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The Whole Meal Cafe

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    ( 9 reviews )
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1 Shubbery Road, Streatham, London, UK, South West London, England, SW16 2AS

Small, quiet cafe seats 38. Offers lunch meals, daily specials, and more. Open Mon-Sun 12:00pm-10:00pm.

Category: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, Beer/Wine

Reviews (9)

First Review by Nickysr

Great Little Cafe - Edit

Visiting here for the first time in early May 2014. This little cafe is located just off Streatham High Street and was pretty busy when we visited at lunchtime. It's definitely a cheap and cheerful cafe affair rather than anything fancier, but the portions are large and tasty. There's a standard menu, a number of daily specials and a good selection of fresh juices. The staff were cheerful and were happy to direct people to the vegan options.

A really good lunchtime option and deserving its popularity.

Pros: Good, hearty portions, Cheap and cheerful, Wide menu and nice staff


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Reliable and friendly - Edit

I've eaten a Wholemeal occasionally for a long time and always found the food good. Its not flashy, its not cheap or expensive. They tend to do simple stuff and they often only have a few vegan options but they're open late and I'd recommend them to anyone coming back from Brighton and not wanting to cook in the evening!

Pros: Good good, friendly staff, papers to read

Cons: Parking can be tricky, Not enough vegan options


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Well it is the only veg place in Streatham - Edit

Haven't met a vegetarian in real life who likes this place yet. There is a vegan choice everyday but it is limited and they are obsessed with cheese and can't seem to figure out how to make vegan cakes or desserts.
Everything is cooked in advance and reheated in a microwave. Some days you get lucky and get one of their two good meals (Nut burgers and Nut crumble probably the best) otherwise it is veggie stew or curry and it tastes the same everytime. The soup is mostly vegan and they make their own bread. It isn't cheap either.
Staff are friendly but mostly not veggie and since they do the cooking it may be the reason for the unimaginative food. There are better non veg places to eat locally which do veg food so I would personally only eat here if a)you refuse to eat in non veg restaurants or b)you haven't eaten here before and you like pretty basic stew/soup/salad sort of food or c) you aren't vegan or d) you can't be bothered to cook and live pretty close and want a healthy takeaway.

Pros: Large portions, Friendly staff, something vegan everyday

Cons: unimaginative food, not cheap, limited vegan options

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Mmmmm... lovely! - Edit

We visited this café/restaurant on a whim - it sounded nice on their website! Really glad we did, the food was delicious and filling. We shared an almond cake sponge pudding which would have been worth the journey on its own! It's a friendly, relaxed place, the staff were helpful and the prices reasonable. We heartily recommend it.

Pros: Good selection, Nice drinks, Delicious dessert

Cons: Not close enough to our flat!, Drinks a little over-priced


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More than a whole meal - Edit

Take a left past KFC off Streatham High Rd and you have found the most restoring place until you get to Boots or maybe the church.
The decor is minimalist French country and chilled/ jazzy music plays in backgound. They played a saxaphone rendition of "All I Wanna Do Is Have Some Fun" once which had a strange effect. Newspaper available. Steady stream of patrons throughout the day. Mostly adults in pairs, small groups and singles. Four seats to a table. It can get quite busy during meal time hours, but I have always been able to get a seat. Calming place to go especially outside of/ on the end of or just before main meal times or on a sort of quiet day, day or night.
There is a repertoire of items that are rotated and the blackboard menu changes daily with about three of these being available each day. Consistently available are items such as hommity pie, some sort of stew with rice, burger and salad, there are also some Thai curries from time to time. One of the managers/ owners is of Thai background. Desert mainstay is banoffee pie - cool, creamy and light although the last effect is lost after eating a whole serving. Other desserts available on the day might include fruit crumble. Extensive array of beverages available including organic fizzy drinks, wine and tea and coffee. Helpings are hearty, packed with fresh, varied vegetables or banana in case of banoffee pie which I had. Wholesome, filling and good!
Staff is spare yet adequate with often one person on the floor.
Great value as you will be totally full with a main meal, at about seven pounds. They do not request service charge either!
I must try the green Thai curry which has so far eluded me!

Pros: Healthy food, restoring space/ poss chill there , great value

Cons: Wish they would expand menu , wish Thai things would be avail more oft


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Grey-t stuff - Edit

I don't know why the sign outside is boring grey because the food is vibrant, colourful, wholseome and tasty.
This small, friendly cafe is a blessed relief from grotty Streatham High Road. There isn't a big choice for vegans but the food is really good. There's always a hearty vegan special on - it's usually a curry or a casserole with loads of rice - and the belly-busting portions will leave little room for dessert. They also do smaller portions for the faint-hearted.
And you can wash it all down with a selection of juice or booze. My only gripe is regarding the self-indulgent jazz they keep playing.

Pros: Good food, Big portions

Cons: Dreadful music


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Fresh home cooking - Edit

Great traditional style healthy veggie cafe with at least one vegan option each day. Their salad bowls are a meal in themselves. I always get some as a take-out if I have had a hard week at work and don't want to cook on a Friday night! They have 3 or 4 fresh mains each day, one option always vegan and serve good hearty veggie staples such as Homity Pie, casseroles and freshly made Humous. The staff are always polite and friendly and the vegan crumble with soya custard is yummy!

Pros: home-made, flavoursome, well priced


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