on sunday i and i had decided to spend the day in a café, just like we used to do last year when we were post-graduates. the trial and subsequent disappointment of charlotte was borne of that. when my stomach decided to dictate its hunger i and i decided it was time to abandon the comfy couch and search for something different. since we were so close to portobello road i took out my moleskin for a consult on what i had penned down for that area. on my list appeared café garcia so off we went to the end of portobello road to try out this place.
attached to café garcia is a delicatessen which stocks spanish and italian foods. i found her favorite childhood biscuits and i came out with a jar of dulce de leche made in argentina. but before our trip to the delicatessen we had sat in the café itself which has a modest menu – there is paella and ceviche and some empadanas with different fillings. the sweet counter comprises a display of flans, churros and some other spanish sweets. on a table across from us two little girls sat drinking a rich dark hot chocolate but sadly i was so full on the disappointing brunch buffet that i didn’t have a partner in crime to halve my guilt with. i did however eat the paella which was warm and satisfying which a strong meaty flavor of chicken and a sweet edge of red peppers. the hot chocolate of course demands another visit but that isn’t the only thing that we will be returning to café garcia for.