The cranes are rising and times in Tottenham are changing. Wander south from Tottenham Hale station and you might stumble upon Craving Coffee. A laid back, chic cafe located on an industrial estate (bringing a Hackney-esk vibe to the area). It’s a minimalist space with whitewashed walls and low-slung lighting.
By day they serve artisanal brunch and in the darker hours, they host foodie pop-ups. Nicknamed ‘Tottenham Social’, where street food traders take over their kitchen on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturday evenings. The emphasis here is on local produce, their coffee is from local roasters Climpsons & Sons, and beers from local brewer Beavertown.
A couple of weeks back my sister and I ventured to Craving Coffee one Friday night, when Japenese street-food vendors, Pochi, had taken over their kitchen for the weekend.
They specialise in bento-style dishes, all of which are served on a bed of rice, with a side of carrots, beans and pickles. We ordered the Sake Soboro, salmon cooked with mirin and soy sauce, and the Nasu Soboro, fried aubergine marinated in soy and vinegar. I am trying to get back on my meat intake (although failing miserably) so I was pleasantly surprised when I found out that I preferred to aubergine dish to the salmon – it was beautifully tender and silky, and the pickles really cut through the sweetness from the soy.
The best way to keep track of what street food pop-ups are on at Craving Coffee is to follow them on Twitter, @CravingCoffeeUK.
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Craving Coffee, Gaunson House, Markfield Rd, London N15 4QQ