food + drink Haggerston

HARA café, Haggerston

Head by a former Sketch chef...

Nestle down a little longer in this happy little haven. The HARA café draws a regular, eclectic crowd – from mums to students, freelancers to locals – and it’s easy to see why they keep coming back. There’s a warmth and familiarity in the air, not to mention the smell of good food. Head chef Tess has worked at restaurants such as Zetter and Sketch, and has now turned her focus to sustainable, seasonal cooking – what Hara is all about.

HARA’s name derives from Japanese medical tradition, referring to the energetic centre of the body. It’s apt then that this holistic cafe should have community spirit, sustainability and homemade, delicious food at its heart. 

With mismatched tables, plants abounding and homemade ferments and pickles on display, it feels every part the cosy local. 

Try the perfectly poached, so fresh eggs topped with pumpkin puree, wilted spinach, garlic yogurt, chilli butter and dukkha served with flatbread for dipping. Rich, satisfying and full of goodness, it’s brunch elevates to wholesome heights. We’d also recommend the Roasted Romanesco on sourdough toast with cannellini beans, cauliflower and monk’s beard – a relatively unknown Mediterranean green, said to hail from the Tuscan ‘Cappuccino’ monks (whose robes provided the inspiration for the world’s favourite frothy-milked coffee too!). If ever a meat-eater needed wooing over to the veggie-side of life, this is the dish to do it.

Finish things off with a pot of tea and a slice of their lemon, poppy seed and coconut loaf, freshly baked every morning. 

13 Downham Road, N1 5AA

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