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Despite being a sibling to the smarter, more established Manicomio next door, this funky little Italian café isn’t just an extension of the existing restaurant. It asserts its separate identity with a huge counter display of daytime bites and take-home pick-me-ups, which emphasises its more informal nature. Breakfast can be booked in advance, making it perfect for morning meetings. Food options cover the savoury to the sweet, including smoked salmon, buratta, onion, watercress and caper brioche and waffles with strawberries, granola and creme fraiche. Come the afternoon, there are some heartier options: seared yellow fin tuna with Sicillian caponata was fresh and filling, while the Parma ham, mozzarella and tomato panini was big on portion size and flavour. Don’t skip the homemade cakes though; go for the light and fluffy carrot cake or the deliciously rich cheesecake. Just because Manicomio Café is ideal for a quick foodie fix doesn’t mean you have to grab and go: its 30-seat conservatory and private alfresco terrace, plus its enticing wine list, will convince you to linger a while.
0207 730 3366
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