London Velo

Supplying coffee and servicing bikes for the people of South East London.

A bike repair shop with a small cafe, London Velo can be found half way down Deptford High Street. With minimal decor, plant pots a plenty and small piles of cycling books; this place is on a slightly different page to the other cafes in Deptford.  

We spent a few hours enjoying their garden, filled with plants, cushions and pallet furniture. LV is a dog friendly venue too and with their own resident dog Maurice wandering around, there's a lot to love about this spot. 

London Velo also have their own onsite bike mechanic, making this place super popular with south London cyclists. Their menu is simple but tasty. We ordered one smoked salmon and cream cheese bagel (bagels imported all the way from Brick Lane) and a slice of sourdough topped with goats cheese, avocado and dates.    

Whether you've got wheels or not, if you find yourself in this part of London, it's definitely somewhere to check out.

www.ldnvelo.co.uk

18 Deptford High Street, Deptford, Lewisham SE8 4AF

 

Tanner and Co.

Contemporary twists on classic dishes at this London lunch spot.

Bermondsey Street is on the radar of every London foodie, with a range of restaurants, bars, pubs and cafes to satisfy even the fussiest eater. Hard to miss with outdoor wooden decking, suspended lights and a palpable atmosphere, Tanner and Co. is impossible to resist on a sunny day.

Tanner and Co. list all your typical pub grub on their menu and cook this up to a heavenly high standard. Little plates include The Scotch Egg, which comes with a perfect liquid yolk and their Rhubarb Pancakes which are served with a light lemon crème fraîche. With big appetites, we skipped the little plates and looked at the larger main dishes, ordering one Sunday Roast Chicken and one Grilled Chicken Pimp My Salad.  

Definitely larger plates, the Sunday Roast was a whole spatchcock chicken and a separate serving of honey roast carrots, seasoned cabbage, roast potatoes and a Yorkshire Pudding. 

The Pimp My Salad! was equally generous, with huge strips of grilled honey and mustard chicken layered over avocado, pumpkin and rocket. Still hungry, we tried a Banoffee Sundae - which predictably defeated the two of us. Toffee sauce, banana, ice cream, popcorn and chocolate honeycomb - there was a bit of everything in this monster dessert.  

With full stomachs and our fix of sunshine, we loved our trip to Tanner and Co. If you're on the hunt for an awesome outdoor space and seriously upgraded pub style food, book yourself a table now.


www.tannerandco.co.uk

Tanner and Co., 50 Bermondsey Street, London SE1 3UD

 

Pedler

Simple food beautifully executed at Peckham's Pedler.

Pedler sees European tastes served in a beautifully mismatched way. With one of our dishes served on a commemorative Charles and Diana plate, it's fair to say that this place boasts a style as intriguing as its menu. 

We started our visit to Pedler with a Little Bird Gin and Tonic, which came topped with a slice of pink grapefruit. Delicate and smooth, it was the perfect appetiser. If you're feeling experimental, the list of cocktails and wines are really exciting, with unusual ingredients and combinations, like the Peter Piper, which combines gin, aperol and yellow chartreuse with pickled yellow bell peppers. 

The biggest hit of the evening was a small plate of charred cauliflower which was served with a fragrant, curried sauce, pomegranate seeds and coriander. A tough act to follow, we tried the Caesar, essentially hollow potato skins loaded with crispy bacon, parmesan, cos lettuce and a drizzle of caesar dressing. Slightly heavier than the cauliflower, but still lip smackingly tasty. We finished the meal with a fish dish: turbot, cucumber, kale and lemon. Light and fresh, this was the perfect note to end on. 

Alterations to the menu at Pedler happen on a daily basis, giving you 101 reasons to check it out and to head back again. We would recommend trying this spot if you fancy good, simple food that's well curated and executed. 


www.pedlerpeckhamrye.com

Pedler, 58 Peckham Rye, London SE15 4JR

 

The Modern Pantry

Bellinis and Brunch at The Modern Pantry.

Just a short walk from Farringdon tube station you'll find a charming space to eat with exciting twists on your typical brunch. The Modern Pantry doesn't have much avocado on offer, instead you'll find deliciously clean brunch dishes, experimental snacks and small plates of fruits, grains and yoghurts. 

Whether you're a fried, poached or scrambled kinda person, there's a few accompaniments you might want to pick from. We tried one lot of poached eggs, with grilled chorizo, slow-roasted tomatoes and plantain fritters and another with fried halloumi and wilted spinach.

Perfectly soft, runny eggs were delicious with the salty halloumi and the garlicky roasted toms. We also ordered two poached eggs with a tea smoked salmon fillet balanced on top. Served on english muffins, yuzu hollandaise and hazelnut and macadamia dukkah, these aren't your typical eggs benny. If that's not got you salivating, you've also got the choice of beetroot fitters with ricotta or salmon sashimi with black sesame dressing on the weekend menu.      

If you're up to the challenge, bottomless brunch is priced at £18 and there are some gorgeous drinks on offer. We had a spicy Bloody Mary and a couple of light, summery Lychee, Raspberry and Rose bellinis. If you're having a healthier weekend, there's plenty of liquid goodness on the menu too. Check out the smoothie of the day or try their passion fruit, turmeric, banana and honey smoothie instead.  

www.themodernpantry.co.uk

47-48 St John's Square, Clerkenwell, London EC1V 4JJ

 

Meat & Bread

Serious meat sandwiches. Simple.

A trip to Vancouver's Gastown is not complete without a sandwich from Meat & Bread. These guys focus on two things and two things only - meat and bread. If the minimalist signage doesn't entice you to step inside and find out more, then the smell of roasted meat wafting out of the door will. 

As you enter this industrial-feel sandwich haven, you'll see exposed brick walls, hanging light fixtures and a leather boxing bag swaying near the back. Within seconds, your eyes will quickly fixate on the roasted pork under the chef's knife - and you'll forget to even look at the menu. This roasted pork makes Meat & Bread's signature sandwich - the Porchetta. Freshly made bread (still warm from the oven) is stuffed with a sizeable amount of juicy pork, crispy crackling, herby salsa verde, complete with a squeeze of mustard. Made as you pay means that you'll have one of these bad boys in seconds. Other sandwich options include a daily special, meatball or a good ol' grilled cheese. And if you can't get enough of their sauces, you can buy some sambal, salt rub or mustard to take home.

Beer, wine and soda are also available. And it's good to know that they stock 33 Acres West Coast Pale Ale - one of our favourite craft beers from Vancouver.

www.meatandbread.ca

370 Cambie Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6B 2N3

 

Le Bab

The humble kebab gets a serious upgrade at Le Bab.

Declaring themselves a ‘kebab renaissance project’, Le Bab was conjured up by two lads who met and University and shared a ‘mutual fascination with the ancient gastronomy of kebabs’. Refreshingly different in their approach, Le Bab take the traditional, Middle Eastern kebab and transform it by using high quality produce and a mix of deep, seasonal flavours.

All the meat is cooked on a wood and charcoal fired robata, giving it a smokey taste and the other elements to each dish have been carefully considered, creating a delicate, moreish combination. We tried the Pork Shawarma, which was topped with grilled spring onion, roasted white broccoli puree, fennel pickle, small chunks of salty crackling and chermoula mayo. All wrapped in a flatbread, this mixture of earthy and sweet flavours was delicious. We also tried a corn fed chicken shish, with garlicky toum, honey and jersey royal crisps.

No trip to Le Bab would be complete without a portion of their famous Fondue Fries, an upmarket version of cheesy chips. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can order a pig’s head for £36 which comes with some of that amazing crackling.

You can find Le Bab on the very highest level of Kingly Court, Soho. It Does get busy pretty quickly so it's definitely worth booking.

www.eatlebab.com

2nd Floor, Kingly Court, Carnaby Street, Soho, London, W1B 5PW

 

Doughboys Doughnuts

Happiness in circular dough form in the heart of Melbourne's CBD.

Among skyscrapers and business suits, you’ll find a small shop serving happiness in circular dough form – often with sprinkles on top. Doughboys Doughnuts brings a little life to Melbourne’s CBD with a variety of creative doughnut flavours to try, as well as coffee (of course).

The space was created primarily with doughnut production in mind. From the rolling to the baking to the dipping, you can see it all - whether you're inside waiting for your doughnut or walking past glancing through the window. That being said, the place is pretty small with limited seating and has more of a grab-and-go feel to it. Check out those checkered floor tiles though...

The doughnuts are delicately soft, pack a lot of flavour and end with a sweet finish. Our top picks are blueberry coulis, apple spiced cider, almond butter and original glazed. If you’re really going for it, sit in and grab the affogato - enjoy the hot-cold sensory combination of espresso poured over Messina ice cream and a sugar donut.

And don't worry if you can't get to Doughboy's CBD store as they deliver their goods to a number of Melbourne cafes.

Get your afternoon delight at Doughboys Doughnuts.

www.doughboysdoughnuts.com.au

535 Bourke Street, Melbourne, Victoria, 3000

 

Earnest Ice Cream

Seriously good ice cream in scoop or pint form.

Ice cream is no longer just for kids. Earnest Ice Cream is showing us just this. And so is the queue out of the door.

Like the name suggests, these guys are serious about their ice cream. Walk into their exposed brick wall space with high ceilings and big windows and choose wisely from the chalkboard menu. Earnest always has a variety of classic flavours on offer (Whiskey Hazelnut, Tahitian Vanilla and Matchstick Espresso Flake) but their focus on small batch is where it's at. This is where the guys get experimental with their ingredients and create rotating, seasonal flavours as well as any specials they think to conjure up. Toasted Marshmallow, Rhubarb Oat Crumble, Blueberry Lavender, Pumpkin Pie and Spruce Bud are just some of the options to whet your appetite. Or maybe beer-infused ice cream is your thing, then we'd suggest the 33 Acres of Malt made with the help of 33 Acres Brewing Company.

And it's not just ice cream that Earnest dreams about all day, their commitment to the environment also plays a huge role in how they do business. Ingredients are sourced from nearby local vendors (think juicy sour cherries from the Okanagan, bittersweet cranberries from Pitt Meadows and coffee from Matchstick Coffee Roasters in Vancouver) and their cute little takeaway ice cream pints are packaged in returnable and reusable glass jars.

Grab a scoop at one of their locations or pick up a pint at one of these independent shops.

www.earnesticecream.com

1829 Quebec Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, V5T 4S6

 

Bully's Bakery

Sugar fix sorted with homemade cakes and pastries.

With minimal décor, espresso good enough to please any coffee connoisseur and delicious home-baked cakes and pastries, Bully’s is a great place to chill out and soak up the atmosphere in South Berlin. 

You can choose from croissants, muffins and cakes and although the croissants are rumoured to be some of the best in Berlin, we’ve also heard good things about their cakes. We opted for one slice of their chocolate cake and one of the Apple New York Cheesecake. 

Their chocolate cake is super soft and delicately balanced by dollops of vanilla cream and a sprinkle of pistachio crunch. If you like your cheesecake, a wedge of the Apple New York is a no brainer. Bully’s slather spiced apple on top of a thick layer of vanilla cheese which sits on a caramelised, crunchy base. 

If you’re in Berlin and you’re craving something sugary, get yourself over to Bully’s asap! 

www.facebook.com/Bullys-Bakery

Friedelstrasse 7, 12047, Berlin

 

Blu Top Ice Cream

Did someone say cookie ice cream sandwiches?

If you’ve got a sweet tooth there’s a small blue van that you need to know about. Supplying cookie ice cream sandwiches to the masses, Blu Top Ice Cream have some mind-blowing flavour combinations. If you’re indecisive, you might find picking your cookies, ice cream and toppings a struggle, but we didn’t have too much trouble.

This little blue van has one ice cream special a week and up to five of their classic flavours on offer. We thought we’d sandwich our vanilla ice cream between the brown butter chocolate chip cookies and top it off with a generous helping of speculoos crumb, a cinnamon and ginger cookie crumble mix.

We’re already planning our next trip and we’ve been eyeing up the Sea Monkey special (milk chocolate ice cream with ribbons of peanut butter, caramel and flakes of sea salt) and the Cop Car (white coffee ice cream packed full of glazed donut gravel pieces).

Don’t be fooled into thinking their classic flavours aren’t as exciting, with s’mores and cinnamon french toast on the menu, you can be forgiven for wanting more than one sandwich.

Find Blu Top at KERB, Kings Cross on a Thursday, KERB, West India Quay on a Friday and Druid Street Market on a Saturday.

www.blutopicecream.com