I’ve written about Blend before, one of my favourite coffee shops with its Antipodean style coffee, Danish furniture and great brunches.

At dinner time at the moment the flavour changes a lot: laksa outfit Sambal Shiok have taken a residency.

I ate there in November (I said I had a backlog, right?).  The menu says “Ask for your laksa to be regular spicy, otherwise it will be served SUPER SPICY by default.”  I loved this.


It was nicely challenging and I wouldn’t have traded down to regular spicy, though I recommend making sure you have a full pitcher of water and a couple of tissues on hand (yes, I had another winter sniffle at the time – spicy food is a good but somewhat violent remedy).

I just stopped in for the laksa, but there are coconut rice plates, some tasty looking snacks and a few kids’ options too – which judging from the noise coming from the back of the room were being heartily enjoyed.  I had the veg laksa which came in a vegetarian broth.

Reading over the menu as I write this post, I see that they deliver via Deliveroo.  They also do collection.  And their website advises that if you arrive early (before 6:30) you will get 25% off in January.  Booking advised – especially as Jay Rayner recently gave it the thumbs up.

Sambal Shiok
Blend Cafe, 587 Green Lanes, Harringay N8 0RG