REVIEW: 90° Melt, Stepney Green
WHAT? A buzzy vegan and veggie restaurant on Mile End Road serving ooey gooey grilled cheese sandwiches, cocktails and American comfort food with a twist.
WHY GO? What’s better than a golden brown cheese toastie after a few pints? This casual diner-style cafe is great for soaking up after-work drinks in East London – but if you want to carry on drinking, that’s welcome too.
Melts are reasonable at only £4 each, their fillings helpfully listed with ideal wine and beer pairings. You could try ‘The Donald Trump Mexican Melt’ (smoked chipotle sauce, corn, peppers and roasted vegetables with creamy British cheese) with a Sam Adams or Brooklyn Lager, straight from the other side of the pond.
Feeling fancy? Sample the 90˚ interpretation of the famous Waldorf Salad – cheddar and Brie with rocket, apples and caramelized onions alongside a flight of wine. At £8 for two 125ml glasses, it’s hard to think of an excuse not to.
Diet-busting dishes include cauliflower ‘chicken wings’ (pictured – absolutely delicious) and potato wedges with dips like guacamole and punchy Romescu. There’s a killer brunch menu too – we dropped in on a Sunday afternoon for Pomegranate Mimosas with orange and Cointreau, and some of the best scrambled eggs we’ve sampled in East London. Tossed with spinach, onions and sunblush pesto, they’re served on perfectly chewy bread.
Shakshuka baked eggs (green and red), tofu scrambled eggs and fried cheese balls will satisfy any hangover, and you’ll be surpised how easy it is to find room for French Toast with mascarpone, banana and berries having already deemed yourself full.
For carnivores contemplating a meat-free unknown, 90° Melt is a great starting point. Porridge and smoothie bowls provide healthy breeakfast options, but it’d be criminal to walk out of here with a cheese hangover.
HOW MUCH? It’s Happy Hour every Monday to Friday, 5-7pm – cocktails are £5 and beers from £2.50. And that’s definitely less than it’d cost you in the US…
DETAILS: 90degreemelt.co.uk / 0203 754 5711 / 235 Mile End Road, E1 4AA