Kin Cafe

  • Vegetarian Vegetarian
    ( 11 reviews )

22 Foley St, London, England, W1W 6DT

Breakfast raw bircher muesli and not-blt sandwich; lunch salads and a daily vegan special; selection of vegan muffins and cakes throughout the day (from local baker); plus hot drinks, juices, espresso, filter coffee, tea, and soda. Almond milk and Bonsoy available. Has Wi-Fi. Open Mon-Fri 7:30am-5:30pm, Sat 10:00am-5:00pm.

Category: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, Western, Fast food, Take-out, British

Reviews (11)

First Review by CharlieMeadows

niiiice - Edit

Nice place
Nice people
Good food

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Inconsistent - Edit

Overview: First time - amazed; second time - disappointed.

The first time I went to Kin for breakfast, I went home absolutely raving about it and told my partner that he had to accompany me next time. With Kin closed on the weekends this just wasn't an option unfortunately.

I have had vegan tofu eggs in several different places and they've never been memorable or exciting... but I had the polenta eggs at Kin and oh my goodness I don't think I can rave about them enough. The flavour was amazing and not the easiest to replicate at home (unlike all tofu eggs I've ever had). I added avocado which I would recommend others do too (though I am just generally obsessed with avocados).

My vegetarian friend got the mexican style eggs and was happy with his choice. My non-dairy latte was curdled (can't remember if it was soy or almond) but I was fine overlooking this as I was thoroughly enjoying my polenta and I know that a lot of people struggle with getting non dairy milk to look good in a latte.

Fast forward to Kin announcing they would be open on Saturday! I was so excited and made my partner come with me.

They didn't have the polenta eggs on their Saturday Brunch menu so I went for the "Vegan Pot Roast" while my vegetarian partner went for the savoury pancake. Neither of us were happy with our food.

The vegan pot roast had listed what would be in it (potato, mushroom, tomato...) but I thought that these would be the sides and the main thing would be some vegan take on a pot roast. The main element was a giant slab of american style hash browns. And everything was smothered in this cream with tons of dill that started to make me feel a bit sick halfway through my food.

The staff were lovely and they did offer me a free juice when something went awry causing the kitchen to not see my order until my partner was halfway through his. But given how few people were in there maybe they could've figured out something was up sooner?

My partner has no desire to return. I might try again in hopes of recreating my first experience there. (Maybe their baked goods are where it's at?)

Pros: Good Style/vibe, Friendly Staff, POLENTA EGGS

Cons: Inconsistent Food (some boring/bland), Non-Dairy Coffee Curdling

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CharlieMeadows 06 Oct 2016 - Hi Viva The Vegan,

Firstly may I introduce myself as Charlie, I'm the owner here at Kin.

I would like to start by thanking you for your positive review of your first visit, it's always great to hear when someone has such a pleasant experience and I'm glad we made this happen.

Moving on, I'm very sorry that your second visit on a Saturday didn't come close to matching your first in terms of both the food and service. It's a shame that the fact that the dish you ordered perhaps wasn't communicated or presented clearly enough on the menu and/or by whoever was serving you. It is in fact a vegan potato rosti, however again my apologies that you understood it differently.

Though this is by no means an excuse, but we have only just very recently started trialling out Saturdays, so the menu and service structure are all very much new to us and therefore have required a degree of tweaking and amending accordingly to improve. My utmost apologies again that unfortunately your experience may have been compromised as a result of this.

I can assure you that everything is now running a lot smoother on Saturdays and do hope that you'll consider visiting us again soon.

Thanks again for taking the time to write such valuable feedback.

Kind regards,


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bad everything - Edit

Very thin Pancake had half a cup of syrup. Forgot avocado toast. I had to remind them to give money back for unserved toast.

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Very good! - Edit

Aaah Kin Cafe..Delicious food, good atmosphere, friendly staff, whats not to like! We got the humus sandwich, bertroot salad, mushroom pie and -lets not forget- their carrot/apple/pineapple juice which tastes Heavenly!! Great cafe for lunch, didnt got to taste their breakfast but surely it is good like the rest.

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Ok vegan breakfast, but not great - Edit

I had the cooked beans on toast, the raw cocounut mash with berries and a hot chocolate drink.

The toast was good, the mash was wrongly balanced (10% instead of 30% berries), and the drink wasn't properly made.

All the best:)

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CharlieMeadows 11 Feb 2016 - Hi Victor,

Thanks for taking the time to leave feedback of your visit, this is always appreciated.

I'm sorry your visit wasn't entirely positive, we are increasing our berry to bircher ratio moving forwards. Regarding the hot chocolate, could you elaborate a little bit on how it wasn't properly made? I am glad you enjoyed the beans on toast.

Thanks again,


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breakfast - Edit

Great place, lovely food, friedlich staff

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Great breakfast and lunch option! - Edit

Kin cafe' is a great option for breakfast and lunch: the breakfast options include a vegan sandwich, different every day (tofu scramble, vegan BLT with coconut 'bacon', etc...), bircher, various muffins and cakes. Lunch has a great salad selection to choose from. You can also get any drink you like with almond or other non dairy milk and the environment, clean and simple, is ideal for a mid morning meeting or chat with friends. As a veggie cafe' in central London, Kin deserves your custom!!!

Pros: Vegan sandwich every breakfast, Selection of vegan cakes, Good salad selection for lunch

Cons: Not open weekends!

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Just lovely - Edit

Tried this twice for breakfast whilst on a trip to London, Simple food but very delicious. Avocado on toast yum, home made beans on toast yum, fancy jam on toast yum, fantastic coffee, wonderful vegan cakes. Great atmosphere relaxed. Only negative is they are not open on the weekends.

Pros: vegan options, vegan breakfast, clean

Cons: not open weekends, no vegan butter alternative

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Happy breakfast ! - Edit

Warm welcome, I really appreciated that the owner took the time to explain us everything and the content of each plate on the counter. Too bad they have very few vegan options. But at least they have several types of vegan milks. I had a yummy rawnola and hot chocolate for 6 GBP which I consider to be fair for a breakfast. Savoury (and good looking) options also available.
Updated from previous review on Wednesday November 12, 2014

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London's best & Classiest Little Vegan/Vege Cafe! - Edit

DO NOT MISS THIS PLACE! The food here is some of the tastiest and most creative vegan food I've tasted in central London. I'm addicted to the 'cheesie' tofu scrabble they serve in the morning, the vegan bircher muesli,; even the beans on toast are homemade and taste amazing! DONT BE FOOLED BY THE TITLES; the food here is anything but dull. The chef here is clearly super talented and puts a trendy, modern, tasty twist on staid traditional dishes. There are still some 'run of the mill' standard sandwiches etc, but I hope they expand the creative fare which, when Londoners (vegetarian or not!) properly discover it, will make the place a top spot and separate it from the hundreds of other modern cafes in the area. Amazing place and super friendly, cool staff to boot! 100% recommended

Pros: Creative 21st century twist on dishes, Rich, tasty flavours to explore, Big on creativity

Cons: Some commonplace dishes creeping in

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Great place - Edit

Great little spot with excellent coffee, tasty food and friendly staff. One of my regular haunts for lunch

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