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The Calabash of Culture

#43 of 17,848 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
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21 Sydenham Road, London SE26 5EX, England
+44 7718 480821
Mon - Wed 12:00 - 20:00
Thu 12:00 - 22:00
Sat 12:00 - 22:00
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London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The food is excellent I should say that straight off, and it's fresh, which means it can take a while for you to actually get it after ordering. My step father is vegan and the rest of the family are vegetarian and we all thoroughly enjoyed the food, which just felt like edible health (in a good way, you feel... More 

Thank EldreddChester
London, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The food, whilst tasty, is pretty expensive for the portions you get. We waited over an hour for our food to come with a half-hearted apology. Drinks orders were missed. I lost count with the number of times I had to ask when the food will be coming. There were only 4 tables in the cafe, who seemed to be... More 

Thank Jodypody
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Gorgeous combos of grains, main and salads. Scrummy flavours with plenty of spice and a welcoming, warm atmosphere. Perfect!

Thank voyster
1 review
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The food, service and atmosphere was exquisite. I would have given them 6 stars had it been an option! I was a proffessional chef for 5 years working in all manner of establishments and never have i had the pleasure to be able to indulge in both culture fine ital cuisine and a good natural atmosphere all at once! Definetly... More 

Thank bowser B
London, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

excellent food prepared with love by Raa. wonderful selection of health foods and drinks. fair prices. down to earth and relaxed vibes accompanied by music to sooth the soul.

1 Thank sarah_hebi
London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The food was good; fresh and tasty; the salted brownie terrific. Four of us went. Two adults, two children. We all agreed that the service was simply poor. The staff pointed to the fact that the place was busy; but that was no excuse for the lengthy delays. I am afraid that we all agreed we would not go again,... More 

2 Thank LesterNelson
Level Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very nice small place. Good atmosphere with nice but not disturbing music. We felt very relaxed from the moment we've entered the place. Staff and the owner were very polite and welcoming. Menu has small, medium and large positions - this gives you a chance to try more than one of the dishes from the menu, which is always a... More 

2 Thank Anna J
Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I'm a vegan who is pretty health, fitness and nutrition obsessed, and am always on the lookout for healthy, unprocessed options. The Calablash of Culture serves simple, healthy and tasty food. I had the chickpea dish was warming and delicious, I also enjoyed the cauliflower rice which was fantastic! The real highlight however, was dessert! I had the raw salted... More 

2 Thank rachaele88
London, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A natural cultured setting is present as you walk into the establishment located at the centre of the bustling Sydenham high street. Great music will be playing causing you to have your Shazam app open on standby. Whilst waiting for your food the intellectual collection of books on the shelf and trinkets available to purchase will keep you occupied. The... More 

2 Thank dehalkiran
London, England, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 April 2017

Great vegan menu. Not a massive menu but all very good. the restaurant has an Informal friendly atmosphere.

1 Thank Tony C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$6 - US$16
Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Takeout, Reservations, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Digital Payments, Free Wifi
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
12:00 - 20:00
12:00 - 20:00
12:00 - 20:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 21 Sydenham Road, London SE26 5EX, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London
  • Phone Number: +44 7718 480821
The Calabash of Culture is A creative social environment promoting local artistry & cultural diversity of the community- encouraging a healthier lifestyle, serving gourmet natural foods. A delightful mixture of bean dishes, curries, and stews, with tasty fresh salads and irresistible desserts. Soothies to soothe away ailment - from migraine to indigestion, Fresh juice with all its nutritional value i.e no water added. Events - live music : Every 2nd Friday - THE FOLK SESSIONS -£3 entry MONTHLY SCREENINGS - free ...and more to come... B.Y.O.B for evening dining and events.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?