It's not every day that you stumble across the perfect brunch spot, in the sunshine, in 25C weather. At least not in the UK.

A spontaneous and brilliant decision to go for brunch on Saturday by yours truly led Paddy to find this truly amazing little place in the East Village in Stratford - Tina, We Salute You. It turns out they have another branch in Camden (so I'll have to go find that) if you're more North London based, but since we seem to end up in East London a fair bit nowadays, we're enjoying exploring what's more local.

Anyways, Paddy found this great place through the power of Google, so off we went, through the Olympic Park, with me trying to ignore the beginnings of blisters on my feet. The cafe is located right on the edge of the East Village, with views over the park, and just a stone's throw away from Stratford International and the beast that is Westfield Shopping Mall.

Right, onto the good stuff that is the FOOD. Given we hadn't had breakfast and our bellies were empty, I took this as a good opportunity to devour more than one course. I chose an iced coffee, a salmon and cream cheese beigel (note: I thought they'd just spelt bagel wrong on the menu; turns out, it's not a bagel. It's like a crusty bread roll cut in half and toasted. Still glorious) and then American-style pancakes with fruit coulis for after. Of course I did not miss the opportunity to quote Joey Tribbiani when it came down to the coulis (#friendsfan). Paddy went for an orange juice and poached egg and avocado on sourdough bread, and with a side of toast and marmite, and occasionally helped out with the pancakes because my eyes were ever so slightly bigger than my belly.

IT. WAS. WONDERFUL.

The food is delicious, the staff were lovely, the prices aren't awful...and it was just the perfect way to spend a sunny Saturday. We FOR SURE will be back.










M x