One of my favourite places for coffee. The only downside for me is that I live *just* too far away to make this a regular haunt. Consequently, I tend to only come here in the summer when the walk is pleasant and nice. When I arrive, this coffee shop's popularity is there for the world to see as people drink their coffee beverages on seats on the pavement outside and inside at communal tables.
The coffee is first class - made with love and care and square mile beans. The cakes are good as well. If you do sit inside, you get to admire the decor which is done by artists and is rotated regularly. What is not to like?
OH TINA! You have saved me.
I am in the midst of moving house. This involves: no WiFi at home, and massive amounts of trawling up and down and around Dalston to source wonderful items of household joy such as toilet brushes, bins and doormats.
Rest assured, i am generally not having fun.
However, prompted by the same sign that Mei L. saw, I popped by for a coffee and a quick snark of their internets. I've been here for 2 hours, had three (very, very good) lattes and watched their current exhibiting artist painting his mural on the stark white interior of the cafe. It's looking good to say the least, and the outlook for the afternoon is considerably improved.
The people running this little oasis are super friendly, and seem to have endless conversation, which is good in an area when anything vaguely stylish seems to be overrun by those with their finger so on the pulse that maybe their own hearts have stopped beating.
Tina is peeking around the corner with a cheeky look on her face, as some Rai oozes out of the stereo. I'm eyeing up their serrano ham sandwich and most certainly will have one of their brownies. Oh, they've changed their tunes to Joni Mitchell now. Hmph.
I would also play some scrabble with someone, but i'm sat next to a 5 year old with a serious addiction to hot chocolate. It might get messy. Mei - when you're next about I challenge you to a connect 4 duel!
The only drawback to this ace place is that coming with laptop means that you're restricted to sitting inside, and it sure is sweaty in here... which has sadly stripped one star off my review. I still salute you though Tina.
I'll second the previous reviewer's, uh, review. Tina is a wonderful place with great windows, a large communal table, wonderful people and a surprisingly gifted kitchen.
I'm always wary of overstaying my wifi welcome, but the gents at Tina only came round to chat me up...not stare me down. Well done!
A wonderful neighbourhood cafe. Excellent coffee, snacks and an elegant interior. Now I just have to find more reasons to go to Hackney.
Price - £4 with a flat white and crunchie topped cupcake
Oh Tina, I do salute you, I really do!
£2 for a Long black, free wifi and a really relaxed atmosphere... I salute you again.
Tina, We Salute You really is burried treasure. I just spent my morning sat on their outside benches, drinking iced coffees and enjoying being that little bit away from the chaos of Kingsland Road on a Saturday.
Amazing decor, which changes every couple of months depending on which Hackney based artist they've invited to come jazz it up lately and a very friendly and open atmosphere... which makes it slightly hard to leave. Luckily they have wifi, so you can at least pretend you're doing some work at some point.
The home made rosewater lemonade is lovely, no doubt I'll be back there tomorrow...
Before arranging to meet my friend here, I checked out the previous Yelpers reviews to get a feel for the place, which may not have been such a good move, as I ended up being a little underwhelmed! (May be worth noting here that I generally have high expectations when spending my hard earned cash).
Let me note - there is nothing bad about this wee cafe - it is a perfectly pleasant place to go (and spend an afternoon making the most of the free wifi) - but nothing knocked my socks off.
Sandwich - relatively tasty, cake - standard ok home baked cake, service - trendy-friendly, surroundings - cosy and very east london, prices - average for London cafe in that area ... nothing more to report.
I like that the staff play their own music choices - I found myself humming along to the soundtrack mid conversation :) Also - it is small, seating is limited - so if you're going at the weekend, head off pre lie-in times to guarantee a seat. Also, also - cash only!
To surmise - if you're in the area, why not pop in, but I wouldn't necessarily seek it out
Tina, I salute you.
And your awesome employees who serve me delicious coffee, avocado toast, breakfast trifle and the scrummiest of afternoon treats whilst playing excellent music (now added to my own collection thank you!) in your delightful Dalston hang out.
The stars on the wall speak for themselves of the devoted cake-and-caffeine-ites who come regularly from near and afar to Salute Tina too.
One of those tiny perfect places you want to keep to yourself.
Really friendly staff, cup cakes you know you shouldn't have two of. Oh and did I mention the coffee? Love and care goes into making it consistently good.
Oh well, blown it now.
This is a perfectly lovely, very popular neighbourhood cafe. There's little to find fault with here other than perhaps its very popularity, as seating inside is limited at the best of times, and if it's a bright day outside you'd better believe that Dalstonites will be out in force at Tina, We Salute You, soaking up the sun along the pavement.
The long black i ordered was perfectly enjoyable if generally unmemorable.
The accompanying lamington I ordered was average but moreish.
Nothing about my visit was truly outstanding and neither is the area, so I'm unlikely to be back if I'm honest. That said, if I were a local, I'd probably be here all the time. Because Tina, We Salute You is a solid cafe for proper coffee, with a welcoming, unpretentious vibe.
Great little coffee shop run by a really friendly young bunch.
The menu is very Australian ( some of the workers are Aussies) It reminds me of Bill Granger's food.
There is a communal table in the centre with jars of condiments for all to share.
They do breakfast/brunch meals, great coffee and great juices.
Some of the picks are: Duck Egg & Chorizo sandwich, Avocado on toast, homemade baked beans, blueberry pancakes, pide's and many more.
The decor is done by local artists and gets changed every month.
Gets really busy, especially in summertime, but you can sit outside on the pavement which is handy.
The staff are so friendly & nice, check it out if you can!
I was taken here a few weeks ago by an old flatmate and friend called David. As a fully paid-up member of the gastropornographers' club, he has an intuitive way of sniffing out the best cafes, restaurants and wherever there is good food to be enjoyed. After a considerable amount of wondering around a few random backstreets to find the place (there's a sign giving directions outside the Rio cinema, but once you start walking it's easy to forget) we finally disocvered it.
I initially rolled my eyes and laughed at its Hackney Hipster-style name; David assured me that it did have substance as well as style so I said OK the let's give it a go. On entering I was confronted by some nice sofas to sink into; sadly some other lucky blighter has reserved those so we instead opted for the slightly oversized table that sits in the middle of the cosy establishment.
It's an Ozzie place, so this means flat whites as well as lattes cappus and macchiatos; the sanwiches were exemplary stacked in that unbelievably high configuration that means they'll look stunning while they sit on your plate but the moment you pick it up to eat it its starts dismantling itself; loads of cute looking cupcakes and other goodies, by Gawd, their Victoria sponge was better than crack!
If I lived within a few yards' radius of that cake I'd be morbidly obese by now. All at reasonable rates too. And for somewhere that's so hot right now the service comes as a friendly suprise.
Cute enough little cafe serving lovely brunchy dishes and pretty decent coffee. However it unfortunately suffers through lack of space, which can cause problems for groups of more than two or three people.
A cafe of this sort needs enough space to let people linger and browse the papers, and in this place you feel like you're hogging space as soon as you've finished your coffee (you are).
If I lived locally I'm sure I'd get to know the best times to drop in, and would certainly keep coming back for the yummy avo-on-toast combos. But it's a long way to walk to have to wait 15 minutes for space at a table.
I'm going to have to disagree with most people on here and say that Tina's is just OK.
It reminds me a bit of Lantana, just smaller, which is perhaps where this venture falls down for me a bit
Tina's is crazy popular and sometimes you just can't get a seat. Not ideal in my mind (especially if like me you've just taken a 15 min stroll to get there). At least in Soho, you can just wander off to another spot, De Beauvoir Town-Dalston-whatever, just ain't that happening a place. Coffee-wise at least.
I do think they serve good coffee, and good (if a bit limited) breakfasts, I just feel that it would benefit from being a tad bigger. Well, maybe a whole lot bigger!
Ah well I guess you can just grab something to go!
- good prices
- better than decent coffee
- decent breakfasts
- bit small/cramped
I live in the Square Mile so can hardly call this my local but it's so fab that we make the trip.
'Tina We Salute You' offers incredible quality at very reasonable prices plus the friendliest team you could imagine.
Love the idea of storing your loyalty stars on their wall (we all lose our loyalty cards).
Coffees are really, really good and the cakes are freshly made and to die for. Their sandwiches are substantial with interesting ingredient choices.
I could happily spend the better part of every weekend here.
Dalstonites you are blessed - so support this little gem!
WOW, I did not realise that this cafe was so well known. Well if you ever come to Dalston or Newington Green, do not miss out on a visit to this little coffee shop where they serve the best coffee ever. You get your own star by your name on your wall so you will never be forgotten !
They also make amazing sandwiches and cakes, the staff are really friendly and funny - and I just could not take my eyes of Tina who sits on the wall.
Hip, but genuine and friendly, and they know their food.
I never dare "plan" to go here because it's so small that getting a seat never feels like a good bet. But if I'm passing it's pretty impossible to resist popping in for one of their exceptionally well made coffees, monster flapjack and anything else they have to hand that I can carry with me as I wend my way through the mean streets of Hackney.
This place is a bit squashy, but the coffee is excellent and well presented, and I like how they change the artwork every couple of weeks. The shared table with communal condiments is also charming.
Great name too!
We have watched this little space for the last two years WAITING for someone to open a cafe just for us. The guys at Tina We Salute You have just done that. They've been open for 2 weeks and it is clear that everyone else has also been waiting for a cool meeting place for coffee as it always has someone sipping one over a newspaper.
They have one big communal table and a few armchairs around a smaller one. It's definitely petite, but it encourages conversation among neighbours who usually pass one another in the street.
On one of the walls, you can keep track of your coffees. It's a great idea as I always seem to lose those loyalty cards. It's hard to lose the wall.
They serve coffees, teas, cupcakes and sweets. They also make a number of tasty sandwiches. I had a grilled veggie something that was nice.
My fave thing about this little cafe is the coolness and closeness it has brought to a neighbourhood that clearly needs it.
I stumbled upon this little gem of a coffee/tea/homemade cakes and sandwiches shop thanks to a cute little sign on Kingsland Road. The hand drawn board directed me around a block or so to this absolutely adorable cafe called Tina, We Salute You.
Since I'm basically a dirty whore for free Wi-Fi, I went five times in one week (and would have been there six times, except they're closed on Mondays). As a result, I have tried a great deal of their tasty menu.
Drinks: They've got delicious coffee, locally roasted in the East End somewhere. I have had their excellent flat white (my new favorite drink discovery since getting to London), a fresh mint tea full of big green sprigs of, you guessed it, fresh mint, and a big fancy pot of tea. Yes, I was told they had a fancy pot, and they did not disappoint. Shiny, mother-of-pearl, gleaming, old school, vintage, grandmotherly, and full of piping hot English Breakfast.
Food: DELICIOUS homemade flapjacks (for you Americans, this is not a pancake, it's more like a granola bar, plus sweet caramelly toffee deliciousness for a little indulgence). Very tasty sandwiches like the ploughmans with thick cut brown bread, excellent mature cheddar, onion jam and rocket. They've also got a good hummus sandwich and serrano ham and a few other tasty varieties. I also had a great homemade almond croissant.
Other delightful aspects of Tina:
1. The cafe is named for a saucy little minx featured in a painting on the wall. Apparently she's by a fairly famous artist from back in the day. Very sexy and very salute-able (yes I made that word up).
2. The decor is great - bright white walls that make the place feel open, big windows for eyeing the passerby, cool bubbly cartoon murals in happy colors(one being drawn while we were there), and these funny little pastel pompom thingies hanging from the lights that make me feel like I'm in a happy acid-induced wonderland.
3. Instead of making you keep track of a small and extremely lose-able piece of paper as a frequent buyer, it's all drawn on the wall. Every time you order a drink, you get to write a star next to your name with a permanent marker. Not only is this very handy, it makes me feel like I belong somewhere, dammit.
4. They play good music from an iPod, including one of my favorite
albums ever, Baduizm by Erykah Badu.
5. They have good magazines and board games! If anyone wants to have a Scrabble game sometime over a flat white, you know where to find me.
6. The guys there are super super nice and let you hang out on your computer, like the dirty Wi-Fi whore you are.
Conclusion: Go! Eat! Drink! Surf the Internet! Play Scrabble with me! See you there.
Fantastic coffee and great cakes.
I can't think of anything possibly wrong with this place - aside from the fact that it's usually packed to the door with fellow flat white drinkers.
If you crave antipodean-style coffee this place is the best though.. all the staff seem to be barsitas who know what's up, and I've never been made a bad one. The brekkie pita is a sensation also.
London needs more Tina's.
Nice enough cafe with interesting art on display which is changed regularly. Its something of a base for very literate young professionals and creatives and I feel that its a good spot for a bit of networking. Sort of place that's really on the map!
How welcome was the opening of a decent coffee house in this neck of the woods! Great staff and friendly service along with a comfortable atmosphere have made this place a great success.
Really good coffee, but a bit pricey. The cakes and sandwiches look lovely as well.
i love twsy.
you walk off the busy high street and you're suddenly on a little quiet road and on the corner there it is.
they have a communal table in the middle, then a very comfy sofa in the corner. then outside they've got lots of chairs and a bench.
the coffee is great and i had a latte which was really good. the food is also really good and I recommend the chorizo bagel.
also as a 'weekend treat' they do pancakes...mmm.
i really recommend this, great interior, nice coffee, brill food and the owner is really nice.
travel: not far from dalston kingsland station and 149 bus is good for getting up there from the south. x
Love it. Friendly service; good, strong coffee; tasty treats; and, being able to draw stars on the wall all make this a really great neighbourhood cafe. Free WiFi, too!
Not going to waffle on with a lengthy review - it's a top spot with great coffees and food, as everyone else has said.
Both times I've been it has been amusing to watch the typical London attitude of "oh God please don't sit next to me....please don't talk to me" as the communal table starts to fill up.
I think I already read about this place more than a year ago, but never actually made it there. Not that it's hard to get there, but there's no tube station nearby, so you either have to board the Overground, or take one of these big red and slowly moving boxes that are usually only acceptable at night, when there are not much alternatives. Anyway, last Saturday I decided that I should really make an effort and get there. The café is really not far from the Overground, so even for people like me who avoid buses most of the time, it's not too much of a challenge. Once you're there, you could find it difficult to find a place, because Tina, we salute you is not very big. It's rather quite small. But this shouldn't put you off. For a few minutes I sat on what you might call windowsill. But then I had the chance to populate a very comfy armchair at the small table. When you're there for the first time, it's likely that you'll find yourself looking around at the artworks that are all over the walls. A funny portrait of a bear instantly caught my attention and was definitely my favourite piece there not only, because a really nice girl was sitting just below it. Well, perhaps that helped keeping my focus in that direction. Anyway, that's not the point here Unfortunately, I read only when I was back home, that they're re-painting the walls every few weeks, so now I have to go back soon, to take a picture of the bear. Oh, and yes, the coffee was great. And the pain au chocolat was delicious as well. It's really a nice café where you just like to stay and rest for some time. So, I will definitely come back, not just for the bear.
Really friendly palce to go and the coffee is great. It's cosy and love the fact that the decor changes on a regular basis thanks to artists who come and decorate the walls. I would recommend the cupcakes in particular and the jasmine tea!
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