This week has been rather strange. While I should have been having a relaxing time and eating lots of lovely food in preparation for our walk along the Thames, on Saturday, instead I’ve been in the pub the whole time, and been missing meals left, right and centre.


Today, I tried to put things back on track with a trip to Waka, a little café on North Castle Street, for an early lunch.

I was so early, in fact, that they only had one of their daily choice of two soups ready. That made my life easier, of course, so I was happy with that.


The place is compact and bijou, with space for just a couple of tables. I imagine that they do most of their business as takeaway. And with their lunchtime offer of £3 for soup and a filled roll, I’m guessing they do a pretty good trade.

From the wide selection of pre-made rolls, all of which looked pretty good, I opted for a tomato, fresh mozzarella and basil pesto brown roll, to go with my tomato soup.

Once back at the office, I quickly checked the warmth of the soup (surprisingly good considering how relatively far the walk back to the office was), then turned my attention to the roll.


It was fresh and soft, and the filling was packed with flavour and full of classic satisfaction. I was pleased with it.

The soup was nicely judged, too. It was restrained and light, rather than drifting off in to over-sweetness. It could have used a little extra body, but it did the job very nicely.

So overall, I thought Waka was rather good. Their £3 lunch deal represents very good value, so I’d happily stop in for another visit. If you’re in the neighbourhood and looking for a good, cheap lunch option, I’d suggest that this place will neatly serve your needs.


Blythe scores Waka
3.5/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
3/5 for service
3/5 for setting
giving an overall 13/20

Today’s quester was: Blythe

I ate: tomato soup; tomato, mozzarella and basil roll

I drank: nowt

I wore: navy three piece

Total bill: £3

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Written by BKR