Heading out for brunch this morning with a friend, I was suddenly overcome with dread: not another full English please! For years, I have scoured the city’s suburbs searching for a cafe that serves a more exciting alternative, and until now, my cravings have been insatiable.
Whilst en route to The Other Place Bisto, stumbling upon The Interesting Eating Company was the best blunder I have made in a long time; with a menu catering to coeliacs as well as vegetarians, this cafe truly embodies the idea that ‘everyone is welcome’.
As with most eateries on Allerton Road, there is a truly family friendly atmosphere, and the staff are both polite and efficient. Babies and toddlers are more than welcome, whilst adults eating out can also enjoy a pleasant and laid back vibe.
For some meat eaters and fussy foodies, the cafe’s ambitious statement
“We are passionate about good food, freshly created by our team who just love food. We source our products from like-minded, creative food and drink creators, so that our customers can enjoy great food and drinks that are just bursting with great flavours.”
could be off-putting, as the desire to cater to all with such quality seems outlandish. But once you step inside the tardis-like bright and modern cafe (which looks misleadingly small from the street outside) and see the scrumptious menu on offer, any opinion would be swiftly swayed. Now, I have always been a cynic when it comes to restaurants with large menus, but I sincerely believe that TIEC really does deliver on every dish.
Spoilt for choice doesn’t begin to cover it: from breakfasts and bagels, to soups, sandwiches, jacket potatoes, cakes, salads and finally their ‘signature pancakes’ with a range of sweet and savoury fillings available, the range of food on offer is astounding. On top of this, the cafe offers a huge selection of drinks, including fresh fruit juices, smoothies, milkshakes, a full coffee menu and a huge range of teas, including the more obscure fruit and roobios varieties.
After some careful deliberation, I decided upon Natasha’s Strawberry and Banana Pancakes with maple syrup (£4.97 plus an extra 50p to for thick, American style pancakes) with a juice, and my friend ordered Eggs Benedict with Ham on a toasted Bagel (£5.27).
My pancakes arrived quickly, stacked taller than I expected, with layers of fresh fruit between them, and a small jug of syrup to drizzle to my hearts content. The pancakes themselves were spongy and sweet, and the fruit was juicy and remarkably fresh for this time of year.
My friend’s brunch was equally satisfying, with ‘the best Hollandaise sauce’ she’d ever tasted atop two beautifully poached eggs on a toasted bagel, and a crispy side salad with a vinaigrette dressing. All in all a fantastically satisfying brunch, and so much else to choose from that I would gladly return for breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea!
The Interesting Eating Company also has a specials board which is regularly updated, and offers the option for food to be taken away too. They also cater for business and parties, as well as offering the intriguingly titled ‘Pancake Party’.
Whether you’re dying for a coffee and cake combo or have a hankering for something more savoury this is surely the place to come, whatever the time of day.