All posts tagged: cafe

The Good Life Eatery – fun and healthy eating

HEALTH JUNKIE Eating healthily doesn’t have to be punishing. That’s the message that radiates from every plate in this wellness cafe. Even the simple, raw and exposed interiors feel “honest”. Here, they serve up fast, nutritious and colourful food that you actually want to eat. From vitamin-rich breakfast bowls and wholesome superfood salads to filling protein shakes and refreshing cold-pressed juices, the variety should leave you thoroughly refuelled and energised for your day. The Good Life Eatery, 69 Marylebone Lane, London W1U 2PH. goodlifeeatery.com

Gourmet on the go: Melba at The Savoy opens

The Savoy’s new gourmet pastry take-away counter Melba opens up on the Strand with the trusty éclair as its signature offering. It’s quite the treat when you’re in need of a sweet fix. With a dizzying choice of 12 different eclairs including pistachio and cherry, peach melba, salted caramel and lemon meringue (£2.95 each), this little corner of Savoy Court is the go-to place for when you want to step your usual pastries up a few notches. Alongside the eclairs, which will change seasonally, executive pastry chef Ludwig Hely has put on the menu a variety of fruit tarts that include violet and blueberry and rhubarb, strawberry and vanilla (£3.50 each), a selection of cupcakes including cookies and cream, and caramel-banana (£3.80) and a collection of truffles including lime and coconut, and mango and passion fruit (£9.90 each). If you need more sustenance before heading for the sweet treats, Melba also offers a selection of sandwiches to-go – options include roast beef with mustard cream on sourdough bread (£4.85), and chicken and avocado with rocket …

Free coffee masterclass at Bar Termini

To celebrate The London Coffee Festival (30th April – 3rd May), coffee connoisseur Marco Arrigo invites you to a free coffee masterclass at Bar Termini. Here’s a reason for you to get out of bed on a Sunday morning. If coffee is the first thought that runs through your mind, get your fix alongside an enlightening lesson at coffee and cocktail spot Bar Termini. Hosted by Marco Arrigo, founder of the University of Coffee (yes, there is such a thing), which has schooled thousands of baristas as well as coffee-lovers, the mini masterclass will take you through the history of Italian coffee, espresso, how Soho, where the bar is based, fits into mix and how to make some of the bar’s signature Italian serves yourself. The Coffee Masterclass is taking place on Sunday 3rd May from 10.30am – 12pm. To reserve your space, email [email protected] Bar Termini, 7 Old Compton Street, London W1D 5JE

Whaam Banh Mi opens Vietnamese street food restaurant

Specialising in the traditional Vietnamese ‘banh mi’ sandwich, Whaam Banh Mi is opening the doors of its first shop in London this April. Our taste buds tell us there isn’t another sandwich like a banh mi sandwich. Traditionally filled with a variety of slow-cooked meats, vegetables and sauces, it’s the mother of savoury sandwiches – a gourmet feast housed within a bread roll. The pleasures of banh mi have been making their way around the street food scene for some time, which Whaam Banh Mi has been a part of fuelling, but now the team will be serving up their sandwiches from their first permanent residence in a bustling spot in Soho, London. The shop will have an open counter where orders will be freshly prepared on the spot and fillings such as Asian BBQ shredded pork and lemongrass chicken will be available. And as ‘banh mi’ does technically refer to the bread itself, the fillings will be stuffed into a special-recipe bread roll with a light, airy centre (that allows more room for the …

Cutter & Squidge pop-up opens in Soho

Cutter & Squidge, creator of the “biskie” (a biscuit-cookie-cake mash-up) opens their sweet shop-style pop-up in Soho today. Well this is rather convenient. Not only is the daily dilemma of what you’re going to be snacking on solved but you can now indulge in it morning to evening at Cutter & Squidge’s new pop-up café. When no other treat will do, a biskie-fix should set you right – think mouth-watering matcha green tea, white chocolate and raspberry to chocolate, peanut and salted caramel. Or, how about a slice of banana, vanilla and chocolate cake? Or, some light and fluffy strawberry marshmallows? Well, seeing as they’re only in town until the summer, you’d be wise to give them all a try. There’ll be a few savoury options too from veggie quiche to cheese twists to keep the lunch crowd happy. And whilst you’re stopping off, grab a coffee, hot chocolate or some of their new and cooling ‘Oomph-ade’ featuring fruit and botanicals and an infusion of white tea, sparkling or coconut water. Open until mid-August. Cutter …

Tom Dixon Sandwich café opens at Harrods

Could this be the most stylish sandwich shop in London? Literally sandwiched between the two Tom Dixon furniture concessions on the third floor at Harrods, is this marvellous new sandwich café designed by Design Research Studio – the interior arm of Tom Dixon. It features cosy, club-style interiors with dark blue, deep green and burgundy hues, offset by statement brass lighting, marble-clad tables and pierced metal screens, all previously unseen. The café, which also serves hot breakfasts, cheese and charcuterie boards and salads, has a great selection of gourmet sandwiches. They may have eye-watering prices (from £11.90 – £18.50) but they have some pretty mouth-watering options, such as: – Roasted Scottish beef with celeriac romoulade, horseradish and crispy shallots on a crusty roll (£12.90) – ‘London Porker’ barbecue hog roast with apple coleslaw and English mustard in a crusty roll (£12.90) – Poached lobster with mango relish and Thousand Island dressing in a soft glazed roll (£18.50) Tom Dixon Sandwich, Third Floor, Harrods, Knightsbridge

Trade: a café that makes its mark

Shoreditch certainly isn’t short of a hipster little hangout or two, so why is it that we can’t stop thinking about our next visit to an unassuming little café by the name of Trade? Well, we know why but it might be more useful if we actually tell you why. Quite simply, Trade serves up some of the best all-day brunches we’ve come across. It has one of those impossible menus where there isn’t a single thing you wouldn’t want to order, right there and then, and in one sitting. But when you do come round to choosing, make one of them the devilishly moreish and colourful chorizo, chilli and scrambled eggs on sourdough toast (£6.95). The chorizo adds more bite and the hint of chilli gives the palate a gentle kick-start. Now the menu states that the chilli sauce is a trade secret, however, we spotted a few tubes of the wonder that is Sriracha sauce sitting behind a counter. Yes, Sriracha sauce in a Shoreditch café – proof that it certainly gets around. …

A cool little hangout: Atelier Café

Here’s one to add to the little black book of favourite café hangouts. This workshop-studio-style eatery serves up an array of seriously delicious gourmet fast food. The flatbread pizzettes which are freshly-made and cooked to crunch perfection are especially moreish – the speck artichoke is a firm favourite. The sandwiches are pretty tasty too with a soft and chewy-crust bread. Go for the speck, cheese and tomato or smoked salmon, cream cheese and black pepper. And don’t walk out without a sweet treat, or two. The poppy seed and pumpkin almond cake or hazelnut brownie are deliciously indulgent. Atelier Café. Royal Academy, 6 Burlington Garden, Piccadilly, W1S 3ET. ateliercafe.com

Café KaiZen: a cool basement hotspot

“We really should hang out in basements more often…” …you’ll find yourself saying after spending half a day in this casual-cool hideout. But the truth is you really can while away the hours here: 1) shopping (there are cabinets full of jewellery from up-and-coming designers) 2) working (there’s a lounge with free Wi-Fi) 3) eating (there’s a café with the usual favourites but also dim sum – delicious and reasonably-priced) 4) drinking (bubble teas, juices and shakes but also hurrah, there’s a fully-stocked bar!) 5) partying (it transforms into a club by night, complete with a pulpit-come-DJ booth). Find this place behind a set of unmarked doors (previously a fire exit) to the right of said address. Seek it out – it’ll be worth it. Café KaiZen. 17 Hanover Square, W1S 1HU. cafekaizen.com

Amanzi Tea hits tea spot

Amanzi Tea is one of our favourite places for a spot of calm and some wildly delicious teas. Whatever you’re after, they’ve got it – from an extensive fruit collection to bubble teas (with incredibly tasty fruity popping bubbles), to frappes and tea-based cocktails. Their lychee mar-tea-ni (get it?), chocolate mint tea and matcha latte are our staples. (24 New Cavendish Street, W1G 8TX. amanzitea.co.uk)