Review on Café Maitreya

Twice winner of The Vegetarian Society's restaurant awards, Café Maitreya preaches the gospel loud and clear (the name is Sanskrit for 'universal love'). It's a place that is intent on shaking up the faddy image of vegetarian food, and the results on the plate are light, imaginative and full of surprises.

The setting is unshowy, with abstract artwork on the walls, tiled floors, pine furniture and an open kitchen where the team makes good use of local and organic produce as well as pickings from the wild. Elderflowers, wild garlic, samphire and burdock root all get a name-check on the menu, along with trendy provisions from the global larder – quinoa, nori seaweed, Chinese artichokes, lotus roots and that most underrated of vegetables, kohlrabi.

Check out the menu and you might find fenugreek, tamarind and coconut laksa broth with crispy salsify and pistachio roulades or Feta and pecan tortellini with steamed purple sprouting broccoli and orange beurre blanc, followed by a cocotte of summer berries in rosehip syrup accompanied by lemon balm and yoghurt ice cream.

Just about everything on the groovy wine list is organic, and the owners only buy from Europe ('to avoid unnecessary transport'). Café Maitreya also stocks a brilliant range of organic beers, ciders, spirits and soft drinks.

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Mark Evans

Restaurant Opening Times

Breakfast: 10.00 - 12.00 Tue-Sun
Lunch: 12.00 - 3.00pm Tue-Sun
Dinner: 6.30 - 9.45pm Tue-Sat

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Facilities at Café Maitreya

  • Disabled access
  • Private dining room
  • Private parties


Café Maitreya
89 St Mark's Road

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