Forever grateful to Instagram Queen Tsouni @yesitsallvegan (that’s her actual surname) for all of her amazing food recommendations.
Honestly, if you’re a Vegan with an Instagram account but don’t follow her then are you even a Vegan with an Instagram account? She is the greatest.
This weekend I visited Bodega 50 on Tsouni’s recommendation. It’s a small but perfectly formed veggie cafe on a leafy side street in Stoke Newington and they have the best green juice I’ve ever tried.
Me and Tom shared (we had a big food day ahead of us) the Tofu Mustard Toastie ~ firm smoked tofu, whole grain mustard, tomatoes and rocket served on perfectly toasted white bloomer bread.
Absolutely delicious! It’s the kind of toastie that’s pressed in a panini grill not just a regular toasted sandwich with toasted bread and cold insides. That’s an important distinction in the heady world of sandwiches.
There was a lot of choice on the menu, some of the other bits that stood out the most to me were:
SPICY BEETROOT TOASTIE
PEANUT BUTTER, BANANA, ALMOND SMOOTHIE
RED JUICE ~ beetroot, ginger, carrot, apple
I had the green juice ~ cucumber, apple, spinach, mint and lemon. It was divine and I now really want a juicer! Tom’s soy latte was damn fine as well.
Their cakes are Vegan too (although it was rather strange that they didn’t have labels/signs to let customers know!), supplied by Manna, and the sausage roll in the above pic is made from leeks & mushrooms.
The cafe itself is really cute, with a few tables inside and a couple outside; they also sell an array of groceries such as CLIF bars, crisps and freshly baked bread. We used to live just around the corner from here and I’m so gutted I didn’t know about it then as it would have definitely been a regular haunt for me; if only we were still local! We will definitely be going back though as it’s well worth the travel.
We walked there from Canonbury overground station and it took around 15 minutes. We stopped off en route at the greatest greengrocer in all of London to pick up some bits too. I’d highly recommend you take the same route and stock up on an avocado or two!
OPEN 7 days per week 8am – 6pm
50 Allen Road, Stoke Newington N16 8RZ