Valhalla

address: 29 Market Row, SW9 8LB

We have tried many times to visit this sandwich bar but their opening times are erratic to say the least. It seems to be closed for most of the week and even on a Friday they seem to lag behind everyone else. It was pot luck on a Saturday lunchtime that we walked past, it was open and we were hungry. This is a small Danish sandwich bar – understated with minimal interior of just four tables and another small collection in market row.

The menu is also understated but has breakfast and lunch with eggs of various sorts and toasted sandwiches with vegetarian options. We had a hot dog with Danish mayonnaise and a focaccia cheese toastie, with tea and an Americano. The food is not horrible but it is unremarkable. If you want a straight sandwich then it’s fine.

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But prepare for a leisurely lunch, so don’t go too hungry. The service is very slow – presumably because they do not get much practice. Each sandwich is made to order which in our eyes (and stomachs) is a definite plus but then they do everything in series not in parallel, even though several of us were ordering the same thing. This is not a frenetic kitchen. It has zen-like calm but it did mean we sat for 35 minutes with cups of cooling tea and coffee waiting for something to arrive. We felt that they only noticed us and paid some attention when we did finally plucked up the courage to ask where the food was. We were offered another beverage but by then I just wanted to go home. The total bill for two sandwiches and drinks was £13.70 and they only take cash.

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