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Porridge cafe, Shoreditch: quick restaurant review

Our review of Porridge Cafe, the latest in a long line of hip places to eat in Shoreditch. Try banana, passionfruit and goji buckwheat porridge; pear fig purée and vanilla on polenta; and even roasted pepper, chorizo and chilli on grain barley.

The Porridge Café pop-up, inspired by the Nordic porridge revival (such a thing is occurring), is bringing a smorgasbord of 11 grains and a wide variety of toppings, savoury and sweet, to London’s most fashionable quarter (where else could it be, frankly). In an appropriately stripped-back, light space located between Old Street underground and Shoreditch High Street overground stations, the team behind the street food catering company Bow Food are serving a rotating menu of porridges (and risottos) for breakfast, lunch and early dinner, Monday to Sunday, until the end of March.

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The Tuesday menu, for instance, includes three berry compote, banana and flaxseed on rolled oats, £4; pear fig purée and vanilla on polenta, £4.50; pomegranate, orange and dates on wheat flakes, £5; roasted pepper, chorizo and chilli on grain barley, £6.50; and aubergine and parsley butter on spelt, £5.50. All of the ingredients have been seriously thought through here; the grains are also cooked in the best ‘bases’ (e.g. coconut milk, veg stock, almond milk, pomegranate juice) to suit the grains and toppings. You can imagine booths like this on high streets in future – after all, what’s a sandwich shop? Go with the grains. porridgecafe.com

Bullseye: Pomegranate, orange and dates on wheat flakes – filling, wholesome and sweet.

Misfire: Risotto is risotto is risotto. They could have gone for congee!

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