The third review in our regular feature showcasing local restaurant talent
A Romanian cafe and deli restaurant has landed from out of space on East Ham High Street (hooray!).
How pleased we were to chance upon the new-found gem of Carpathia, which offers a nicely decked-out interior, an injection of caffeine, and good quality Romanian grub – all reasonably priced.
Here we take a look at what this little surprise of the summer has to offer.
Carpathia: a reference to the mountain range in Romania and across Central Europe. Here you won’t find a view of mountains, but you do get a chance to escape the high street into very pleasant surroundings.
Address: 166(ish) High Street North.
The interior has a nice cosy cafe vibe – complete with cute cushions, signs, books and those artsy chalk menus (a must-have for any swanky coffee house!). Prime seat is a cosy lounge-style sofa, a front-row seat onto the bustling high street.
Carpathia offers anything from a very decent cup of coffee to sandwiches to traditional Romanian dishes. And they have a deli…
We had pork ribs with cabbage and pork steak with rice – these came with a side serving of pickles and chillies for those who want more flavour; and we sampled both the chicken and beef soups.
As with east European food it can be rich and filling so you most definitely won’t leave feeling hungry.
Total price: under £10.
The waiter was very friendly and gave us a talk around the coffee shop and menu. Granted – it was the first week, but it has to be said that the staff were really welcoming and hospitable.
Definitely. This place is a step away from the many fast food joints of East Ham and is a chance to sample some East European food on the high street. Make sure you check it out!