Recess will give you a dose of primary school nostalgia. The theme even extends to their menus. The cafe is a welcome addition to Bank Street, with a focus on healthy food.
The menu is inspired by the robust, nourishing food of Yotam Ottolenghi and Sydney-turned-Brooklyn chef Hetty McKinnon. Salads are the centrepiece: there’s a Thai larb; orecchiette with greens, provolone and chilli oil; and blackened cauliflower with pomegranate and baba ganoush. An egg-and-bhaji brekkie naan has proven popular already, and there’s also haloumi and pumpkin hummus on focaccia. All of the breads are baked in-house. Fresh juices and coffee (Soho’s Dark Horse blend) round out the menu.
The space is small but thoughtfully designed. It’s equal parts warm and airy with plenty of white tiles, wood panelling, vintage-style lights and indoor plants. A custom-built La Marzocco espresso machine has pride of place on the front counter.
Everything is served to-go at Recess – though there are a few stools for a pit stop – but you won’t find any takeaway plastics. The team has a keen interest in sustainability: the coffee cups and salad bowls are fully compostable, and all other packaging items are recyclable. HuskeeCups – reusable cups made from the husks of coffee beans – are available over the counter.