Hugo Warner, who used to be behind the Benugo group – the chain which has something of an armlock on museum catering in the capital – has just opened a café on Broadway Market. Market Café’s emphasis is on casual-dining. The menu focuses mainly on Italian food, with savouries for snackers (truffled rarebit, white onion soup, kidneys on toast) doubling as preludes for mains such as leek and cheddar pie, shoulder of lamb and a special of steak Florentine for two. Pasta is made on the premises while bread comes from the E5 Bakehouse. Generally, given the carefully casual surroundings – formica tables, enamel bowls, retro light fittings, rose-trailed wallpaper – prices are perhaps a bit high. But the area’s loungey clientele like that casualness, along with the café/bar/restaurant hybridity. Market Café’s pavement tables tend to get rammed at weekend peak times. Ruth Jarvis
For info, see Market Café listing.