The feeling of the wind in your hair as you peddle, peddle, peddle…. the thrill of independence and the joy of steering your own way. These are the childhood pleasures of a tricycle, and perhaps some of the qualities hinted at by a cafe going by that name.
Or the name might have been chosen simply because a tricycle is a beautiful thing. Check out that image above. It’s from a 1974 publication called The Tricycle Book but the illustrator appears to have met my little guys! My ginger-boy, in particular, is a fanatical tricyclist.
Tricycle cafe is nestled in amongst the galleries and artsy shops at the Salamanca Arts Centre and has the Peacock Theatre as its backdrop. It’s not a huge cafe and –happily– seems to be fully occupied much of the time. In addition to the local arts organisations that need to be regularly caffeinated, the scene around this area is really touristy (in a good way).
Knowing already that the coffee here is good, I asked about the tea here today and learnt that the brand served is The Art of Tea, a local tea company that I have mentioned before. I ordered some lemongrass and ginger tea and it arrived with some parsnip cake and a fig friand. Oops!
Everything was presented beautifully. It doesn’t seem like a huge point but I think it’s an important, if old-fashioned, part of tea service. My tea arrived in a vintage enamel pot which is just what I love. My fig friand was delicate, delicious. And I appreciate a vintage souvenir cake fork too.
(And I hear you asking about parsnip cake? Weird, huh? It was moist and sweet and unexpectedly good).
The lemongrass and ginger tea was sweet and warming. Ginger was the dominant flavour, in a fresh and gingerbready way, not in a stir-fry way (I know how ridiculous that sounds). In contrast to some lemongrass tea that I have tasted, there was no woody flavour, which I suspect is also due to freshness. So once again I have a positive response for The Art of Tea.
I look forward to future visits to Tricycle. In the meantime I’ll be spending a lot of time chasing one or two of them around.