Jim’s Cafe on Chatsworth Road is always busy, whatever day of the week. I have been a few times and have had great experiences every single time.
The decor of the place is great. It has elements of a traditional greasy spoon. These features have been spruced up and given a modern edge. The front of the cafe is all wooden booths and diner tables. When you get to the back room it has exposed brick, chipped tiles and a feeling of being really open and bright, a little like being in a conservatory.
This time around, myself and a friend sat in the back room (a table away from Pixie Geldof, I don’t think I could have felt any more East London. We ordered latte’s and caught up.
Then it came to the main event. I have tried a few bits at Jim’s but what I ate was definitely my favourite. I had the scrambled egg with Gruyère and parmesan and mushrooms (which I had on the side)on sourdough toast. I had a side of sausage patty, which I couldn’t finish but it tasted AMAZING. The whole dish put a fancier spin on a traditional breakfast.
My friend had the sausage and tomato Benedict which was huge! We both didn’t quite finish our meals but both really enjoyed it. It is refreshing to see items on a brunch menu that are a little different to the norm. Despite the fact hat it was busy, we didn’t feel rushed so managed to catch up and not feel too guilty.
Jim’s is always the first place I recommend to people when they want brunch in East London. If you like little details, the pictures in the bathroom were from the original cafe itself!
I am that person who takes pictures of my food in restaurants. I love a good shot of a well made coffee. Bloggers do it, people who love Instagram do it and I think I found the perfect place to do it – Palm Vaults.
You have probably seen pictures of Palm Vaults, based on Mare Street in Hackney, without even realising. They are known for their pink decor, Miami based decor and rainbow lattes. I didn’t fancy a rose, velvet, matcha or tumeric latte. Despite the idea of something colourful, I wanted a decent coffee that had actual coffee in.
We ordered a latte, a flat white and a chocolate and salted caramel brownie. The coffee was good but the brownie was incredible. Really tasty ! Andrew was fighting me for the last bite.
The decor is lovely, but not very well planned out. The chairs take up a lot of space and as it is nearly always full, you’ll find people standing and waiting for you to leave. Andrew was despairing over the amount of people taking pictures of the place rather than enjoying the coffee in front of them. There were girls swapping seats so they could all get the right angles.
I headed to the bathroom before we left and the decor didn’t disappoint. Palm tree wallpaper, a pink sink, massive mirror and Aesop hand wash. It was something out of Pinterest! The only downside is girls with big SLR cameras were trying to get in and shaking the door so they could take a picture. Not what you want when going for a wee!
Overall, I think Palm Vaults has a lot of promise. However, we went on a quiet Friday afternoon. I have walked past on a weekend and seen queues out of the door! I’d like to go and try brunch or breakfast (with a cheeky cake on the side too maybe) but I think I might leave that for an afternoon with the girls, who’ll appreciate the Instagram aesthetic!