La Tea Doh
Tiny but impeccably well-stocked Southside deli with counter-style serving for fresh baking and savouries
A petite but stacked-to-the-rafters neighbourhood deli, selling everything from Yorkshire pudding mix to Belgian wafers, La Tea Doh has improbably managed to squeeze in some seating for a limited but appealing dine-in menu. Coronation chicken comes on a squashily-fresh floured ciabatta with luminous, fruity sauce but is, rather like the deli, a bit on the small side and over too soon, as is the wee crisp garnish. Breakfast options are what this place is great for, with warm brioche piled with scrambled egg and cheese, hearty enough to set you up for most the day. Finish with a homemade honey and oat biscuit (stick-to-the-teeth sweet and gone in three bites) or cute mini marzipan fruits. La Tea Doh is exactly the sort of place you'd be happy to find on your street, handy for pop-in snacks and take-home groceries.
- High point: Shelves packed with foodie impulse purchases
- Low point: No side salad or extras with sandwich
This long-standing café inhabits a small but beautifully balanced space, where you can feel real love and passion for food in every aspect of design and sourcing. Menus are short, well-thought out and updated often, boasting toasted focaccia, wraps and ciabattas, freshly baked cakes and puddings. A chocolate and orange pudding cake is well composed, with a satisfying dose of dark chocolate, while the chilli cheese sandwich combines a tasty dry cheddar with in-house salsa to great effect. Appreciation of the locally sourced ingredients and creative approach to the menus is enhanced by the well-stocked shelves filled with good eating ideas. All the enjoyment of fine food and tranquil settings without the la ti da.
- Provides: Children's portions, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Capacity: 8 (plus 8 outside)
- Open since: 1997