Despite being at capacity with eager east Londoners, the reception we received from Potter & Reid was one of the friendliest we’ve ever had.
Only 10 weeks old, the Mediterranean café-come-restaurant is certainly solidifying its name
as a brunch go-to in the City. Whether you’re looking for a pastry or something more substantial, the fresh dishes are full of flavour and finesse.
Making our way to the restaurant at 12.30pm, we were able to choose from the lunchtime specials board. The menu, headed up by Chef Eleni Thoma, offers simple, picture-perfect Mediterranean options using a lot of Italian ingredients. And, after much deliberation, we settled on the mozzarella and chilli jam toastie and the sardine, egg and potato salad.
Both meals were delicious and we devoured the plates in record time; however, the cheese toastie remains firmly in our minds as one of the best we’ve had. The warm melted cheese paired incredibly well with the homemade sweet chilli jam. The perfect remedy for an unseasonably cold day.
The café does close at 5pm throughout the week and on Saturdays, but also serves high-end natural wine for those looking for a boozier affair midday.
Just a short walk from Spitalfields Market on Toynbee Street, Potter & Reid is definitely on our lunchtime radar. Even if it’s a fleeting visit for a coffee, you won’t regret it.
Potter & Reid E1 7NE