So this is a strange post, today we happened across a coffee bar inside a bar (bar at night coffee shop by day) which I think was called Pop Up, mainly because it probably is a pop up. It is opposite the Milk Bar on Bateman street and is fantastic. The coffee is that licorishy, small bubbled, anitpodean brew that I love (£2.50 for a flat white). There is cofee geekery text on the back of the menu and young dudes with excessive and well groomed facial hair make coffee and brunch. The menu is short: scrambled egg sandwich (£2.50) with extras, carrot cake, porridge and one other item which I have forgotten. The egg sandwich was eggy, salty and buttery and served in crusty, toasted bloomer; what more could you want? The tables are copper topped and small, big enough to perch cocktail or a beer on for its night time incarnation. Oh, and the vending machine in the men’s loos sells, condoms, mints, anti perspirant and gaviscon.
I can’t post a link to anywhere as I can’t find it in Google land.
The London Review of Books has a bookshop, on Bury street next to the British Museum, and the Bookshop has a Cakeshop, which is actually more of a cafe. I have only recently discovered both the bookshop and the cakeshop and visited for lunch today. It was busy, but we didn’t have to wait long and it isn’t too much hardship to wait in a bookshop.
The cafe is light and airy with what looked like a substantial amount of outdoor seating and the clientele is exactly what you would expect in this location, people eating alone and writing in artfully scruffy journals or reading tricky looking tomes and groups in glasses having lively conversation.
The food consists of sandwiches, quiche, salad and lots of cake. Joff had an egg sandwich (at leats he is consistent) and I had goats cheese on toast. We both had coffeee, monmouth coffee which was, as expected, very good. The egg sandwich was apparently delicious (9 out of 10 in fact) in nicely heavy wholemeal bread. My goats cheese on toast was excellent, not too much goats cheese but very good quality and served with a beetroot salad which was really, really fresh and a perfect compliment to the cheese, and I don’t even like beetroot that much. We shared a slice of cherry tart which was rich with crumbly pastry and left happy. The whole thing cost £16, my cheese on toas was £6 and I can’t remember how much the egg sandwich was, so it isn’t cheap but then it isn’t likely to be considering the setting.
I will definitely return, the service was efficient but I think we somehow managed to upset the waitress by not obeying her intial instruction to wait on the sofa in the bookshop so she was a little sour, but still efficient so not really problematic.
I am going to depart form the London theme just for a moment as we were in Tel Aviv over Christmas visiting my Step son and his wife, with day trips to Jerusalem and Haifa. It was fantastic (Jerusalem is one of the strangest places I have ever been and I receommend it to everyone) and we fell in love with Tel Aviv, despite it being a city that is not that pretty and does not have many must see sights. The atmosphere is fantastic, the people friendly, the weather warm and it’s on the beach. Oh and the food, which is plentiful, cheap and tasty.
So instead of an indepth review of everywhere we went I thought I would just publish food pictures, as a sort of visual summary. So here they are: