And that’s precisely what occurred once we just lately visited Hunter Gatherer at Southsea for the primary time.
It’s a bit gem of a spot that’s been on our radar for a very long time, ever because it opened in 2016.
The enterprise has been in The Information a number of occasions for its occasions however for some cause or one other, the Dish Detective has by no means been in. What a idiot. Why have we been losing our time elsewhere?
This little espresso home/cafe/venue serves specialty espresso from Craft Home Espresso and in addition has a plant-based kitchen that serves an excellent lunch and breakfast menu, plus some attractive muffins.
It’s a laid again form of affair, straying into the hipster territory, with fundamental furnishings and naked picket ground, however don’t let that put you off.
The service is pleasant, and the workers appeared glad to assist and cease for a chat.
It’s slogan is ‘Good espresso ain’t low cost, low cost espresso ain’t good’ so we order two coffees, with plant-based milk, once more don’t let that put you off because the listing of selections is lengthy – who knew they might make milk from sprouts?
The coffees arrive completely crafted, clearly the work of a real barista.
For our meals, we go for a breakfast wrap (£7) which comes with tofu, breakfast potatoes, tomato, avocado, walnut, spinach and chorizo, all neatly bundled in that wrap.
We additionally ordered a facet of breakfast potatoes (£2.50), which come seasoned with cajun spice, and a bowl of Singapore noodles (£8), which is served chilly, however contains rice noodles, marinated tofu, uncooked veg and peanuts.
Each dishes are once more excellently offered, clearly crafted with care, and they’re tasty.
We admit to shying away from cooking with tofu at residence, however right here it’s a completely acceptable a part of the meal.
The veg is crunchy and recent, and the noodles dressed with peanuts give a pleasant style.
It’s a pleasing various to stodgy pub grub. The breakfast potatoes make a pleasant change from chips.
Consuming meals right here makes you are feeling good.
It’s not going to depart you feeling so full you might burst, and it’s not going to depart you feeling sluggish and bloated both.
Hunter Gatherer has a small menu, with breakfast and lunch served all day, and its lighter plant-based dishes make it an ideal spot for brunch.
We spherical off our brunch with a slice of plant-based carrot cake and it’s moist and candy, you wouldn’t know that it was missing dairy.
There are many muffins to selected from too.
We’ve been pleasantly stunned by Hunter Gatherer. It made an excellent spot to satisfy a pal and chat, and we’re excited to see what occasions it’s cooking up too now that restrictions have been eased.
It’s an excellent instance of a small impartial enterprise doing what it does properly.
It’s on the Eastney finish of Albert Highway, two extra steps and also you’ll be in Highland Highway, so it’s away from the road’s fundamental hub, but it surely’s properly price taking the stroll there.
Additionally they have a gradual stream of take-out clients, presumably strolling into city or passing to get to the seashore, which speaks volumes for the standard of its espresso.
Being such a laid again place, there are the inevitable slogans scrawled in locations, chalkboards with snappy sayings, you recognize the form of factor.
Within the bathroom on the wall, in chalk, somebody has written ‘Optimistic Vibes Solely’ – and we expect that’s what this place has oodles of.
Dish Detective will definitely be again for some extra espresso, tofu and optimistic vibes quickly.