falafel salad bowl from Black Cat Café, Clapton

falafel salad bowl from Black Cat Café, Clapton

Have you ever wanted to eat healthily, on the cheap, and feel like you’re making a difference?

Well, you can at the bohemian and volunteer-run vegan spot, Black Cat Café. Just £7 will get you a huge bowl of salads with four pieces of fresh falafel alongside pitta bread, and your money will be supporting a completely not-for-profit venture in Hackney. Winner winner vegan dinner.

These guys serve some seriously good vegan fare, with tofu and quorn substitutes making up the bulk of their menu. But it's their falafel bowl that represents really good value, as one is enough to see you through both lunch and dinner fairly easily!

The salads change frequently, but on our visit included quinoa, black rice, adzuki beans, mixed green salad, pickled onions and a fresh dressing. We can recommend a lot of the rest of the menu too, including a sausage roll that tasted so good, we had to double check it was actually vegan, soups, and a variety of classic café dishes, like burgers, that are close to the real deal.

Black Cat Café also doubles as a small venue and shop for all things vegan, so if you’re feeling inspired by tofu, quorn or seitan – you can buy them from here. Note, BYOB and cash only. 

Words and photography | Ed Tan


76 Clarence Road E5 8HB

Opening hours
Mon, Wed - Fri | 12pm - 9pm
Sat - Sun | 11am - 8pm

Website | blackcatcafe.co.uk
Twitter | @BlackCatHackney
Instagram | @blackcathackney

Tel | +44 (0)20 8985 7091

Last updated | 12th Sept 2016