One of my favourite things to do when it’s sunny is to go for a walk along the Quayside. Pair that with stopping for lunch somewhere and that’s the icing on the cake!
We hadn’t been to the BALTIC in actual years, so decided to be cultured and view some of the exhibitions (and go to the viewing platform box on Level Five). On our way in, we spotted the BALTIC Kitchen. I knew the BALTIC had a café but had never visited. Usually their top-floor restaurant SIX gets all the attention. As the café was right next to baby-changing facilities we thought it would be a good stop for lunch.
The café is so light and airy with huge floor-to-ceiling glass doors and windows. We could have chosen to eaten outside on the terrace that is only a stone’s throw from the Millennium Bridge, but decided against it. I loved the minimalistic décor and how they had a stack of children’s book that the little ones could help themselves to. My ideas of ‘a perfect café’ are now slowly changing since I’ve had a baby!
There were lots of people dining, which I loved. Families with young children, couples on a date, solo diners sitting with a book, people lazing around with a cup of tea.
The menu features mostly sandwiches, but there was also a cake counter with very delicious and not your run-of-the-mill desserts such as cookie snickerdoodles and a chocolate swiss roll with meringue kisses. I’m definitely popping back for a hot drink and a slice of something sweet soon!
For lunch I ordered a lemon and honey chicken sandwich that came nicely presented with root vegetable crisps. MrJ ordered the smoked salmon and cream cheese bagel which also came with crisps. As a side, we ordered some sweet potato fries, and I’m glad we did as they are the best sweet potato fries I’ve ever had – and I don’t throw the word ‘best’ around easily (or usually put text in bold font!). They were so crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. Too often I’ve had a soggy sweet potato fry!
All in all, with drinks as well, the bill came to £17.90 which I thought was really good for the quality of the food we had. We both loved our sandwiches and the atmosphere. We felt like we could have stayed for hours and the staff wouldn’t have minded. The staff were also spot-on with their service. There was a point when I was reading the menu and said “I wonder what the soup of the day is?” and immediately a server had popped up from nowhere and said “It’s mushroom!”. They were attentive without being overbearing and super friendly.
BALTIC Kitchen is definitely on my go-to places for lunch if you’re in the Quayside. And then afterwards, why not do what we did and get the lift to Level Five for a picture-perfect view of the river and quayside. It made me fall in love with this part of the world all over again.