My brother and sister-in-law introduced me to Hackney City Farm during a recent trip to London to visit family. Located in the southeast corner of Haggerston Park, the farm makes for a nice respite within the lively Shoreditch neighbourhood of London. It’s a backdrop I recognised from many photographs of my young nephew, so it was nice to see the farm in person. The Farm’s Frizzante Cafe was the purpose of our visit. Its Mediterranean-inspired cuisine uses fresh, seasonal, and locally-produced ingredients. We enjoyed everything on the menu. And I mean everything, as in one of each: Grilled oyster mushrooms with truffle olive oil, prosciutto di Parma with donut variety peaches and watercress, house made tagliolini pasta with red snapper, rib of beef with rosemary potatoes, eggplant parmigiana with garden salad, and Eton mess (a traditional English pudding, er, dessert).
We walked off a very small portion of dinner on our way home, along Columbia Rd. It’s a very nice contrast.