SWEET SAVOURY THINGS
Bex Salmon gets stuck in to a seriously good brunch
I had the great fortune of enjoying an audience with owner and food passionista Natalie at Sweet Things in the heady surrounds of trendy Primrose Hill.
First to arrive, I opted for an aperitif of superb hot chocolate with steaming hot soya milk, the sweetest thing I may ever have ingested. And I’m a hot chocolate junkie.
My three foodie friends arrived to join me. In true indecisive-because-we-want-everything style Natalie wisely suggested keeping we baying food hounds happy with her cherry-picked choices for our eager palates. While we waited we picked on Natalie’s ridiculously fabulous hand made granola. It paved the way for great good food anticipation in the gang.
The produced choices were thrilling. Shakshuka that ticked every box – well except the one that said are you happy to share. I wasn’t too keen on that but went with it. Presented beautifully with seasoned and spiced toms supporting perfect organic poached eggs. A true piece of art, edible art – we hastily took pictures and devoured. A little fork wrestling ensued but no one was injured.
The eggs royale, slathered in homemade hollandaise; organic salmon and eggs so deep orange they were that wait-for-it traffic light. Nobody was waiting and it was full forks ahead. More salmon with a subtle cream cheese in a super-fresh bagel with a drizzle of lemon and a flutter of black pepper, hello oh and gone. More taste heaven.
The pièce de la resistance (and frankly, resistance was futile) was the avocado, mashed on sourdough with roasted seeds and nuts, topped with crunchy, peppery rocket, accessorised with gorgeous poached eggs and slivers of well-grilled halloumi.
I blacked out after that. It was a food utopia – an unassuming little café with a supremely well-appointed menu, dishes crafted, decorated and delivered with love and kitchen skills we can only aspire to.
A counter of homemade cakes whispered to us gently but we will have to go back for those. Pacing our appetites was off the menu very early on.
We enjoyed a hearty brunch but there’s lunches too, superb coffee, a host of teas for all moods. Sweet things are abundant but so are savoury wonders and it’s-all-about-you attitude to service brings the regulars in again.
If you are heading to Primrose Hill, this bijou little slice of paradise is a must-visit – and if you’re out walking the dog rest assured, they too, are entirely welcome.
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