Don's Cafe, CR0 1RG
- 10 Surrey Street, CR0 1RG
- Mon-Sat: 7am-5pm; Sun: 8am-4pm
Small greasy spoon cafe on Surrey Street Market in central Croydon.
The decor is traditional greasy spoon — formica tables with fixed seats attached to them. A small open kitchen produces a wide variety of meals including the expected range of all-day breakfasts and other more lunch-friendly foods. The breakfasts are a typical example of the genre — you won't find organic bacon or free range eggs or anything remotely posh on offer here. The customers include local tradesmen, which can only be taken as a sign of quality to those who appreciate a good greasy spoon.
There are 5 or 6 set breakfast plates available, but they're happy to remove or add things as you wish, and the prices for extras are clearly advertised. Breakfasts come with a mug of tea or coffee and a choice of bread and butter or toast.
Robbie and colleagues tried out the breakfast options in May 2009. The sausages were basic but functional, though the bacon was nicely cooked — just crisping up around the edges, but not dry. The hashbrowns came from a packet, as did the chips, though both were acceptable. The fried mushrooms were good though.
In June 2013, Kake's cup of tea was 70p, though it didn't come "very weak" as requested but rather "very milky", which is not the same thing.
When Kake and Toby visited on a Bank Holiday Monday in August 2019, it was around a third full at 12:15pm. Toby was pleased with the cheese toastie photo. Kake's beans and cheese on toast with a side of bacon photo was fine except that one of the slices of bread was a crust which had partially dried out, making it impossible to cut through. We paid £6.80 in total.
The staff were friendly on all our visits, though the service is, as you would expect, somewhat basic.
Accessibility: A step to get in. Tables and seats are fixed to the floor. There's a wide and uncluttered aisle from the door to the service counter, which possibly leaves enough room to pull up a small wheelchair or park a small pram at the end of one of the tables (but not definitely — we haven't checked). The toilet is through a sliding door and up a flight of steep, narrow stairs.