U.K. Esquire magazine rated this cafe in the top 10 cafe's in London. Quite an accolade. It sat amongst some tried and tested faves on this list. I live relatively locally and had never even noticed it before despite its prominent position on a world famous stretch of road. I decided to seek it out and used it as a meeting place for coffee appreciating friends visiting from Melbourne (a city renowned for its widely available amazing coffee). What a disaster. What an embarrassment. This cafe is devoid of any soul. The decor is like a school canteen. The staff are moody and look completely disinterested. I asked for a flat white and they asked me which size I'd like. Never a good sign. A flat white only comes in one size. 6oz - 2oz of espresso and 4oz of steamed milk. *sigh* I asked for 6oz and I got a blank look. Small medium or large she says coldly as she stares out the window. *double sigh*. I could get over the decor and the attitude if the coffee was good. Sadly the coffee was almost undrinkable. I couldn't finish it. Without exaggeration you can get a better cup out of a Nespresso. Despite sitting in, all coffee is served in paper cups. The grind was not even a million miles close to being dialled in. The milk was watery and luke warm at best. No attempt at any milk art. One guy with a ginormous jug was just rapidly pouring milk into lined up paper cups, smashing them out like a cheap production line. Why this cafe has any queue is absolutely beyond me. I will not in a million years be returning to this place. A week later the horrific aftertaste still lingers on my palate.
Impressed with the coffee, certainly thousand times better than a chain like Starbucks! Double shot macchiato had good strength and smooth creama. Needed a little sugar for my taste, but lovely to sip in the sun. Average inside, a little bland on decor, but coffee service was quick and croissant was deliciously crunchy and buttery. Will be back when next near Portobello Rd...
Non-descript coffee that certainly isn't worth seeking out. My regular-sized coffee was served in a cup that was way too big & scorchingly too hot. And the coffee itself tasted bland & uninteresting. It's unusual that I don't finish a cup, but here I left half the cup behind. In fairness, the coffee here is about as bad as what you get at a Starbucks or any other High Street Chain. These days there aren't many coffee options on Portobello Rd, so in that sense, this is your best bet if you're in need a fix.
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