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Caffe Concerto – St Paul’s

Reviewed on June 5th, 2014 by Dina

What a wonderful surprise when my dad came to visit me one weekend! It was the perfect opportunity to take my dad out for an Afternoon Tea; something that I had wanted to do for a long time. With the location of Caffe Concerto in the shadow of the magnificent St Paul’s Cathedral, what better place to be at on a Sunday.

Caffe Concerto looks quite elegant with its chandeliers, beige seating and red decor. Single yellow roses decorated the tables. There is the counter fridge near the entrance with a great display of cake slices, pastries and tarts. The staff and service were okay but it was hard at times to get the attention of the staff.

Bombay Chai and Organic Earl Grey teas were chosen. These came as silver pots of tea and they were tea bags instead of loose tea. Both teas were enjoyable.

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The selection of items for the Afternoon Tea looked wonderful. The sandwiches were cream cheese and cucumber and also egg mayonnaise. The bread was dry and tasted very stale. The sandwiches were a real disappointment and neither myself nor my dad were able to finish them.

At least the fruit scones were better. They seemed slightly fresher and were of a good size. They came with the traditional clotted cream and the strawberry jam came in a mini jar.

The tarts and the cakes were the highlight of the Caffe Concerto Afternoon Tea. A rich chocolate mousse on a chocolate biscuit base was lovely. To contrast this, there was a sharp lemon cheesecake. The fruit tart and the almond tart both had crumbly pastry and a good tasty filling.

Caffe Concerto was a nice place but it should pay more attention to the quality of the food so that it matches the high standard of its surroundings. Attention to detail could really make a difference to having this average cafe turned into a great cafe.

Caffe Concerto, One New Change, St Paul’s, London, EC4M 9AF

Rating: ★★★½☆

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Boulangerie Bon Matin – Stroud Green

Reviewed on February 15th, 2014 by Dina

Pancakes/crepes are always forgotten about when it comes to weekend treats! Boulangerie Bon Matin is lovely place for breakfast, brunch, lunch or even for tea and cake in the afternoon!

A delectable display of cakes, pastries and breads welcomes you into this cafe. Brick walls and framed artwork makes up the seating area towards the back of the cafe. This area is flooded with natural daylight which is always a bonus.

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The menu at Boulangerie Bon Matin boasts a range of breakfast items, salads, soup, sandwiches, quiches, pastries and also the already mentioned pancakes. The savoury crepe chosen to start with was La Ratatouille. Roasted aubergine, red onion, courgette, basil, garlic and cheese made up the filling of this wonderful crepe. The flavours of all the vegetables came through and it was not overladen with cheese.

La Ratatouille was supposed to come with fried egg but we asked for scrambled egg instead. The egg was softly scrambled and there was also a side salad to accompany the pancake.

Now onto the sweet crepe which was made of white flour. Dark Belgian chocolate with banana was the filling of La Milan. A small dish of nuts were given on the side as we thought that it would go well with the chocolate and banana.

The other option that we were considering was La Chocolat. The filling of this one was Belgian chocolate with nuts. As my friend pointed out, it was better that we got the crepe with the banana as the La Chocolat one would have been too rich.

To drink, a satisfying big cup of Earl Grey tea was had. The other teas on offer were English Breakfast, Assam and herbal. If you wanted something cold, there are a range of smoothies and juices as well.

The staff were really friendly and gave fantastic service. All the food that we were served was made fresh to order.

Boulangerie Bon Martin showed us that it is a relaxed, friendly and welcoming cafe. One that we would happily return to for crepes or for the other tempting delights on their menu!

Boulangerie Bon Matin, 178 Tollington Park, Stroud Green, London, N4 3AJ

Rating: ★★★★★

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Yaki – Goodge Street

Reviewed on January 6th, 2014 by Dina

Yaki is a Japanese eatery and bakery in central London. It seemed like a good place to go for lunch especially as they did a One Bowl Meal on rice!

The Oyako-Don was a combination of chicken and egg cooked in Japanese seasoning served with rice. It also came with some pickled ginger and edamame. Although the dish had a good flavour, there was not enough chicken and egg and so most of the meal was the rice.

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One specialty of Yaki is their Tai-yaki. This is a fish shaped waffle with a savoury or sweet filling. Originally, I was going to choose the green tea custard azuki filling but then did not fancy the red bean with custard. The Tai-yaki was served warm with its filling of green tea custard white chocolate. The fish waffle was a lot bigger than I had expected and it was not overly sweet.

Yaki is a small place with only a few tables and chairs inside. There are some window seats. Luckily, it was not too much of a cold day, so we were able to sit outdoors.

A warming drink was needed so the green tea soya latte was chosen. This drink seemed more to taste of the milk rather than the green tea which was surprising as it was made with macha green tea.

On a positive note, the food is cooked fresh to order. The staff were friendly and after placing our full order, the various items were brought out to us.

If you want something different for lunch, Yaki also does the omelette style Okonomi-yaki, baked octopus balls Taco-yaki and also Rice Burgers!

Yaki , 53 Goodge Street, Fitzrovia, London, W1T 1TG

Rating: ★★★½☆

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