Megans is everything I love in a café. It’s cute and pretty with shabby farmhouse-style furniture. It has a fabulous courtyard out the back that’s filled with twinkly lights. And they have some of the most amazing cakes and pastries I’ve ever had the pleasure of eating. (I wanted to hold this back until the end of the post, but I just couldn’t wait. But more on those epic pastries that later).
Drinking fizz at 2pm on a Tuesday is really not normal for me. But we were here to put two fingers up to Dry/Diet January and welcome on guilt-free February. So my friend Pally and I decided it was completely ok to say yes to a fresh juice (detox) and yes to prosecco too (retox)
Megans has quite a reputation for its juices. So we delved into their most popular – the kale greens juice (kale, cucumber, mint, apple and lemon) which was actually really tasty.
The food here too is right up my street. Think big charcuterie platters, grilled halloumi and big fresh salads and – wait for it – octopus carpaccio. Now that was a surprise.
If you’ve never had octopus carpaccio, it’s really quite pleasant. Don’t expect to be overwhelmed by flavour, but it’s meaty and light. Which is why it gives you license to play around with all sorts of flavours. At Megans, they serve it with a roasted piquillo pepper puree that’s blended with walnut and feta. ‘Octopus and feta?’ I hear you cry. But it works. Honest.
Our appetiser followed with chicken skewers that had been marinated in lemon, garlic and oregano. Wow, oh wow. It was a simple and colourful collection of chicken and sweet roasted vegetables served on a great big chopping board. It was accompanied by a beautifully fresh salad topped with parmesan flakes and oil. Very happy girl indeed.
Pally was equally beaming with her pile of humungous tiger prawns. These sunset pink crustaceans were succulent, easy to de-shell and served with big wedges of lemon and the same rocket salad.
I can’t go without mentioning their sauces too which you can order separately in little pots. Between us, we dipped into the tomato and coriander salsa, basil pesto and chimichurri.
If I could bottle that basil pesto and take it home, I would have done. The flavour in this simple Mediterranean-style lunch was sensational. It’s these kind of food experiences that remind me, amongst all the fancy fine dining and heavy cuisine you come across, this is truthfully, the kind of food I enjoy best.
So following all this wholesomeness we had to be a bit naughty didn’t we? After all, we were rebelling the new year rules.
Cue Thom Joseph – the resident pastry chef. And my future live-in house servant, if I ever become stupidly rich and stop caring about my cholesterol.
Thom started his career as a designer before deciding to turn his creative flair to cookery. After a few years cutting his teeth in one of London’s finest cupcake companies, he took up the role of pastry chef at Megan’s. And oh wow, is he an amazing asset here.
Thom sashayed into the room holding a beautiful cake stand of some of his finest pastries. When we saw this….
..oh my, we knew we were in for a treat.
Here’s what we had:
- Chocolate brownie – soft, crumbly, rich, chocolate and gooey. Everything you want in this heavenly treat.
- Marshmallow Hi-hat – Take a bite throught the crumbly chocolate layer to reveal fluffy marshmallow. HEAVEN.
- Banana breakfast muffin – teeny tiny but full of sweet flavour.
- White chocolate and raspberry loaf – Tart raspberry pieces contrast with sweet milky white chocolate. As heavenly as it sounds
- I’ve saved the best ‘til last – sea salt and nutella cookie. It’s sweet, it’s salty, it’s crunchy and it has gooey. This is the most EPIC cookie I ever remember eating. No joke.
Pally and I slowly but surely….
…ate it all…
We then had to be airlifted home.
Megan’s is soon set to open a second shop in St John’s Wood where two of these goodies will feature in a very special ‘Megan’s VII’ – which is basically a collection of 7 of Thom’s finest pastries.
Do try Megan’s. They have a BYO night (Monday to Wednesday), they have a popular breakfast menu (the granola is said to be epic) and it’s home to the most gorgeous setting.
Plus, their food is devine.
Until next time x
Megans Deli & restaurant, 571 Kings Road, London, SW6 2EB
Oh So London was a guest of Megan’s but all opinions are my own. Huge thank you to the team for being brilliant hosts. If you’ve been to Megan’s please share your views..