Hubble Bubble is somewhere I’ve wanted to go to for a long time due to their reputation and veggie and vegan options. So I was very excited when my Dad offered (when I told him) to take me for lunch. First of all lets just talk about the feel of the cafe itself. Keeping with the witchy theme cakes and sweets were presented on slate boards and in little labelled jars, the sugar pots were little cauldrons, the menus on the walls were on chalkboard paint and little animal skulls were hung up around the cafe (maybe not what you want to be seeing when you’re ordering your vegan option).
So you take a menu and have to order at the desk, which is fine I don’t mind self-service in a casual place. So after a lot of consideration and when my dad had finished cussing about all of the meat options being covered in bacon or ham (he doesn’t eat pork) we decided what we wanted and went up to order. You also have to collect your knives and forks from the pots which I immediately thought was unhygienic… and they weren’t the cleanest so I cleaned them myself when I got to the table. When ordering firstly they had ran out of salad. Yep salad. The main part of every single dish they serve. And it wasn’t late into the day either it was only 12:30. So that threw us quite a bit.
I ordered the Specialty Bread Ciabatta which was suppose to come with salad which they obviously didn’t have so it was just lettuce, tomato and teaspoon or couscous. I chose the humus, falafel and avocado filling with avocado on the side so my dad could eat it (which they were more than happy to do) and I then added the sweet potato fries. So this sandwich came to £7.90. To accompany I had a Victorian lemonade. Presentation wise it was cute, they had the little mini fryer bowls and the grease proof paper had their logo printed on which was a nice touch.
Okay so now I’m excited this is the food I’ve heard so much about, so I’ve bitten into the sandwich and all i’m getting flavor wise is dry bread. No hummus. No falafel. I actually had to open my sandwich to check that I didn’t just get dry bread. Seriously. If you are someone who makes specialty breads you should know that ciabatta has a holey texture which is great for soaking things up. This is why its great for soups, and strong flavors like garlic butters for a bit of garlic bread. So when you put a very thin, and i mean thin, layer of hummus on it that hummus becomes pointless. You may as well of put nothing on it at all. Now in my whole sandwich was one, yes one, falafel. So at this point now I’m sat here thinking we’ve just spent £7.90 on a dry piece of bread and some cold sweet potato fires.
As I’m dying from dry mouth I decide I’m going to need something to make this meal easier. Mayo. Because our waitress as lovely as she was didn’t ask if we needed any condiments or anything else for that matter I had to go up to the desk in the middle of my meal and ask. Also I’m pretty sure this is the point where my dad pointed out that one of the staff members had white (maybe flour?) hand prints on her bum. My first reaction to this is probably a little similar to yours. Why are you telling me this? why are you looking at her bum? But actually Dad had a valid point. This meant that when she was handling our food she was touching or wiping her hands on her bum. which was pretty nasty especially when she ha d spotless apron around her waist… We also saw the same girl wipe down a table, drop the cloth on the floor and then pick it back up and use it to wipe another one. Gross.
Now if you’ve read any of my previous blog posts you’ll know I love sweet potato fries. Sweet potato fires are bae. And these with a bit more love could of been perfection. Firstly if they were hot they would of been super crispy and secondly if they were seasoned properly they would of mastered the art of the sweet potato fry as the cut and crispy coating was perfect. When I say seasoned properly this is because half way through eating them I discovered rosemary. Rosemary and sweet potato is an amazing and classic combination however I had no clue if it was suppose to be there. On the menu rosemary was mentioned with the normal fries but not the sweet potato, they weren’t evenly coated but right near the bottom was a load of rosemary. So they had either just used unclean hands after handling normal fries (which could of been possible after seeing that one waitress) or just not coated the sweet potato evenly. I personally think if they’re going to do it properly the rosemary would be a nice addition.
Maybe we just went in on a bad day? Just don’t believe the hype.
So a very quick summary and rate (out of 5):
- Allergen menu 1.5
- My Meal 1
- Overall service 1.5
- Worth the money you’re paying? No