March 13, 2016

Allotment Cafe at Novi

Before I start talking about food (and I promise that the food is worth the wait) I wanted to say hello after an unintentional break, which some of you may have noticed. I’ve now got a full-time job, which is wonderful, but it is tiring stuff! I have new awe for all of you who blog daily and work a full-time job, as I have struggled to write anything in my first two weeks of my career. However, this weekend I met up with some fellow Cambridge food bloggers to try out Allotment Cafe pop-up in Novi and treating my taste buds seems to have inspired my creative juices too – hurrah!

So let’s talk about the food…

Novi in Cambridge is a fun premise which I have wanted to try for a long time. It’s a permanent coffee bar, which also offers tasty smoothies and delicious cocktails all year round. However, when it comes to the food, it is always changing. Novi hosts various pop-ups from the local Cambridge food scene from Thursday to Sunday and this rotates on a daily and ‘termly’ basis. At the moment, Allotment Cafe is the main independent on offer, providing brunch from Thursday to Saturday 9am-4pm. Then in the evening, there is a different independent to eat from each day – check out their website to see what’s on at the moment. I’m already planning my visit to Steak and Honour burgers on Saturday evening!
I love the concept of Novi and the chilled ambience and tasty coffee means that I am sure to return to try the various independent pop-ups on offer. Today it was the Allotment Cafe’s turn. Fresh, vibrant and with a true ‘taste of nature,’ Allotment Cafe certainly hit the spot for a healthy, nourishing and filling brunch. I chose the cheese and toast; cheese served on sourdough bread with apple slices, fresh seasonal leaves and tiny cucamelon pickles. The pickles provided a pleasant burst of flavour and how can you go wrong with cheese on toast? Although I must admit that I was slightly jealous of Claire’s perfectly poached egg on beetroot hummus atop an English muffin. Oh, and Pina’s rainbow beetroot ribbons salad… I really could have eaten anything on the menu! The brunch menu constantly changes and you are sure to have plenty of delicious options to choose from.
I also managed to find room for a slice of the carrot and parsnip vegan cake. I was intrigued by the vegan nature of the cake and I found it pleasantly moist, if slightly oily. The icing was definitely the highlight, although I have no idea how it was made! The cakes were very popular and I’d recommend ordering quick before they are snapped up! 
If you haven’t headed down to Novi yet, it really is a must on the Cambridge food scene. Make sure you pop down soon before the Allotment Cafe finishes its scrumptious stint!
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