LONDON | Situated beneath The Dalston library is Cafe Route, a bustling Middle Eastern and European inspired café and deli. Husband and wife team Melek & Murat and their business partner/longtime school friend Mehmet, all share a passion for food, and are inspired by their local surroundings and diverse backgrounds. Expect fresh local produce every morning and afternoon with regulars spending the day noshing on homemade granola and daily specials while working on their computers as well as a busy weekend crowd going for their renowned Mediterranean Breakfast with mimosas and Apreol spritzes.
We recommend you indulge in their halloumi cheese filo pie served alongside fried eggs, chorizo, sautéed potatoes, mushrooms, and olives. The healthy deli-styled brunch menu is a massive win, while the charcoal grilled options that become available in the evenings are also well worth considering.
Coffee is from Monmouth and tea from Kandula. If it’s something boozy you’re after, the short wine list features a selection of old world wines from countries like France, Spain, Italy and Portugal, while a small selection of beer, cider and cocktails are also available.
If there’s something that particularly tickles your fancy, make sure to check out the deli counter before you leave, which features products from all regions of the middle east and Mediterranean, and represent ingredients used in the cafe menus. Think canned olives, tinned sardines, dried pasta and the like.
Unit A, Gaumont Tower
London E8 3BQ
Telephone: 020 7249 6202
Mon – Fri: 7:00am to 10:30pm
Sat: 8:00am to 10:30pm
Sun: 8:00am to 9:00pm