I was introduced to this quirky cafe by my cousin, who lives in Dalston and has a sixth sense for undiscovered gems when it comes to culture and eating out (she also introduced me to an amazing Turkish food chain called Tas, with baklava to die for). We headed over to the brilliantly-named Tina, We Salute You, for a seriously good coffee and some breakfast, and weren’t disappointed.
Even if the menu wasn’t worth talking about, you can hardly miss the unusual decor – I’ve never seen so many noses in my life, let alone mounted on a wall – as the cafe hosts art exhibitions which change every eight weeks. This means you never know what you’re going to find on the walls, which makes a change from the enforced kookiness of the artwork in Starbucks or Costa.
I went for porridge with bananas and cinnamon, which was much-needed as I was coming to the end of a stint at London Fashion Week and was absolutely knackered. As for the coffee? I chose a Gibraltar, which I’ve never found anywhere else but, according to the infinite wisdom of Google, originated in California a few years ago and is named after a brand of glass tumblers rather than an exotic ingredient. It’s something between a macchiato and a latte, with a real kick, and it goes down a treat. At £2.00, you can’t argue with the price either.
The next time you’re in the neighbourhood, pop in and stretch across one of the leather sofas with a good book. If you need a loftier seal of approval, the New York Times featured it in a coffee shop round-up, whilst fashion designer Christopher Kane (recently pipped to the post of Creative Director at Balenciaga by Alexander Wang) recommends the banana cake.
47 King Henry’s Walk, London, N1 4NH