This may be the last review on here of the Alkarmel cafe as the owner told me that it would be rebranded as 'The Rhythm Pot' from July 2014. Unfortunately, a lack of veggie customers means that they will have to start serving meat in addition to the vegetarian and vegan options.
This is a shame, but let's not blame the owner - she was very keen to keep it veggie. If it had been supported locally then it would remain veggie, but without that support it would have had to close. A lesson for us all to make sure we support our local veggie restaurants.
The Alkarmel is a basic cafe with a number of changing daily items. When we went there was lasagne, chilli, coconut curry, sweet potato pie, salad etc. I had a bit of a few things and it was all tasty. The portion was huge and we were charged £10 for our two meals and two drinks. Ridiculously cheap.
The cafe is in a relatively quiet residential area of Clapham and was quiet when we were there. It's nice inside; quite basic, but with nice art on the walls.
I wish the new place good luck; hopefully by enticing the carnivores to try veggie food.