Saturday mornings are made for my laundry, a bit of house cleaning and catching up on TV. Sometimes there is even room in there for nursing a hangover from hell. Prior to one of my visits to Matalan in Dalston, I needed to line my stomach for the ridiculous amount of time I spend in there, so it was time for some brunch. Rather than go for the never-ending supply of Turkish food cafes, I opted for this interestingly named establishment. I am sure there is a story behind the name, but who cares when its downright fab.
The team are casual, interesting, with have tattoos and colourful hair. A quick, easy and tasty food session was what I as was after so as I took my place on a stool, I opted for poached eggs on bread with avocado and smoked salmon. I was nursing a hangover, so there was the obligatory Bloody Mary. It had the right amount of strong alcohol, spiciness and smooth tomato.
There is nothing better than pinning your fork into a poached egg and watching the yellow ooze out onto the green avocado. Then there is the rich colour of salmon that added to this visual beauty, not unlike a picasso of food. Yep, it looked good, but the double lick was that it tasted fab too. The environment adds to this foodie experience with no nonsense decor, staff that talk openly about whatever and a poor maintenance man who was on the roof trying to scrape stuff off the glass sky light.
I loved it because this was not a pretentious “Shoreditch trendy” spot. It was real. It was also very comfortable, especially as a solo diner. Nobody cared, customers and staff alike carried on with there business which is good because it can be quite daunting being the table for one. Me, I have no shame and I don’t give a shit, but I could see why folk prefer not to dine out alone.
The food was a total 10 out of 10. The service was excellent in its rawness. The environment felt like home from home, in its truest sense. A big yes to the experience and I will definitely be back. Apparently it turns into a bar type vibe in the evening, may have to come check that out at some point.