What a boon for the City! Finally, a cafe with proper coffee in a location with visibility - and particularly as Moorgate suffers (to a greater extent than elsewhere of the City) a dearth of anything but chain coffee bars around. This spot needed the boost, and it seems to know it. When I stopped by a couple of weeks ago, on the cafe's second day since opening, it was already evident that the City-zens who've made do with the likes of the Caffè Nero in CityPoint have taken Notes to their heart.
It's not surprising they fell upon it immediately, with its hugely appealing light-filled curved cafe space, double-height wraparound windows, beautiful inlaid wood bar, warm wood tables and chairs, arresting arachnid light-fitting, displays of wine bottles, fresh tall lilies, outdoor tables in the morning sun, and an intriguing arrangement with a projector showing animé films (silently) on the white-tiled back wall.
But we must hope that it will be the coffee that converts them, mind body and soul. It's been grim around Moorgate, but things are looking up. My flat white with Notes's Bokasso was fragrant and pleasantly acidic, with a rich fruity flavour, and a creamy rather than velvety texture, worth taking time to enjoy.
The staff were uniformly warm and friendly, and willing to talk about the coffee, the space and everything else.
The food is a very simple but competent line-up from what I saw at 11 a.m. - fresh fruit, pastries and cookies, sandwiches and salads arriving for display and chilling. They're also licensed, a sensible step in the City, and no doubt one that will raise their profile further. Their hours reflect this, and bring the City closer to acquiring the ideal I cherish: a central, all-day cafe with excellent coffee, food and wine, with a calm bright interior, indoor and outdoor seating, and unfussy service.