, & breakfasts of fried eggs with sumac. On ambitious cooking days, you might even find bratwurst (made in-house) or salsiccia-stuffed quail. As the café is licensed, you can have an accompanying James Boag’s beer (from Tasmania) or glass of Viognier, too. The basement downstairs hosts live bands, readings & supper clubs.

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10.0

Food & Drink: 10.0

Service: 10.0

Atmosphere: 6.0

Value: 10.0

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 5.0

Ben H. 06 May 2014

The Railroad on Morning Lane isn't going to be somewhere you stumble upon, unless, that is, you have been bussed in for one of the other-worldly fashion tours taking in the Burberry or Aquascutum outlets slumming it with Tescos a few blocks away, or, maybe, you might be lost on some [fruitless] odyssey in search of an affordable pad in E8. Either way, if you do pass its unpromising corner defo pop in to see if they have a table. I went with my book-group of six ageing bibliophiles and we ended up leaving late, eating into valuable book discussion time and all because the food was soooo delicious. It's a small space with a limited menu, three starters and mains (one vegetarian on each) and a nice selection of wines. I had two course: pork-belly with a chickpea stew served with a salsa verde followed by some sort of almond and fruit tart. The pork-belly and its accompaniments was a knockout combination executed in a manner that would have left a Greg Wallace a gurning jumble of complimentary non-secuetors, loverrrly stuff – not that he'd come out this far. Attentive, intelligent and charming service left our group a satisfied lot. There are deals on two and three courses for £15 and £19 respectively. The other eaters gave thumbs up to the Onglet for mains and a flour-less chocolate tart. Best meal out for some time and worth getting on your bike or bussing to it. A negative: the unfortunate who picked the vegetarian main ( a curry and rice dish) said it was boring – I am betting they usually do better.

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