Having reviewed a number of coffee shops around North London, we went on to other things, but have continued visiting numerous cafés around the metropolis.
Belle Epoque Patisserie [AKA] Fish Salad
Belle Epoque Patisserie
|Stuff for sale|
HIM: I have been in here once before many years ago, but it left no lasting impression and I have to say the second visit was the same. In the land of the 3 wheel buggy, you are going to get the occasional mother and child, but the back section was filled with a full selection of every type of pram, push chair and buggy available.
We had a Hot Chocolate and a Cappuccino, the Hot Chocolate was warm at best even though I expressly asked for ‘Hot’ and HER Cappuccino was more like the frothy coffee you get in a workman’s cafe and HER salad was VERY expensive and really not good.
HER: I can honestly say that this establishment was not particularly very welcoming nor friendly.. The staff seemed completely unbothered by a new customer standing right in front of them.
I had a bland frothy mess of a cappuccino and because I was so hungry I caved to the ridiculously expensive (only vegetarian option) on the menu. In hind site I should not have bothered. It was a sun blush tomato, mozzarella salad for £6.90! Oh my god it was so vile! They completely ruined what could have been a decent (if not expensive) salad, with some sort of strange dressing of their own concoction. After a few bites both me and him decided to ask at the counter for fear that it was not vegetarian, we were told it was a mix of soy sauce and vinegar (YUCK!) This made the leafs wilt and just generally left a bad taste in your mouth. We have therefore dubbed this the Fish Salad Cafe.
Next up is…
Notes in Upper St. Martin’ Lane, (just before Trafalgar Sq)
|Notes Trafalgar Square|
HIM: We visited Notes at one of the busiest times of the day, but there were still a few tables available, it has a bit of an atmosphere and it decorated in that eclectic style, they sell wine and a selection of salads, sandwiches and cakes as all café do.
We had a Hot Chocolate and a Mocha and they were ok, the cups/glasses were interesting but they weren’t anything special.
I’d still go back there if I was in the area and had a meeting or something reason, but I’m not going to detour to get there again.
HER: It was very busy, there also wasn’t a clear indication of food, so I could not choose a sandwich or snack. The coffee was ok although it was warm not hot and the clientele was a bit snooty but all in all it wasn’t bad.
Sawyer Gray on St Paul’s Road, Islington
|The Avocado Toast|
|Mistletoe (Yes we went around Christmas)|
HIM: We kept walking past this one and it seemed to always be busy, so we avoided it simply because we wanted a seat, but when we went in we realized there is a lot more space downstairs and a lot of quirky little ‘Cubby Holes’ in what would have been the aerie under the pavement above.
The Hot Chocolate was ordinary, it was hot, but it was also expensive, around £3.50. The food looked good but for me it also looked expensive.
HER: I loved the downstairs little alcoved rooms, they were so comfy and private. I don’t really remember the coffee, but I do remember the great chilli Avocado Toast, it was delicious! But at £4.90 for one slice it was expensive and I can always do it at home (for cheaper).
HIM: It was trying a bit to hard, it didn’t have any atmosphere and it was all for sure. Cooking the Crepes infront of you (all for show) and the coffee was bland. It seems to appeal to the French and Belgium tourists who head there thinking its just like home but I’m sure they find it just as bland and uninspiring.
HIM: I think I preferred this place when it was a bookstore. Its ok, wooden floors, flakey paint and half interesting paintings on the wall. The drinks were tiny, like shot glasses and not terribly rememberable.
HIM: Tiny, tiny shot glasses of weak coffee and very expensive food. There was a weird counter where no one seemed to want to serve you. Also people leaving there laptops, mobiles, wallet and bags on the table whilst they went to the bathroom downstairs.