Respond to Review of CLOSED: POGO Cafe
Review: The bus dropped me off in central Hackney and my A-Z led me down a side street past a few kebab shops and liquor shops across from a slightly dodgy housing estate to the Pogo Cafe. The decor is more student union than restaurant but its very relaxed and welcoming, even for someone dressed in a business suit (which I was). There was only one other customer and the volunteer/staff were lounging around or doing odd jobs around the place in a very relaxed pace. Great music and interesting political art on the walls. The menu was simple enough so I ordered garlic bread and their signature puNk burger. The handed me a corkscrew for me to open my bottle of wine (which I brought) and even gave me a proper glass! My garlic bread was served and turned out to be extremely lovely hearty whole grain fresh bread toasted with a very fresh and garlicky spread on it. Very nice. The puNk burger was served by a dreadlocked chef who treated me like a colleague by engaging me in the conversation that was floating around the room mainly by the staff members. The burger was one of the top veggie burger available in London. Vegan cheese, and a vegetarian rasher on top of a lovely homemade tofu-based burger patty served in a fresh bun and baked chips and a bit of salad on the side. Top marks for the food and even better marks for the great prices. Verdict: great place to eat after a protet march or with your anarchist buddies.