an array of colourful, inventive and mouth watering salads.

On my tragic two bus, traffic fuelled journey to work I would always look forward to my morning coffee. And that would be my stop off at Cafe Route. A perfect skinny cappuccino (made with MONMOUTH Coffee), friendly staff and the delicious looking cakes I would pine over as I waited. It was a great way to start my day.

So when I introduced to Cafe Route’s new summer menu I was very intrigued to see what they had to offer.

I booked in for a lunch date with my sister. It was Friday afternoon and it was buzzing. As you walked in you were greeted with an array of colourful, inventive and mouth watering salads. I wanted them all.

To start we ordered some paprika olives. Plump, juicy and full of flavour. Accompanied by a couple of glasses of wine, I went for the Organic Italian White while Esmee went for her true love, Savvy Blancy. They were both perfect for a Friday afternoon catch up and we could have easily have stayed a lot longer with a bottle or 3.

after being greeted by that salad at the door there was no chance I was changing my mind.

So lets get down to my favourite part.

The lunch menu works by ordering a main dish and selecting either 2 or 3 salads. You have the choice of sandwiches, soup and tasty looking burgers too. But after being greeted by that salad at the door there was no chance I was changing my mind. I chose the Sweet potato served with Pulled Lamb and picked the Tabbouleh and Peach with feta cheese, finely chopped chilli and pomegranate molasses.

Even writing about it now I’m salivating. The lamb was amazing, it melted in my mouth. I have no clue how they made pulled lamb but they made it well. The tabbouleh was fresh and well balanced. I loved the peach and feta too, the two foods worked well together. It could have done with a few more pomegranate molasses but that is probably because I LOVE THEM.

Esmee went for the Sweet chilli glazed salmon fillet.. It’s served cold so it’s perfect if you want that light, summer lunch vibe. She picked Sweet Potato & Chick Peas with Tahini drizzle and Aubergine Almond Bulgur with Pomegranate Salsa. We swapped half way through (as we like to do that) and again I was very impressed with the quality and flavour of the salads.

It tasted so good, you felt like you were being naughty

What I enjoyed most about the lunch menu was that the salad options were unique, light, fresh, amazing in flavours and textures and but most importantly they were healthy! It tasted so good, you felt like you were being naughty. It’s the best type of over-indulging. FACT. They’re very considerate of allergens too offering gluten free, nut free and dairy free. options in their salads. I would highly recommend this place if you’re looking for a nice, light lunch that is flavoursome and apetizing.

and a wall full of wine. My kinda place.

I love the decor too. I’m going to describe it as industrial, rustic chic. Dried meat and paprika hanging over the deli counter and a open kitchen so you can see the chefs in action. My fav part was the wall full of wine. It had the quote ‘the first kiss and the first glass of wine are the best’. My kind of place.

Sadly, I have changed jobs so I will not be stopping off at Cafe Route anymore for my morning pick me up. But after this visit I will definitely be returning with friends to explore more of the menu. Try it, you won’t regret it!

Have a peek at the Summer Menu here.