On Saturday we had one of those exciting moments when you discover a new, slightly hidden cafe just around the corner from your house. Y and I walked past LITRO on Drayton Park, opposite Arsenal Stadium, on Friday night and returned very excited the next morning. When we arrived at 11.30am armed with papers LITRO was closed, but as we pressed our noses against the glass to peer inside, the owner came and opened the door and welcomed us in.
The fit out of this place is uber cool. The walls are covered in recycled materials, there are large glass bottles hanging as lights, pots of rosemary on the tables, wooden bench seats and random chairs. The menu is written on blackboards on the wall. There's an area out the back that's being turned into a courtyard and was in full sun on Saturday.
We started with coffees and they were excellent. The place is Italian so we shouldn't have been so surprised. As LITRO didn't officially open for another half hour, we settled in and read our papers until the kitchen was open, at which time we ordered one of the several organic lagers on offer and a 1/2 litre of prosecco, along with bruschetta and the charcuterie plate. Everything was delicious. The toasted bread with the ripe tomatoes was particularly yummy.
LITRO is open for dinner and polenta, pasta and other simple Italian staples are on the blackboard menu. The kitchen is very tiny so they seem to be relying on great uncomplicated produce - a recipe for success we hope! The little postcard we picked up says they'll be opening for breakfast and lunch soon - can't wait!