Restaurant review: Yeha Noha Café & Bar, South Norwood


By - Friday 6th April, 2018

Delicious soups, stews and sweet things at this winning South Norwood café


Chick peas curry soup.
Photo author’s own.

I decided recently that it was time that I wrote a review about this lovely café and bar. We have had lunch there before and it’s also a good meeting place for coffee. Unlike many places which think that a single espresso means a single shot, Yeha Noha provides a cup  of strong coffee, full to the brim, as they do in most continental and South American cafés.

The owners are Polish and they cater for those who want English food or those, like us, who prefer Polish. There are salads, sandwiches, homemade burgers and delicious cakes… not surprisingly, Yeha Noha was awarded the title of Best Independent Café 2016, as announced by the Croydon Citizen.

For those who prefer Eastern European cuisine, there are soups, Polish sausages, vegetable and meat stews, Polish dumplings and Polish breakfasts on offer.

We really went to town with the Polish sausage

We started off with the chick peas curry soup, which came in large bowls. It was unbelievable! It was thick soup, very tasty and spicy. Steve had his with bread. Then we decided to really go to town on the menu and order the Polish sausage, which came with gherkins, mustard and ketchup. The sausages were quite long and we had three halves each. This came with bread, which I don’t eat, but Steve had some and told me that it was nice and fresh.

After this, we decided to have the Balkan meat stew; this came in a huge bowl. It was absolutely delicious! There is also a vegetable stew for those who prefer not to eat meat. We had a glass of their Montepulciano wine, which was very nice, and some water.

Balkan meat stew.
Photo author’s own.

Of course, they do make some rather tasty cakes (hence winning in 2016!). Usually they have wheat-free ones as well, but not this time. Steve had a very nice slice of coffee and walnut cake, and I was given some tasty, wheat-free coconut cookies. The total bill was £46.60 and that was with a discount for the lack of wheat-free cakes!

We will certainly go back there again and again. It is a wonderful café, with very friendly staff and owners.

Anne Giles

Anne Giles

I grew up in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the daughter of an Anglo-Argentine mother and English father. I went to an English school and worked for a British company out there before coming to live in the U.K. I spent many years teaching Spanish in adult education in various centres in Croydon Borough and have got to know so many different areas – North and South. We have been living in Selsdon since 1989 and I love it. I feel passionately about Croydon and have spent many years writing blogs – firstly for the Croydon Advertiser, then the Croydon Guardian, and eventually my own blog entitled “The Good Life in Croydon”. I am very much involved in the community, attending regular meetings with the Croydon Community Police Consultative Group and am also a member of the British Transport Police PACT (Police & Community Together) Team.

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  • Alan Reynolds

    What is the address of this cafe/restaurant? We too enjoy Polish food

  • Farouk

    Hello Anne
    I don’t know if this is the appropriate place but i noticed you did an article about cinemas a while back. Where would be the appropriate place to ask you a couple of questions on that subject?