*Unfortunately Cafe Loren is now permanently closed <sad face>*
If you like shashuka, or even if you don’t know what it is, you need to come check out Cafe Loren!
A welcome addition to my neighbourhood it’s situated between the Lock and Stable markets on Chalk Farm road, tucked under the bridge.
So what is shashuka?
As I already mentioned they serve shashuka exclusively at Cafe Loren. Shaskuka is a middle eastern baked egg dish. They serve A LOT of shashuka at Cafe Loren… In fact any which way you can imagine it! The traditional shashuka is eggs baked in a rich tomato sauce and is synonymous with breakfast or brunch in the middle east.
Cafe Loren serves numerous types of shashuka. Above on the tasting trio you see red, white and green shashukas, I think my new favourite is the green. Each had one egg baked in to it and came with lovely large slices of bread for dipping/mopping up the sauces and a side salad of cucumber, red peppers and tomatoes.
My new favourite! This has spinach, leeks and green peppers (so sounds healthy), with a deluxe creaminess from cream, avocado and pesto.
Made with a traditional tomato sauce with chunky onions and the addition of red peppers. Apparently it also has harrissa, but it’s not spicy (there is a spicy one for heat freaks though!). A good starter shashuka to get the idea 🙂
The white shashuka is made with onions, mushrooms, cream cheese and topped with feta. I loved the addition of spices like nutmeg that gave a great depth to the flavour.
Homeshuka (aka Granny’s)
This is the tradditional red shashuka served on a bed of hummus, topped with tahini. Very tasty! I tried this take away and the whole thing mixed together on the way home – not a bad thing as the hummus made it very creamy.
Something for everyone
They serve hummus and have gluten free bread. They also do a vegan option where the eggs are replaced with tofu – so there is literally something for everyone to try here.
So take away….
Yep that’s right Cafe Loren do take away and delivery via Deliveroo – just give them a google!