There seems to be a new café opening in Walthamstow every month at the moment. E17’s packed full of places of all shapes and sizes, offering the obligatory toasty for punters looking for a quick bite in a hurry.
So how do you stand out from the crowd? Speciality Coffee? Hmm, a few other places do that. Amazing sweet treats? Well, we’ve got incredible patisseries too. Vegetarian? (at the risk of going a bit too street) Booom. What a great idea! (There is the good old faithful Hornbeam vegetarian café, near the Bakers Arms, but a little friendly competition never hurt anyone.)
So, this month, it’s been all about Buhler + Co. We just can’t get enough of it. It’s down the road from us – about a 10-minute walk from our office – on The Bell Corner at the bottom end of Hoe Street. And by the way, that end of Hoe Street is buzzing at the moment. There’s so many cool shops and cafés popping up: Wynwood café, Yard Sale Pizza and the Rocket Barber Shop, to name but a few. But of all the cool eateries in Walthamstow, Buhler + Co might just be our fave.
They don’t just serve up the typical vegetarian option of salad (they do have some amazing salads though); the menu has a beautiful blend of vibrant and exotic flavours ranging from kimchi to coriander. Everything on the menu is intriguing and sounds delicious. All kinds of fresh, vibrant ingredients are lovingly coaxed into toasted sandwiches, savoury muffins and baked egg dishes. The baked egg with an aubergine zaalouk, zhoug paste, and a chickpea cake on the side is really tasty.
The interior is typically stylish with mid-century inspired furnishings, the ceiling is panelled with gold coloured strips which are punctuated by lines of electrical points – they look pretty good but not sure why they’re there, we’ll have to ask next time we’re in.
On the counter they have a delicious display of readymade toasties stacked up on a marble board, next to an ever changing array of sweat delights like cinnamon buns and fruity tarts. For us though, as we’re usually short for time, the main event are the sandwiches. Our personal favourite is the blue cheese and kimchi (a sort of Korean spiced sauerkraut) offering. It always comes perfectly toasted, oozing with cheese, with plump gherkins, and a kimchi bursting with ginger and chilli flavours.
As for the drinks, they’ve got them bang on too. We like an intense coffee, so the long black made with Climpson & Sons beans is for us. Another winner is the cappuccino for those who want a milkier taste. The teas come courtesy of We Are Tea who ethically source whole-leaf teas from artisan producers around the world.
So, if you fancy something slightly different from the norm, head on down to the top of Chingford Road and sample some of the incredible offerings from the lovely people at Buhler + Co.
Until next time,