If you think porridge is boring, you obviously haven’t been to 26 Grains. Having been meaning to check out this spot in Neal’s Yard in the heart of Covent Garden for ages, I finally made my way there for breakfast this morning and can truly say my perception of porrige will never be the same!
The experience proved just how versatile a bowl of porridge could be, from sweet to savoury, it can be transformed into a lip-smackingly delicious bowl of nourishment, bursting with flavour and colour!
The cafe is a tiny space yet effortlessly stylish with wooden benches, communal tables and vibrant green plants dotted around.
The concept is simple:
1. Start by choosing a grain, such as oats, quinoa, buckwheat, millet, spelt, flaxseed and rye, cooked through a variety of nut milks od coconut milk.
2. Add your spices, such as cinnamon, cardamom or ginger.
3. Finish with a few natural toppings including nuts, fresh fruit, homemade compotes and granolas.
After a difficult decision, I opted for the “Nordic Spice” – coconut milk oats, cardamom, ginger, cinnamon, turmeric, seeds, raisins, grated apple, cacao crumble and maple syrup. The combination of flavours was utterly phenomenal plus the presentation was certainly “instagrammable”!
My friend chose the coconut brown rice and black tahini – coconut milk short grain brown rice, toasted coconut, cacao nibs, black tahini, date syrup and lime. Of course I had to taste hers too and it was equally scrumptious and gorgeous.
I definitely recommend this little treasure for both porridge-lovers and porridge-sceptics alike!