Friday, 28 March 2014

Week beginning March 31st - April Fools and London Coffee Festival

This week we celebrate not one but two events, the first is an informal holiday, April Fools day. The second is the London Coffee Festival, which gets bigger every year and is very relevant to Kaffeine. We have a couple of items on the menu that represent both festivities. 

First is a salad made with spaghetti plant, this of coarse doesn’t really exist. I got the idea from a prank the BBC pulled in 1953. The BBC prank viewers with a news item called the Swiss Spaghetti Harvest, where they broadcast a fake film of Swiss farmers picking freshly grown spaghetti. The BBC were later flooded with requests to purchase a spaghetti plant, forcing them to declare the video as a prank on the news the next day. In honour of this prank we are serving very thin long strands of cucumber tossed in a pesto dressing and garnished with foraged ramsons. This salad looks identical to pasta, minus all the carbs. 

To celebrate the coming the Coffee Festival this weekend we will be serving a delicious beef soup cooked in coffee. The coffee gives the beef an ultimate savoury flavour likened to marmite and French onion soup; it really is amazing and will keep you alert for hours. 

We also welcome the return of alexanders, which is an old world vegetable and has been forgotten in the last century. These herby green stem taste like a cross of parsley and celery and when cooked takes on a more earthy asparagus flavour. These greens are often mistaken for deadly hemlock, which is probably why we don’t see it on many dinner plates these days. But if you know what to look out for they truly are lovely and the best part is they grow in abundance throughout the UK. You will find the alexanders during lunchtime baked in a quiche with gorgonzola.

So don't be a fool and eat an average lunch, come in and eat some clever food, supplied by us.

Jared Bryant
Lead Chef

Traditional bircher muesli with rhubarb and raspberry compote 3.60
Granola muesli with pomegranate molasses and rhubarb and raspberry compote 3.60
Fruit salad (pineapple, mango, strawberries, grapes, passion fruit) 3.70
Ciabatta roll with omelette, pancetta, rocket and tomato salsa 4.90
Ciabatta roll with courgette omelette, rocket and tomato salsa 4.90
Croissant with Italian roast ham, talleggio cheese, spinach & plum tomatoes 4.90
Seven seed bakery bloomer toast with home made preserves 1.90
Pumpkin seed and apricot fruit toast 2.40
Banana bread 2.40
Porridge with choices of cinnamon, dried fruit, chopped nuts, honey, golden syrup or compote 3.00

Pastries by Seven Seed bakery
French butter croissant 1.90
Pain au chocolat 2.50
Almond croissant 2.80

Baked Treats
Sweet Muffin:Red plum and ginger 2.40
Savoury Scone: Asparagus, mustard and Gruyère 2.40
Yarrow and blood orange friands 2.40
Super moist chocolate brownies 2.40
White chocolate blondies 2.40
Portuguese tarts 2.00
ANZAC cookies 2.00
Afgan Biscuits 2.00

Soup: 4.50
Coffee and beef with semolina bread

French retro baguettes 5.00
Ham, gherkin, red onion, Gruyère, dijon and rocket
Roasted red peppers, courgette, red onion, olive tepenade and spinach.

Foccacias 5.30
Pancetta, baked apple, brie, aioli and spinach
Mushrooms, fennel, mustard cheese sauce and rocket

Salads: 5.50/6.90
Citrus prawns with paprika purple sprouting broccoli, Darwin's barberry and coriander mayonnaise
Pickled hispi cabbage with horseradish, juniper, caraway, mustard and ham
Spaghetti plant with a parsley pesto dressing and mini ramsons

Tart: 4.40 or 7.90 with salad
Roasted alexanders and blue cheese quiche.

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