Breakfast at Pavilion Cafe & Bakery, London

There’s always places you see on Instagram that you drool over, screenshot and vow to go to. Pavilion Cafe in Victoria Park was one of those places.
Since it’s nowhere near where I live (in fact, it’s ridiculously far away), it’s impossible for it to be one of those spontaneous trips, sadly. However, we were going to Holi Festival at Cinnamon Kitchen  so this was a mere half an hour from that. Boy and I got ourselves up and ready to feast.
As I mentioned, it’s right near the front of Victoria Park.

If you sit outside, you’re right on the gorgeous lake.

I was super sneaky and slid my way into a couple of seats by the lake. This was going to be a great Instagram picture.

Unfortunately, my plans were twisted for the worse when I hadn’t anticipated how bloody cold it was outside. It wasn’t a nice day. It was cloudy and windy, and I was shaking like the frozen little half-Asian I was.

We had to go inside to order, anyway. As soon as I left, the seats were snapped up. Vultures (like I can talk).

It’s not only a cafe, but a bakery too. There were fresh bread and cakes all around.

I popped myself down and waited for a stool seat facing the lake.

Well, facing the people facing the lake.

Then we pounced.

I think I remember us quarrelling a little that morning. I can’t really remember what about. Maybe I was angry that he ordered a lunch item instead of breakfast and ruined my Instagram shot (just kidding obvs he can order what he likes).

He went for the Sri Lankan, which was an egg and potato curry, coconut sambal, dahl, and string hoppers. He said it was absolutely deeeee-licious!

I forgot to mention that on the way there, we picked up some coffees and pain au chocolat’s for the journey (it was quite a long journey there. Well, a long Uber drive). So since I wasn’t at my peak of hunger, I went for the Avocado on Toast, topped with a poached egg.

I was a little upset that I didn’t order the pancakes that I’d been dreaming about for so long, but I wouldn’t have been able to finish it and it would’ve been a waste (I hate wasting food so much, one of my pet peeves. Another is the term ‘pet peeve’). I spoke to Ming about it and she was just as appalled, but probably annoyed we went without her. We will come back when it is SUNNY and SIT BY THE LAKE with our PANCAKES and it will be the BEST DAY EVER.

It’s not as if we didn’t enjoy our food. We did. A lot.

Highly recommended to anyone at Victoria Park, and it’s worth the mission up here if you have to. It’s nothing fancy, but a great atmosphere and is sure to put you in a good mood.

We decided to walk around the park for a bit before Holi started. It was full of runners, bench cuddlers (brave, considering how cold it was), kids and dogs.

Check out that little kid throwing the entire slice of toast when feeding the fish. I laughed for a solid 5 minutes at how adorable that was.
I then became a child as Boy took work phone calls and I ran onto the swings. There was a GIANT swing that loads of kids were playing on and I really wanted to go but was too scared, since I may either be told to get off, whack a kid in the face or be seen as a massive creep.

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