"Hangry" – when one is so hungry, one gets angry.
And that could describe the collective feeling of me and my friends when last week we attended the launch of a new food residency at a local pub in Hackney Downs. We were informed that there would sliders and 20% off food. The kitchen made good on the sliders (though it took a while), but we were dismayed to find that the kitchen wasn’t going to take and make proper meal orders. That was the whole point of being there! And what made it worse was that the sliders actually tasted nice and most of us knew we were going to order that particular burger.
Alcohol was not going to solve the ‘hangry’ problem so some of us decided to leave the pub in search of somewhere to eat. The thought of going home on an empty stomach was too much for some if not most of our group to bear! Being an East Londoner I knew a place or two where we could catch some much needed food…..
|201 Lower Clapton Road, London, E5 8EG|
We ended up a place called Cave of Plunder at about 10:15pm, with the kitchen closing at 10:30 and the café winding down by 11pm. The owner/manager was kind enough to accept our custom….we must have had the look of desperation on our faces!
|We left with satisfied stomachs!|
Setting aside that we were borderline hangry, the food was nice. We all had burgers because that’s what we had set out to get in the first place! The sides were a mixture curly fries and sweet potato fries which were nicely cooked and not too oily. Some of my friends had milkshakes and spoke highly of them; we were impressed that the menu had over 50 milkshake options to choose from! I didn’t have a milkshake as I didn’t want it to get in the way of eating all my food….
In addition to the burgers and milkshakes, Cave of Plunder serves a whole load of sweet treats and makes its own ice-cream. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to sample any given as it was late and they needed to close. But it has given me an incentive to come back!
|I have my eye on the Aero & Oreo flavours.....|
|Just a few of the sweet treats on offer|
|My friends marveling at the snooker table stuck to the wall|
Cave of Plunder managed to save our stomachs that night for which I and my friends were grateful for. The Diner is itself is quite new, having been opened for nearly a year and serving hot food in the last 6-8 months. It serves as one of many examples of how East London has changed; there quite a few places to eat and explore beyond the typical and oversaturated Shoreditch and Dalston….