Black Cat Cafe
100% Vegan Workers Cooperative
Specialising in what they describe as ‘scratch made comfort food’, the co-operative run Black Cat Café is an ever popular choice for those living in east London.
The community led space in a corner of Hackney has long wooden sharing tables and a hessian covered bench running below the large front window (so far, so vegan). Black Cat Café does well what so many high street restaurants don’t – they make decent food without scrimping on the portion. The menu varies from seitan burgers to chickpea tuna subs with a different brunch menu at the weekend, and every day there is a selection of salads for those who are able to order leaves in the face of carbs. We visited on a Saturday and the place was brimming with cool cats. Their killer Black Cat fry up of mushrooms, potatoes, beans, soysage and fakin’ comes with either bread or a pancake on the side. A pancake with what is essentially a full English brekkie felt novel and strangely worked. The Healthy One salad comes with cous cous, coleslaw, regular hummus, red lentil and pesto hummus and mozzarisella and is deliciously filling.
Drink wise they have a great selection of coffee, tea and cold juices alongside a comprehensive list of mylkshakes to pick from, and if you have a weakness for peanut butter and chocolate together then you’ve come to the right place. Lined up on the bar is a selection of cakes, pastries and Vego bars (cheapest in London apparently!) and the walls are covered in both beautifully screen printed posters proclaiming their vegan goods and also a photographic exhibition by Lauren Rattigan showcasing portraits of ‘Strong Modern Vegans’ who all happen to live locally. Black Cat Café may be small and independent but its heart is enormous.