Zealand Coffee – Roman Road, London

One of my favourite coffee shops EVER is Zealand on Roman Road, Bethnal Green.

I used to come here a lot a few years ago when my sister, who introduced me to Zealand, lived in Bethnal Green. I forgot how much I loved it!

Mr A. and I decided to take stroll and grab a coffee and bite to eat for breakfast (at 1pm ha)
The decision to go to Zealand was THE BEST DECISION WE MADE ALL WEEK.

This place is effortlessly cool, a little on the small side (not nice to sit outside when it’s cold!) and of course very rustic and healthy. The menu is so simple and the food is delicious – I do love a place with a small menu, always means that they can nail what they have on there!

We ordered two flat whites and had to sit outside for a bit while we waited for a comfy seat inside.

Coffee & menu

I went for the ‘brie, mixed leaves & caramelised onion granary s/w’ and of course, I added bacon – they had to put it on flat bread though as they had run out of granary (which totally made it better in my eyes!) Mr A. went for the ‘avo toast with chili flakes & lemon’ and also added bacon (I don’t like chili or flakes but I’ve been told this combo is one of the best known to man – and probably, if you have been to AUS or NZ,  you are  hooked anyway)

Avo

The staff could do with being a little bit nicer but hey ho. Maybe it’s not cool to be nice?!

Of course we finished it off with cake and of course it was a flour less chocolate & orange cake BUT IT WAS SO DARN TASTY.

£19 for all of that and a fresh mint tea…not the cheapest but a definite must visit.


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Marvelous Mezze, Bethnal Green, London

WHEN: 21/03/14
WHERE:Mezze Barbeque Restaurant, 150 Roman Road, Bethnal Green, E2 0RY
WHY: We, a group of hungry locals, wanted some good food.

Since moving East, there has been a Lebanese food shaped hole in my life, so naturally I was thrilled when my friends suggested we go to Mezze on Roman Road. I had actually already been to this place a couple of years ago but totally forgot. I was excited to go back and actually remember what I had eaten…

The restaurant décor/space itself is nothing special, it actually looks like a low brow (can you say ‘low brow’!?) café but the staff are LOVELY…we had a great Geordie girl who was not afraid to crack some (average) jokes.

It is also Bring Your Own Booze which is amazing.

Menu and BYOB

WHAT DID WE ORDER?
Starters..Halloumi Wrap, Hummous and the Mized Meza platter
Mains…Lamb Pide (pronounced pi day) and Mixed Meza Grill.

Bread And Starter

The Halloumi wraps were amazing…they were almost a meal (well, lunch) in themselves. In my beloved Tooting Bec Meza, the wraps are literally melted Halloumi in pitabread but here, they are so much more – you get salad, dressing, the lot. The Mixed Meza platter was also great, there were some creepy beans on there that we were not sure of but with the gorgeous fresh bread they bring over with it really makes it a winner.

Pide and Meat

For mains we went for a Lamb Pide and a Mixed Grill. In hindsight, we could have ordered an extra dish. What we did order though was bloody great. The Pide is really special – the waitress described it as “Lebanese pizza shaped like a small canoe”
The meat here is beautifully cooked and well seasoned.

Overall, the restaurant and food do feel very authentic. The staff and great and we had a lovely, lovely time. Also…the food came to a total of £10.50 EACH! £10.50!

We were all extremely full after our great meal smugly headed off to a local pub (The Victoria on Grove Road, in case you wondered)

Here, you can see us being happy, full people…

HAPPY