📍344 Streatham High Rd, London SW16 6HH
Streatham Station (Rail)
Streatham Common (Rail)
Streatham Hill (Rail)
Home Sweet Home – that’s what Streatham feels like to me because it was actually the first place in London that I’ve ever lived in. That’s all 6 years ago now (wow, already!) and it feels crazy how quickly time has flown by.
I don’t get to visit as often anymore nowadays, simply as it’s not that well connected by transport from my area – but I was super excited when the lovely Javier invited me down to try out his Tapas Cafe ‘Café Barcelona’ in Streatham, which offers a couple of Vegan Tapas Nights throughout January and February 2019:
Jan 11th & 18th
Feb 1st and 15th
On these nights Javier (the owner of the cafe) and his team serve up delicious vegan tapas – you can either simply turn up at the cafe, or pre-book via 02087 699169 if you don’t want to chance it 😉
So much has changed in the Streatham neighbourhood since I moved away – some of the street corners are barely recognisable since I left the area in 2013. So many more high street shops have popped up, alongside more independent cafe’s of which Café Barcelona is one!
Located pretty much 1 minute away from Streatham station, it’s honestly super easy to get to and worth a visit (Have a look for yourself at these delicious food pictures!)
Café Barcelona‘s vegan tapas menu offers a great variety of dishes – from salad over soup to Baked Aubergine with cherry tomato, basil and cashew mozzarella – and everyone should be able to find a few favourites here.
My recommendation would be to start with the Sourdough Bread alongside some olive oil and balsamic – it’s a classic and simply too good not to start with it. The bread that Café Barcelona uses was also super fresh and delicious – definitely a tasty way to start a tapas night!
When I visited the cafe to try their vegan options we’ve been given little tasters of each of the dishes, so the sizes of the actual tapas might differ slightly from my photos – however you can perfectly see that all the dishes look absolutely scrumptious!
Definitely a highlight of mine were the Sweet Potato & Pumpkin Soup and the Potato Croquettes that were served with a deliciously creamy garlic aioli on the top. We also very much enjoyed the Fried Lentil Balls, which I somehow forgot to photograph (believe it or not) – but that’s just a sign that they were too good to wait for a photo, right? 😉
The dessert at Café Barcelona can differ, depending on what’s available on the day – hence why it’s only referred to as ‘Vegan Dessert’ on the menu. We had a delicious apple tart alongside a traditional Spanish muffin (yes, I totally forgot the name for it here – maybe someone can help out?)
All in all we were very impressed with the vegan food at Café Barcelona – they also had a great selection of drinks, some of which we recognised from our holiday trips! We particularly like Super Bock from Portugal for example – and this is also vegan friendly! Not many places seem to serve it in London, so this was an exciting drinks menu find.
I’m so happy to see vegan food options popping up more across South London. Having lived there for over a year I know there are not plenty and the ones I know I can probably count on one hand, so I definitely encourage this shift!
Make sure to stop by at Café Barcelona for the vegan tapas – cause if they run well, then Javier and his team might keep them coming! 😉