When I finally ventured out of my bed in the late hours of Tuesday morning after a 9 hour audition and a 3 hour rehearsal on Monday; my stomach rumbling and my brain knowing that all I had in the fridge was half a tuna pasta bake (apparently performing 8 shows a week is not condusive to regualar food shopping!) I decided to venture out for something brunch-y.
On my way to the theatre is a new independent cafe called “Tart” – I have walked past it several times over the past few weeks and I keep meaning to go in – this was my opportunity!
Everything about this cafe is charming. The way they serve their tea in a proper loose leaf tea pot and the milk in a tiny milk bottle, through to the food which is original and incredibly varied, not to mention very very tasty. They even have branded brown paper bags – cute or what?!? The staff are incredibly friendly and are happy to help with the tiniest detail.
It seems to me they have a stroke of genius on their hands – gorgeous concept, and the reality completely lives up to it – bravo! They’ve only been open a couple of months and already it seems they have it all worked out!
The menu has a huge variety, with an all day brunch as well as daytime food – which is priced in a very clever and simple way where you can pick a tart or a salad, or both, and it is priced in that manner.
They also seem to have a lot of options for people with specific dietary requirements, with lots of vegetarian and vegan options (not that these apply to me – I’m definitely a meat-eater – but for others!)
They also have a Bakery section of the menu with cake, pastries and sweet tarts (all of which appeal to me!)
My food was gorgeous – it arrived hot and my eggs were perfectly cooked.
The “Tart Benedict” is decribed as “soft poached eggs, Parma ham and hollandaise sauce” – what they fail to mention is the sheet of gorgeous freshly cooked puff pastry (instead of toast of a muffin – brilliant idea!), the gorgeous tomato salsa garnish and, in my eyes most importantly, the hollandaise is freshly home made – all in all, I was incredibly impressed.
The portion sizes are great – which was almost frustrating as after trying their brunch I wanted to try everything else too – I guess I will just have to come back very soon!
Anyone who read my blog post about feeling festive will know I am a huge advocate of independant stores and cafes – and this is just one of those hidden gems. Completely independent, friendly, incredibly high quality and really reasonably priced – I know where my brunch spot is going to be for the foreseeable future!
Address: 25 The Pavement, Clapham Common. Website: www.tartlondon.com