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Cafe Rendezvous, Highbury Park, N4

December 30, 2011

First visited January 2011. Last visited 30th December 2011.

Interior: A proper modern classic this one: shiny plastic tables and chairs with red leatherette trim, fake brickwork on the walls and bright, laminated menus. The welcome was so-so for me but extremely cordial for the many locals, so I’m guessing you have to earn it with regular visits.

Food: I had a really excellent vegetarian breakfast. Loads of mushrooms, a grilled tomato, fried egg, beans and lovely patty of bubble. In some ways it didn’t feel unhealthy enough but was very welcome given the hangover I was treating. Tea was on the milky side but strong enough that it stood up to it. And in a mug. I had two. Given the first one was included in the set breakfast price, a fiver seemed like a bargain.

Dido, Highbury Park, N4

June 9, 2010

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.