Shakshuka at Cafe Loren
I love a full English breakfast as much as the next Brit. Pile my plate high with bacon, beans, eggs and sausage and I’m a happy morning bunny. However, there are times when I just fancy a little summin summin different and on these occasions, I love me some shakshuka.
For those who aren’t familiar with this BLOOMING DELICIOUS Middle Eastern breakfast beast, it is softly poached eggs in a spicy tomato sauce, usually mopped up with challah bread. I recently popped along to Cafe Loren in Camden, who specialise in shakshuka to see what they had to offer.
Hidden within Camden Market, Cafe Loren is one of the cutest wee eateries I’ve had the pleasure of eating in. An open air bar area fronts the place for those who want to grab a coffee and a bite to eat and go, all decorated with the chalked graffiti of satisfied customers. And just get a load of those rainbow bagels!
We took a seat within the indoor area and slurped down some strong coffee and freshly squeezed juices whilst we perused the menu.
At first I was a bit perplexed as to how a cafe could market itself on being a Shakshuka joint- surely it’s just the one recipe? BUT OH MUMMA I was wrong. Cafe Loren have a whole range of different styles and flavours for their Shak, leaving no palate unsatisfied. We opted to do a bit of sharing so went to TOWN on the order. First up was the Spicy One:
Wouldja look at that beauty! Eggs with chill, red bell peppers, tomatoes, ginger, garlic, paprika and harissa with creamy hummus on the side. Definitely one to get your nose running!
We also ordered The Trio, which is a superb option if you want to try a little of everything. For £16.50, you get 3 bowls of different shakshukas, the red, the white and the green, along with salad and bread.
K lemme explain: Red- roasted red peppers, onion, garlic, harissa and tomatoes. Your CLASSIC Shak. White- onions, mushrooms, feta cheese, cream cheese, and nutmeg. That’s a lot of good ingredients in one bowl. Green- spinach, leeks, green peppers, avocado, pesto and cream. YYYAAAAAAAASSSSSSSSSSS. And of course, a chunky fresh salad, giving everything a lovely crunch to boot.
We dipped into our bowls with hunks of fluffy, pillowy bread, and topped the whole shebang off with a Mediterranean platter, which came complete with salty olives, fresh tomatoes, more of that top-drawer hummus and the most BANGING CHEESE PASTRIES I e’er did taste!
And hand on heart, it was all absolutely gorgeous. The kitchen is open to the cafe so you can see your eggs being poached fresh, and each of the different Shaks was individual, moreish and perfectly seasoned. Though we were fit to burst, we still found room to round off proceedings with a tall iced latte and a nibble of something sweet!
Cafe Loren is a real hidden gem in the madness of Camden Market. Find it, love it, go again. And again. And AGAIN! And take me with you?
We were guests of Cafe Loren but all opinions and Shakshuka based fangirling my own!