Located just off Broadway Market, Café Cecilia is a trendy neighbourhood restaurant run by Max Rocha, who’s previous experience at The River Café, St John Bread & Wine and Spring has stood him in good stead for this east London venture. The restaurant is definitely a family affair though, with Max calling on the expertise of his sister, Simone Rocha, and father, who are both big-name designers, to decorate the space. John Rocha is responsible for the dining room’s design, while Simone ventured into men's wear to design the staff’s uniform. Needless to say, Café Cecilia is an achingly trendy place to eat.
The bright dining room is understated without feeling stark, designed to make the diner feel like they’re somewhere a little bit under the radar. There are artworks from friends and family throughout the space, while wine bottles sit proudly on display behind a grey marble counter.
The restaurant is open for breakfast lunch and dinner, although not every day of the week so do check current opening hours. Swing by in the morning for a pick-me-up of granola with poached rhubarb and yoghurt, or its famous bacon sandwich. Later on in the day, an a la carte menu of starters, mains and desserts takes its place. Here, you might be able to find sage and anchovy fritti, or a pork and apricot terrine to start. Followed by skate with spinach, brown butter and capers, or lamb leg with purple sprouting broccoli and anchovy sauce. Dishes are kept simple, and supremely fresh. For dessert, think chocolate and Guinness cake or deep-fried bread and butter pudding.
The wine list is an intriguing one with plenty of natural bottles on offer, as well as plenty of enticing cocktails.