Federal Café Bar is an independent owned coffee shop, located in the Northern Quarter, serving all day brunch and cocktails, using locally sourced produce.
Federal recently introduced a vegan option, of citrus avocado, sun blushed tomato, mushroom and dukkah bagel, so was an obvious choice on a recent visit into the city centre. When I checked their menu, they also offer other vegan options, such as peanut butter, strawberry or Marmite bagel and avocado on sourdough and maybe they can make the porridge with a plant milk.
Luckily we managed to get a seat, although on a nice day, you can sit outside, but on a rainy Wednesday, this was not an option. You order food and drinks at the counter, which was a bit of a pain, as we sat in the middle of a communal table, one side backing onto a wall, so even going to the toilets, you had to disturb others, which we were conscious of.
The large Americano decaf coffee I ordered, was in my mind not large, not even filled to the top of the cup, more a regular compared to other places, but for a decaf coffee, it tasted great.
The avocado on bagel, was nicely presented, plenty mushrooms and a grilled piece of tomato, I can only presume they ran out of sun blushed.
The dish was okay, but lacked seasoning and where was the citrus on the avocado, it needed a good squeeze of lemon or lime. I think I am biased having eaten twice at a local competitor recently, whose avocado on sourdough, is the bees knees and perfect in every way.
I was also not keen on having to order from the counter, I really wanted another coffee, but did not want to leave my breakfast going cold, disturb our table companions once more, then have to queue again at the counter.
Would I go back to Federal, perhaps, although with so many places in the Northern Quarter to choose from, it would not be top of the list.