This cute café has recently opened by the tube and is a tempting place to grab a hot drink or snack for your commute, but comfortable enough to unwind over coffee or lunch.
The usual tasty offerings are there, but home-made and with a Middle Eastern twist. There are delicious freshly-baked cakes – we can vouch for the beautifully moist lemon drizzle cake and staples like bagels, paninis and baked potatoes.
On the first day of the school holidays daughter and I enjoyed the keenly priced smoked salmon and cream cheese bagel and salad (£3.50) and very yummy “Minnie’s” panini – chicken, mayo, cheese and avocado (£5.50). Minnie also offers Turkish flatbreads and the breakfasts include “The Only Way is Turkish” breakfast featuring sucuk salami as well as olives, eggs, cheeses, salad and simit bread with jam molasses and honey, and the “Cypriot” panini with halloumi, sucuk, cucumber and tomato. The more traditional “High Barnet” breakfast is scrambled eggs with grilled ham on toast for £5.90. There are daily specials, main dishes like mac ‘n’ cheese and lasagne and hot drinks include white hot chocolate or mocha, Turkish coffee and hot Ribena.
The café has a calm, mellow vibe and jazz and blues dominated the playlist on our latest visit. Minnie’s is a welcome addition to this gradually transforming parade of shops with new businesses like Thandy’s Footsteps and the recently spruced up Simplylocal convenience store.
Monday to Saturday: 7am–4.30pm
7D High Street, Barnet, Herts EN5 5UE