The reason why Cook Daily is yet to open at Boxpark Croydon
One of the owners of Cook Daily has revealed why the much-anticipated outlet has yet to open at Boxpark Croydon and shared when they aim to be serving customers.
The South East Asian food bowls unit has left vegan food lovers waiting as it is now a month since the trendy food and drink mall next to East Croydon station opened to the public.
The majority of other traders have been open since October 31 but Cook Daily has not yet opened due to technical problems in its unit.
Joint owner Don Vienne said: “We hope to open some time this week [from November 28]. There are a few technical issues that are slowing us down.
“I don’t want to say an exact day but it should be soon definitely.
“Boxpark have told us a lot of people are coming in asking why we aren’t open but we will open when we are ready.”
Mr Vienne added that he did not want to open in one of the shipping containers until he is perfectly happy everything is prepared.
Cook Daily will join a host of other outlets including MEATLiquor, Thai Express and Poptata.
Sri Lankan street food unit Kothu Kothu was another unit to open after the grand opening but is now serving customers.
Cook Daily, which has been based at the original Boxpark in Shoreditch since it opened, has a star dish a called “High Grade” which is stir-fried vegetables in a smokey sweet ‘n’ sour barbecue sauce topped with green herbs and hemp seed crumbles and served over brown rice.
Other dishes include a “full English”, which comes with tofu scrambled egg, mushrooms, tomatoes, greens, sausages, house brown sauce and 50/50 brown rice and quinoa while Cook Daily also serve a “noodle bowl” which is a vegan udon noodle stir-fry with mixed vegetables, along with a choice of vegetables, tofu and vegetables, or chicken and vegetables.
Mr Vienne, who works alongside his brother in the family run business, insisted that he cannot wait to open and revealed the latest menu is the best and biggest the business has ever offered.
He said: “People like our food from Shoreditch and we cannot wait until Croydon is open. We want it to be perfect and once we open we are fully open.
“Cook Daily Croydon has a bigger kitchen [than the one in Shoreditch] so we will be offering a bigger menu. We have about 17 dishes in Croydon but only about ten in Shoreditch.”