Café: Monday's Wholefoods
Mondays is a unique little eatery tucked away in the heart of Kingsland - its lush blanket of ivy makes it a truly special hideaway, although I cannot help but feel cheated of its magnificence when it's stripped back to its bare bones in the winter. I stopped by, most appropriately, on a Monday. Neither bustling nor empty, I eyed up a lonely spot on the bench along the window and took advantage of the store copies of co-owner Eleanor Ozich's cookbook, My Petite Kitchen (named after her blog), and the Mondays Journal.
I ordered a raw Mini Mint Chocolate Cake and a 'Tropic Escape' smoothie (mango, pineapple, banana, mint, coconut cream, and filtered water), both of which were served promptly and without fuss. The cake was wonderful, although rather petite for the $4 price tag (three delicious mouthfuls at most). The smoothie was exceptional - thick, creamy, and I really enjoyed the addition of the mint. The menu is by no means extensive, but at least half of it is vegan which is refreshing and appreciated.
Service-wise, I have never been blown away by the friendliness of Mondays' staff members, however I will acknowledge their rapidity and the ease at which they do their job. Also, as much as I love the look of the knobbly wooden chairs and the steel tables outside, I can't help but mention that they're not the cosiest place to spend more than half an hour in. I sometimes feel as if practicality has been forgone for the sake of beauty at Mondays - admittedly, it is a wondrous sight when in full bloom.
All in all, Mondays is lovely for a quick smoothie break and a breath of fresh, green, rustic and homely air in the middle of what is otherwise a frantic city. I shall be returning soon to test out the buckwheat waffles, and to bathe in its quiet allure.
503B New North Road