Today I picked up my sister who truly looked the part. Like a little Imp. A little fairy with a mischievous grin and a cute winter hat. To the Imp we went.
We were originally aiming for breakfast but due to my dawdling we got there for lunch only. I must be honest and say that the breakfast menu was far more fetching then the lunch one. I was dying to try the sour dough with cream cheese and dates. But this would have to be another day. Or maybe I will just make this at home....
The Imp is a nice little set up. Lots of exposed brick and wood. A good style although Gabs and I both thought there was a lack of art work. It could have been quite a creative space and being that The Imp is so close to Curtain Uni I am sure there is no shortage of destitute art students hoping beyond hope to sell a few pieces for next to nothing. If it were my cafe I would view a few works and turn the bare walls into a mini gallery. But thats just me.
Now I am thinking the The Imps forte is its coffee because the two long macs that we ordered were lovely. Gabrielle's was traditional and mine was topped up. I don't want to stereotype but it was very comforting to hear an older gentleman, clearly a regular, order a coffee in a very thick Italian accent. Italians don't stuff around. The coffee here was surely a winner.
So the food. What can I say. Well I'll start with Gabrielle's sandwich. Pulled pork with pickles and chilli on turkish bread, served with chutney. Looked ok. Lots of bread though. All Gab's said about it was that it was spicy and frankly I am of the opinion that if someone is impressed by their meal there are a few other descriptions other than spicy being thrown around.
My meal was the Soba Noodles with Enoki and chilli. Honestly I should have known better. Ok so the strengths of the dish were that it was very healthy and had a clean raw food feel to it. But it lacked in flavour of any sort except the undeniable taste of seaweed which was not mentioned on the menu. Seaweed salad is something that is tolerable as a side at best. At least these are my thoughts, which seem relevant, as it was my meal. I cant stress enough the importance of mentioning things like this on a menu. I couldn't finish my salad. It is rare for me to not want to eat something and maybe there is someone out there that hates flavour who would adore this dish. For me though it was not ok.
I dont want people to not visit The Imp because of our underwhelming experience however. As I said the coffee was great and by the looks of the deserts they seriously know what they are doing with their cakes. Visit for coffee and something sweet. I will be going back for this myself. I will be avoiding lunch but if the name is anything to go by perhaps they specialise in the slightly naughtier dishes and not the healthy lunch staples.