Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Le Top Cafe

I've been seeking out and visiting new greasy spoons on a fairly regular basis for the last few months, the only reason I haven't mentioned any of them is that none have been that great. Thinking back I should probably have given H's Cafe on Blackshaw Road in Tooting a write up, it was perfect as far as layout and decor go, and with a nice relaxing view of a graveyard - but the chips were a bit dry. With hindsight though I'd say it's a safe bet that I'll be popping in again whenever I'm over that way.

Anyway, my cafe dry spell well and truly came to an end today with a visit to The (or Le) Top Cafe on Richmond Road (on the run up to Richmond Bridge on the Middlesex side). I've been passing the place for years but never had the time to stop in the morning and it was always shut by the time I was heading back.

Above, my standard sausage, egg and chips - at first glance the chips look a bit soggy perhaps and they've done that weird sausage slicing thing. It was however extremely tasty.

As well as serving great grub it's a lovely, unspoiled cafe environment - lots of potted plants and walls adorned with an eclectic selection of pictures in rickety frames. Also, though I was in a hurry today, I'd imagine it's better than your average cafe for people watching, having a longer front along the pavement than other similar establishments.

7 comments:

  1. That looks good. Never understood the sausage slicing thing. You must need to do a lot of exercise Artog to keep the pounds off after eating that kind of stuff regularly

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  2. Er, yes, well...now you mention it I've been meaning to renew my swimming card for a few weeks actually.

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  3. I must have asked already - but have you tried Pellici's in Bethnal Green? It's my fave fry up venue

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  4. It's definitely on the list Mondo, but I struggle to make it that far east. I never get past Brick Lane.

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  5. This is my favourite spoon at the moment. Situated on Platform 1 at Malton station, The Whistlestop is an ideal caff to grab a bite before making the short journey to York. I went in yesterday for my usual egg, chips and beans, heavy on the bread. A cracking establishment that won't be bothering Mr Michelin anytime soon.

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  6. That is unusual, a railway caff that does proper sit down meals with chips and everything. They only seem to do muffins and coffee down here.

    I'm due to be going to the seaside soon and Whitby is a serious contender. Malton would be en route. Are the sausages any good?

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  7. If you go to Whitby give me a shout - it's just up the road. The sauasges in Malton are OK: The Whistlestop is cheap and it's cheerful and has absolutely no frills; the Ryan Air of spoons, if you will. By the time you've paid laddo at the counter, grabbed your cutlery and stirred your tea, your meal has been plated up and brought to your table! Fast food doesn't even come close.

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