The Whippet might be Linden’s most popular meeting spot. It’s where cyclists, runners and business folk converge for a morning coffee or breakfast. Despite having tables both inside and out, the restaurant is often a full house and therefore doesn’t take bookings.
Though they serve breakfast and lunch, you can’t go wrong with the former – think everything from classic breakfasts of omlets, croissants with a selection of toppings and fillings, and benedicts. The Hot Cross Bun French toast is a standout. It’s dipped in cinnamon and vanilla batter, pan-fried until golden, and drizzled with maple syrup.
Else opt for the Indian-spiced green chilli and coconut scrambled eggs with lime-spiked yoghurt, fresh coriander and shaved coconut served with naan bread. There’s also a breakfast burger with a smashed barbecue burger patty, crispy bacon, cheddar cheese, fried onion, tomato jam and a soft free-range egg on a toasted English muffin.
For lunch, there’s a selection of salads, hot pressed melts, burgers, light lunches and flatbreads.
Mouthwatering options include a fennel-spiced pork melt with parsley, garlic and chilli pork meatballs cooked in a homemade tomato sauce and served in a fresh baguette. Vegetarians will appreciate the Naked Burger, which comprises a mozzarella filled veggie patty, tempura avocado slices, pickled red onion, zucchini and peppers served on a bed of fresh burger garnish.
Dessert changes daily. As you walk in the door, take a peek at the freshly baked selection, which can include anything from rich and moist chocolate cake to traditional milk tart.
The coffee is a unique blend of Costa Rican and Ethiopian beans roasted specifically for The Whippet by Stil Coffee in Northriding. Milkshake combinations of peanut espresso or dark chocolate cream and peanut butter or Cape Strawberries and vanilla will satisfy that sweet tooth. Or try one of their designer hot chocolates such as the marshmallow mocha or the pumpkin spice flavour. And if you’re after something stronger, there’s a tempting array of cocktails and mimosas such as jasmine ginger, coconut vanilla or pear and pomegranate. Craft beers, ciders, red and white wine, and bubbly are on offer, too.
Service is efficient but not overbearing.
Don’t be intimated by the hustle, bustle and sometimes queues outside the eatery – it might be a popular spot but once you get inside and find a seat, The Whippet is a comfortable, cosy and friendly refuge.
As far as possible, The Whippet, sources ingredients from local suppliers.
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