Thursday, January 7, 2016

26 Grains | London

I still have some places to tell you about from my last visit to my beloved London. But since it's vegan month & all, I decided to share with you another vegan spot I discovered. I had been following 26 Grains' Instagram account for ages. I mean, how can you not? And although I pretty much 'liked' every single photo they uploaded, I somehow thought that 26 Grains was located in Australia (which shows how many Aussie food places I follow.. definitely too many). So when my London friend Sarah suggested we'd go to 26 Grains for breakfast, I was both surprised and very excited (as excited you can get about porridge.)
26 Grains nordic spice porridge | London

We met early on Monday morning for a catch-up chat and brekky. 26 Grains has several pop-ups if I understood correctly. We went to the one in Covent Garden, which is very hidden away in Neal's Yard. The pop-up is tiny, with only a few little tables and an open kitchen. The first thing you see is big bowls of superfood goodies all lined up, and two guys busy stirring, mixing and perfecting steamy bowls of porridge. 


26 Grains nordic spice porridge | London

26 Grains nordic spice porridge | London



And then there was the most difficult part of that particular Monday morning: choosing what to have for breakfast. Although the (mostly vegan) menu isn't so big, it's quite hard to choose between all those tasty-sounding porridges. You can choose from hot, sweet, cold and savoury porridge. Although the savoury options were very intriguing, we both went for the Nordic Spice, which seemed to be the perfect choice for a cold & grey morning in London.

26 Grains menu | London

After about 10 minutes, our big bowls of hot porridge arrived, and I couldn't wait to dig in. This isn't just your standard - slightly boring - breakfast porridge. It's packed with flavour and textures, and it tasted like nothing I've ever had.


26 Grains nordic spice porridge | London

This is what's in it: Coconut Milk Oats, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Ginger, Turmeric, Seeds, Raisins, Coconut Yogurt, Apple Maple. A real flavour bomb, not too sweet and the perfect thickness. My favourite thing was the coconut yoghurt on top which added some unexpected freshness and creaminess. Simply amazing! The best bowl of porridge I've ever had. And completely vegan as well!

26 Grains nordic spice porridge | London

26 Grains porridge | London

26 Grains porridge | London

If you're in London and on the hunt for a mega tasty breakfast, 26 Grains is where you need to go. I'm going to try to recreate the Nordic Spice porridge here at home but I think it won't taste the same! I can't wait to try the other porridges when I'm in London next time. It's hard to turn porridge into something attractive and incredibly tasty, but the team at 26 Grains managed to do it. Big thanks to Sarah for taking me here, I'll definitely be back for more! 

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