NE1 Reviews: Canaca
There’s a difference between dieting and eating well. And ‘keeping it natural’ is a great way to start - an ethos adopted by the friendly faces at Saville Row’s newbie, Canaca.
Eating here means you don’t have to cut any of the major food groups out of your diet. It’s all about clean eating - eating fresh produce and guilt-free grub that puts the fun back into tucking into a juicy burger, slurping up some noodles and chomping on a hearty breakfast.
The concept here is simple - fresh, good-for-the-soul fast food that takes the stress out of at-home lunch and dinner prepping. Make your NE1 lunch break a joy by switching off, removing yourself from your desk and popping in to see the lovely people who serve lush lunches at Canaca.
If you want on-the-go breakfast, you can pick up smoked salmon and egg muffins, avocado and egg breakfast pots or chilli cheese and za’atar for that mid-morning kick. If you’re swinging by for lunch with work pals, you don’t have to select a specific cuisine and go with it, you can get a bit of everything here: from Harissa chicken wraps and Thai green curry to Korean style chicken wings and Turkish koftas.
We’re in for lunch on an unusually bright February afternoon and there’s a real buzz about the place. We can imagine those summer afternoons - with the door wide open, tables full inside and out and smiling faces filling up on sunshine food. Canaca is the new kid on the block and it’s already bustling with students sipping smoothies while working away, locals catching up over coffee, shoppers stopping by for lunch and workers networking over noodles. It’s a cosmopolitan cafe-cum-restaurant and it’s got something for everyone.
The sun is shining, so we kick things off with a Green Reviver (£2.95) and a Sunset (£2.95) smoothie - both packed with punchy flavours and good-for-you ingredients. Feeling healthy and hydrated, we treat ourselves to a carby main course. It’s the Turkish kofta with a yoghurt and sumac wrap (£4.95) for myself, while my lunch date opts for the teriyaki chargrilled chicken burger with wasabi coleslaw (£6.25) - a gluten free option. A side of Canaca baked chips (£2.35) go down a treat and a home-brewed latte seals the deal as we venture off into the sunny (but cold) February afternoon in NE1. Make sure you add this Saville Row spot to your foodie to-do list. We can’t recommend it enough!
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