VISIT STONE CAVE FOR A GREAT TURKISH BREAKFAST
Stone Cave is a café, bar and restaurant in Dalston that serves authentic Turkish food inspired by Ottoman recipes. It serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with a wide variety of vegetarian, seafood, and meat appetisers and mains. The Turkish breakfast – fried eggs, feta cheese, mixed olives, Turkish sausages, tomatoes and cucumber along with bread, butter, jam and honey – is a perfect way to start your morning.
Stone Cave, 111 Kingsland High St, London E8 2PB. Phone: 020 7241 4911
“A man who can't bear to share his habits is a man who needs to quit them.” – Stephen King
I am in no hurry to quit my habits, especially the ones that revolve around food. When I moved to Dalston last summer, I needed a breakfast spot that served healthy and delicious food swiftly. It was more a want than a need to be quiet honest. Akin to a security blanket, but made entirely of food. Several weekends were spent testing different restaurants and cafés. There were a few hits and quite a few misses (generic food, took too long, too far, didn’t feel right, the coffee was weak and so on).
It was on a bleak, grey day that I walked into Stone Cave, a Turkish restaurant on Kingsland Road, about 300m away from my apartment. I was predictable and ordered the Turkish breakfast, which involved a neat array of fried eggs, feta cheese, mixed olives, Turkish sausages, tomatoes and cucumber along with bread, butter, jam and honey. The portion size was enough to fill me up but not make me immobile, the bread and honey were pitch perfect, and the whole meal felt like a gastronomic symphony. I would love to wax poetic about the rest of Stone Cave’s menu, but I would have to make up stories to back it up – even though I have been back almost every weekend, all I have ordered is the same Turkish breakfast, chased by bitter and hot Turkish coffee. That’s proof enough for how deep my habits run.
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