There’sa lot of new openings going on in East London and to be honest a fair few of them aren’t making the grade. The latest to open in Stoke Newington is Tatreez Cafe, bringing something completely different to the area, with a Lebanese and Palestine menu.
Located on Stoke Newington High Street the restaurant isn’t the most comfortable of places to dine but the food is served fast in sharing dishes and the menu is short – no starters here, just 3 main choices and nibbles – so it’s aimed more at those wanting a quick dinner rather than long drawn out meal.
We tried one of each of the bigger dishes, the fresh Mana’eesh with Cheese and Zaator mix, that’s a dough oven baked flat bread to you and me topped with cheese and a wild thyme, sumac and sesame mix. The Fool which was like a warm hummus, a mixture of fava beans and chick peas mashed with garlic and topped with fresh tomatoes and parsley served with freshly baked bread. And finally the Makdous, pickled baby eggplant stuffed with garlic, walnuts and chilli served in olive oil.
We mixed it down with a Lebanese Brew and a Lebanese Coteaux De Beka red wine. For fresh, healthy veggie Lebanese food at reasonable this place is where it’s at – just don’t go there looking for meat, you won’t find it!
188 Stoke Newington High St, London Borough of Hackney, N16 7JD