Review: Brooks & Gao, Streatham High Road

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Specials board at Brooks & GaoDown the road from Beyrouths (more on this place another time) and next door to The Indigo Tree lies Brooks & Gao, a rustic coffee shop where we visited for lunch and forgot to try out the coffee.

Brooks & Gao

The decor is typically rustic, with exposed brickwork the main feature, and blackboards featuring the specials. Mismatched bottles of tap water are readily available on each table.

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While we can’t comment on the coffee, everything else they had to offer would happily satisfy a hungry belly. It’s not the place for a typical brunch so don’t come here expecting eggs benedict. However they serve a mean doorstop sandwich, whether you like a foccacia or ciabatta with your filling.

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Baguette at Brooks & Gao

We tried the grilled limo pork loin, manchego cheese and piquillo pepper baguette (£5.80) and organic rare breed topside, spinach and aioli on focaccia (£5.20). They heat up your sarnies before serving and the ingredients are lovely and fresh – it’s served crisp but not burnt a la Caffe Nero or Starbucks.

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They also serve generously sized slabs of sweet loaf, along with brownies, tarts and cronuts…the list goes on.

It’s a very family-friendly environment; the majority of customers had small babies but it’s welcome to young couples, too. If you visit anytime soon order the fig and green salad – the customers sat next to us tucked into a large plate of it, complete with mozzarella and balsamic vinegar – food envy!

Just one thing let it down – the peppermint tea was served with a glass tumbler. Call us old fashioned, but what’s wrong with a good tea cup?

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