By Anna Holbrook

 

Half term can be a happy time filled with family and frivolity – and a bit of culture thrown in if you’re lucky.  Or it can be a time stuck in Heathrow en famille with a ‘cancelled flight’ sign menacingly flashing above your head.

We unfortunately had the latter (damn those pesky archaic BA computers – who doesn’t back up their systems these days anyway!?).  So the start of half term was met with disappointed children and abandoned suitcases – and off we trundled back to the manor, with a plan to stuff our sorry faces with some satisfying grub.  And here’s where the newly (ish) opened Bob’s Cafe on Salusbury Road comes in.

The staff welcomed us into their hub (all wooden booths, hanging pot plants, and exposed brick walls), and instantly made us feel thankful we were there.  The kids were presented with their own menus, with enough choice to satisfy even the most fussy of eaters – think mini fry up breakfasts, grilled chicken and pan fried fish with chips (and veggies), and warming macaroni cheese.  Most kids mains were around £5, or £6.25 with a dessert and drink.

As we hungrily scanned the menu like ravenous tired vultures, the kids happily busied themselves by colouring in their pictured menus (distractions like these are such a welcome addition when eating out with kids and frazzled parents!), whilst declaring that only sausages and eggs will do.  Well that was easy.

Being just midday, the husband and I ummed and ahhed over the Breakfast options (served until 4pm), which included the likes of Eggs Benedict, Buttermilk Stacked Pancakes and ‘Avocado Smash’ (a yummy looking mashed avi on sourdough with vine tomatoes and poached egg).  I eventually opted for the Red Shakshouka – a delicious stew of slow roasted tomatoes and  peppers, perfectly cooked free-range baked eggs, and a grating of tangy feta cheese and chopped fresh parsley – accompanied with toasted dark sourdough.  Ottolenghi eat your heart out!  Most breakfast options ranged in price between £5 – £9.

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Red Shakshouka

There was also a diverse range of ‘Main’ options to choose from, including Steak and Chips; Crab and Prawn Linguine; Kale, Spinach and Feta Salad, and the husbands choice – Chicken Schnitzel Burger and chips.  This was served with bacon, avocado smash, pickled red onion, lettuce and aged cheddar house sauce.  The husband wolfed it down quicker than a child can trash their bedroom, but I’m told the chicken was very succulent and crispy and he’d gladly have it again.

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Steak & Chips

Despite being pretty full, we checked out the dessert menu which included Pear, Blueberry & Hazelnut Crumble and a lovely looking Chocolate Brownie, but ended up ordering two portions of the kids’ Churros with cinnamon sugar and chocolate sauce – which went down a treat (in fact, I’m thinking of petitioning for it to be on the adult’s menu – placards and all).

We only sampled a fraction of the menu, but from the look of all the other meals we saw coming out of the kitchen, it will only be a matter of (a short) time before we’re back.

It’s also good to know that they do a prix-fixe menu on weekdays between 12pm – 7pm  for £10.95 (2 courses) or £12.95 (3 courses).  They even provide vegetarian and gluten-free menus if you so wish!

Best news of all, Bob’s Cafe is kindly offering all QPM card holders 10% off food Monday – Friday (t&c’s apply).  If you haven’t yet signed up for your FREE card, you can do so here.

Bob’s Cafe
77 Salusbury Road, London, NW6 6NH
Tel: 020 7372 3442
Website: www.bobscafe.net

Opening Hours:
Monday – Friday: 8am – 11pm
Saturday: 9am – 11pm
Sunday: 9am – 10.30pm

Disclaimer: Bob’s Cafe offered us a complimentary meal for an honest review.

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