Caravan

Caravan seems to be everything: a coffee mecca, an Antipodean brunch haven and a dinner spot. Located on the corner of vibrant foodie street Exmouth Market, Caravan is ideal for a summer supper, with its bright and airy space and outside terrace. It fits in well with the Guardian-reading Clerkenwell set, with a welcoming aroma of freshly roasted coffee, fresh orange juice, a fusiony menu and a buzzy atmosphere.

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Their all day menu is wonderfully fusion-esque with plenty of vege options:

  • Nepalese vegetable momo, spice tomato sauce (£5);
  • Chopped “baby” kale salad, feta, squash, pumpkin seeds (£7.50); and
  • Chilli crusted tofu, green beans ginger soy (£8)/

Their Head Chef, Miles Kirby, moved from the Providores & Tapa Room. This explains why the food takes you on a culinary journey from Chinea to Japane, through the Middle East and, of course, Australia. My friend and I shared all three vege dishes and the kale was the highlight for me. It was a perfect match with the feta and the squash. The dish was deliciously seasoned and topped off with creamy feta.

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Baby Kale Salad

We ordered the tofu as we were told it is their stand-out vegetarian dish. Although I did enjoy it, especially the beans and crispy shallots that came with, the chunk of tofu was probably too heavy.

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Chilli Crusted Tofu

The fried vegetable dumplings, meanwhile, could have done with a touch more seasoning and I think Ping Pong’s steamed varieties are certainly healthier and tastier.

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Nepalese Vegetable Momo

Nevertheless, Caravan food is delivered with a relaxed vibe that’s entirely in keeping with the Exmouth Market ethos and can only add to the appeal of a night out in the pedestrianised area lit by twinkling fairy lights overhead. It’s definitely worth trying a coffee here, with beans roasted in their basement; my friend certainly enjoyed her after-dinner espresso.

Go in for a morning coffee, a later cocktail, small plates in the evening or anything in between. It’s a something-for-everyone eaterie, conceived on easy-going, Australian lines.

Caravan, 11-13 Exmouth Market, London EC1R 4QD

Website: http://www.caravanrestaurants.co.uk/exmouth-market.html  

Rating: ****

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