If you’ve never been Partisan is a lovely independent cafe where most of the furniture and objects are also for sale! I only bought my lunch however, so I can’t comment on anything other than the amazing food. It’s open 7 days a week 9-5 but also for casual dining on Thursday, Friday & Saturday evenings.
As soon as you walk in you are welcomed not only by the sight of the friendly staff but also by a huge and delicious looking range of cakes and bakes (many of which I noticed were also GF). Partisan does operate on a table sharing basis, so if you are in a 2 you might have to share on a table for 4 with another couple. On this occasion my friend & I didn’t but I don’t think it would have been a huge problem as long as they didn’t join in our conversation too much…I always find that a bit awkward!
The hardest part about a visit to Partisan is deciding what to eat. This was my second visit and having already tried the Aubergine Parmigiana (one of my favourite dishes that I nearly always have if I see it on a menu) I was keen to try one of the extensive egg dishes. I spent sometime thinking I should try the Bibimbap, which is Partisan’s take on the Korean Classic but I don’t know how I feel about kimchi (as in I think it might be one of the very few things I don’t like), so in the end I settled on Shaskshuka which was a sizzling skillet of baked eggs in a tomato and roasted pepper sauce, sprinkled with feta and sumac. Alongside it were two chunks of Haxby Bakehouse sour dough.
Well it was a really, really tasty lunch dish and the portion size was just right. Well I say that, I did find room for a cake! Rather than traumatize the lovely waitress into remembering all the cakes, we wandered back down to the front of the cafe to drool over the cakes again. I settled on a Louise Cake with was a light sponge base, dulce de leche, meringue and toasted coconut flakes. It was light and sweet and basically like eating coconut clouds – not that I’ve ever done that but I would imagine it would be fun.
In all honesty I think I would be happy eating ANYTHING on the menu here. It is a fantastic, bustling, vibrant lunch venue and also I noticed, it caters really well for vegetarians.
☕️ Lunch for one with cake & two hot drinks: £17.50
🎉 My Highlight: Hard to just come up with one, as I love this place, but I think it has to be that everything is homemade and slightly unique. It is good quality, well cooked, honest food.
🍴 If I could change one thing… Well it would be impossible but if I could I just make it a bit bigger, but still it is friendly and a lovely building and it kind of does add to its charm 😀
Restaurant details: www.partisanuk.com