The Cafe

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NOW WITH ADDED LOOS!!!! Woop-di-doop. AND WITH ADDED AIR CON!!! How hi-tech are we?

So yeah, this cafe/restaurant of ours. It’s not actually going to have Costa looking over its shoulder: we only have nine and a half tables, and you’ll probably notice that the food drone is the same as the till drone and the sweet drone. The idea is that it gets really really busy, and then we install more tables, and then we buy a new food drone, and then we extend into the basement/garage/Job Centre next door. This grand scheme of things will only work if you do your bit and patronise us, spread the word, that sort of thing.

Sample dishes and then buy the ingredients to make them at home. Snack while you shop. Just enjoy a cuppa and a break away from the bustle that is Peckham Central.

The cafe area is open all the time that the shop is—so you can come and enjoy anything from brunch through to supper. You can BYO, and when we light the candles of an evening it really is quite cosy.

Whilst we are always happy to see hungry passers-by, we do take reservations, and if you want to come along of a weekend or in the evening, it is a good idea to phone first so we can hold a table for you. We do not take bookings by e-mail, so call us on 020 7639 8007 to secure your seats. If there are more than 6 of you, we will normally require a deposit. Service is not included, but we do add an optional 10% service charge to parties of 5 or more.

Not sure what to order? Well, Snackistan is all about sharing. Meze. Order a few dishes and share them. This is a good thing for several reasons. Firstly, you get to try more food, and more food is always good. Secondly, sharing is fun, sociable. Thirdly, we have but a pocket-sized kitchen, 2 hobs, a battered toaster, indolent staff and a third rate microwave (that Mrs.S. foolishly allowed Mr. Shopkeeper to choose). So there is little to no chance that we are going to be able to send you out individual main courses simultaneously anyway.

If there are a few of you and you’re not in a hurry, we totally recommend our tasting/party menu. At £20.00 a head it is super good value, and takes you from starters and a soft drink via the equivalent of a main course per head, thence all the way through to desserts and coffee. It saves you both the agony of choosing from our undeniably sumptuous menu and the hassle of splitting the bill at the end of the meal. Ask your waiting drone for more details.

Here's some nice things the press have said about us: People are very kind....

Time Out | Evening Standard | Marina O'Loughlin in The Guardian

The Menu

Snackistan Savouries

For the time being, everything is vegetarian. We can usually offer gluten and dairy free stuff ‘n’ all. This is our core menu - but we have a huge number of daily specials. In fact most of our menu is off piste, so to speak.

Meze Platters: Large (enough for 2 normal mortals or 1 Mr.Shopkeeper) £7.50, small (for 1) £4.00 (both include a basket of warm bread)

Wraps: £4.75—fillings vary daily. Sometimes hourly.

Hotpot of the Day: Served with rice, salad and yoghurt £7.50

Ash or Soup: £4.50, served with warm bread

Baked Sweet potato filled with Persian Baked Beans and Halloumi £4.00
Eggs scrambled with plantain and harissa £5.00
Eggs scrambled with dates and fragrant spices £4.00

AND: check our blackboards to see if Mrs.S. is feeling especially creative...

Snackistan Sweetmeats

Persepolitan Sundaes

Persepolitan Vegan Knickerbocker Glory
Saffron Banana Split
Hot Paklava Meltdown
Turkish Delight Sundae

They’ve all got nuts and fruit in so they’re health foods already: all at £3.50

Iranian faloodeh or bastani (sorbet or ice cream) £3.00

Home-Baked Cake or Cheesecake
Served with kaymak or ice cream £3.50

Regular tea for two with Persian pastries £5.00
Or regular coffee for two with paklava or Turkish Delight, also for £5.00

Snackistan Bevvies

Teas

Fragrant Persian Tea with cardamom £1.50
Mint Tea £1.50
Afghan Green Tea (separates the men from the boys) £1.50
Saffron Tea with Nabat (that’s posh crystallised sugar to you) £2.00
Ginger Tea with Orange, Lemon and Mint £2.00

Coffee

Nespresso—strong or mild, black or white £1.50
(latte/cappuccino £2.00)
Date and cardamom latte £2.50
Turkish (aka Greek) Coffee—plain, medium or sweet £2.25
Vegan Hot ‘Chocolate’ with carob and spices £2.75

Juices

Pomegranate or Sour Cherry Juice £1.50
Pomegranate, Sour Cherry, Rose or Mint Cordial £1.50 with water, or £2.00 with milk
Mango Smoothie with tamarind and ginger £2.75
Banana Smoothie with carob and halva £2.75

From Mr. Shopkeeper’s Fresh Juice Bar

Orange, Apple, Carrot or Mixed £2.25

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