I can’t even explain why it’s taken me so long to get to Atticus Finch, being close in Paddington and a favourite of one of my regular partners in breakfasting crime, Y. Although funnily enough, I can count the number of times I’ve had breakfast in Paddington on one hand since moving nearby so maybe it’s a case of too convenient? There’s also that small issue of Paddington hills and not wanting to ride up them…
|Menu clearly stating that you need to order at the counter #readingfail|
Coffees arrived quickly – a carafe of the Aeropress for Y which came with a glass of ice and a star print straw for a nice touch and a cup of smooth filter brewed coffee for me. After asking for some water, we were asked if we wanted sparkling to go with our coffees, to which we immediately agreed. I’m not sure if it’s just our coffee types or all black coffee but I like the touch! It was such a lovely morning and peaceful, even with more customers beginning to arrive, and perfect to catch up with a good friend.
|Fancy – carafe of Aeropress coffee + stars|
Our meals were served and unfortunately I spotted that I’d been given the sourdough instead of the gluten-free bread but that was quickly rectified with apologies – our waitress was so lovely that I almost felt bad asking about it! I’d expected that the lentils & beans would be like baked beans with the beans and lentils whole but instead they had been cooked until soft to a chunky purée, or a breakfast dip as Y proclaimed. So in dip-style, I tore off some bread, smeared it on, adding a bit of poached egg and cucumber and was in taste heaven. The beans and lentils had a Middle Eastern flavour and were like a delicious cousin of hummus, especially with the tahini sauce drizzled around the bowl. The pickled cucumber was crunchy and zingy and a few fresh cherry tomatoes added pops of sweetness. The beans and lentils were standout alone but adding a poached egg with a gooey yolk made me love it even more. It’s a tasty, wholesome dish that will keep you feeling full for a long time.
Meanwhile Y was loving her porridge, deviating from her usual semolina favourite. Served in a flat bowl, it is a thick porridge with deep red berry coulis on top with swirls of honey and a sprinkling of pistachio dukkah on top. Perhaps you could have it with additional milk but as is, it’s like a warm Bircher. The use of multiple grain types made it texturally different from a plain oat porridge. It was lightly sweetened and creamy, with the berry topping added a contrasting tartness and the dukkah brining crunch factor. Being porridge I’m not sure if it will be on the menu much longer but after having a taste, I think it’s one of the best I’ve had!
|Mixed grain porridge (12.0)|
Atticus Finch Cafe
83 Latrobe Terrace
M-F | 0630-1400
S-S | 0700-1400
GF | DF | EF | V | VV
Breakfast, Lunch, Cafe
See ratings for explanations.
|For your #yolkporn pleasure|
|Hello, bottomless cup of coffee…|
|An excellent menu indeed.|