Kindness & Co
Food 7 / 10
Drink 6 /10
Atmos 7 / 10
Kindness & Co Closed Down January 2019.
The Longer Read We visited when Kindness & Co was finishing its first week of trading. The cafe is just over the road from Boston Tea Party – the pleasant owner* was outside, meeting the people and talking them through the menu. The cafe is awaiting a few finishing touches on the signage front, but Kindness & Co was already pretty busy. The basic premise is nutritional food. It’s not vegetarian, but there’s definitely a strong leaning towards vegetarian and vegan food. If you want to sum up the feel, it’s mini Daylesford but, I would say, with less pretentiousness.
So, here we have a small cafe (circa 25 seats downstairs). Walk in, then either up a few steps to the food bar to order, or downstairs to the dining room, a basement womb-room in Scandi-colours. Spotless, as you’d expect from a new cafe. Clientele is smart, mixed age, lap-tops a go go.
The menu breaks down into Kindness for Breakfast and Kindness for Lunch. Breakfast is porridge or toast with appropriate toppings/additions (good gluten free options). Lunch revolves around substantial salads, plus a chicken or fish or veggie protein choices. There’s a daily hot meal special and soup of the day.
The salad options were slightly ravaged after a busy lunch service (they’ll sort that out in time, no doubt) and so I had a very satisfying sweet potato, coconut and chilli soup with seedy bread. The soup was beautifully spiced. Also a flat white (which was perfectly OK, but not quite of the standard of the food) and a pistachio and oat bar. It was good to see an attractive choice of cakes free from refined sugar.
Lunch was £11 and lived up to the ‘nutritious’ premise in a genuine way, rather than popping a few leaves on the plate.
*Having said that I met the owner, I’d better point out that Kindness & Co runs on an employee shareholder basis, with decisions made collectively. That might explain why the staff (partners?) were so up for it. Think John Lewis.