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S&M Cafe - veg style


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S&M Cafe - veg style

minyming | Sep 22, 2007 05:27 AM

Ever since being acquainted with bubble and squeak at a breakfast stall in borough market, I've wanted more of it, but it's not a standard offering at most breakfast places I've been to. Which is why, in addition to the provocative name, the S&M Cafe (sausage and mash) has been on my to-eat list, and I finally crossed it off this morning. The location off of Essex Rd has a lovely homey diner feel inside, and the outdoor seats have warm air blowing on your feet, which is perfect for taking the chill away if you happen to be walking in sandals on a nippy day as I was. I ordered breakfast that included bubble and squeak mash, vegetarian sausage, and toast. I was a bit disappointed that the bubble and squeak was not fried, but perhaps I was just naive of the subtle distinction in name, and, sigh, it's healthier anyway. The other surprise was the vegetarian sausage. It was grainy, with a texture that I finally identified as falafel-like, but just seasoned with a different set of spices; a nice break from the meat-mimicking chewiness of Quorn sausages (which I fully endorse in their own right). And a final note, the toast was from a proper loaf of white bread with a soft light center, rather than a square brick. Two thumbs up.

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