Dido, Highbury Park, N4

Visited: Wednesday 9th June 2010

Interior: Dido’s a typical small shopfront sandwich bar – 4 tables crammed in front of the window counter displaying fillings galore. Order before you sit down. As befits such a leafy area, the atmosphere was ‘floorboards’ rather than ‘plastic’ and the welcome also very friendly. The clientele was mixed and included a yummy daddy looking extremely pleased with himself.

Food: Dido has a turkish take on caff food – halloumi and falafel are offered as well as the usual fillings and breakfast is really at the continental end of things. I had an extremely nice – if salty – roasted veg and sun dried tomato toasty. I’d asked for granary and was expecting flaccid supermarket brown, but instead got a lovely turkish cereal flatbread. One of my neighbours was having greek salad for breakfast (no insistence on Eurovision nomenclature here) which indicates a nice flexible approach to service. It would have been nice if they’d gone a bit more one way or the other – full English on the one hand (although there are two genuine greasy spoons on highbury park, to one of which I’d have gone were I not feeling virtuous), or muesli and juices on the other, but what was available was good quality.

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