CrepeAffaire – Angel

Reviewed on July 11th, 2016 by Dina

A fun filled craft day at the Country Living Fair included making paper flowers, felt animals and fabric printing. After all this introduction to the various crafts, our tummies were in the need for food.

For a casual lunch or actually at any time of day, CrepeAffaire gives great pancakes. This branch is slightly tucked away from the busy Upper Street as it is at the end of Camden Passage. A communal table decorated with green pot plants is the main area of this bistro. There are also some window seats and high stools.

CrepeAffaire makes the crepes fresh to order and are ordered at the counter. Two hotplates are at the covered counter area where the crepes are made. A variety of fillings are on the menu. For the savoury crepe, the Super Veg was chosen. It was generously filled with spinach, mushrooms, tomato and cheese.

You can’t just have savoury crepes; a sweet crepe is a must. Spoilt for choice with the sweet selection and also with a special chocolate orange on the menu, a classic was picked. Bananas, Belgian chocolate with a cheeky addition of butterscotch made a delicious Bananalicious dessert. The crepe was oozing with the chocolate.

Steaming hot crepes were brought to our table. Both the crepes had generous fillings and made for a substantial late lunch. The staff at CrepeAffaire were friendly and the atmosphere was relaxed. The only qualm that we had was that the cafe was being painted and decorated whilst we were there. It may have been better if the redecoration could have been done when people were not eating.

CrepeAffaire will have to be remembered when looking for an eatery in Angel.

CrepeAffaire, 51-53 Camden Passage, Angel, London, N1 8EA

Rating: ★★★★☆

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Jaz & Jul’s Chocolate House – Angel

Reviewed on February 21st, 2016 by Dina

Head right to the top of Chapel Market, past all the market traders and just when you think you have come to the end, there is Jaz & Jul’s Chocolate House. As it is called a Chocolate House, the expectation was there for it to have a rich sumptuous interior. The inside of this cafe is different to this.

On entering, there were a couple of wooden chairs and tables, a seating area against the back of the shop and a counter displaying the cakes on offer. Unfortunately, even though the cookies and marshmallows were in sealed jars, the cakes, tarts and brownies were all on open display, right by where the customers were queuing to order. There was the quirky chocolate brick wall counter. The music started off low but then got a bit too loud and overpowering.

Onto the hot chocolates, they are made from shavings of chocolate and come as plain or flavoured. Initially, the Orangeytang took my fancy but I was told that they had run out of this one. On recommendation from the friendly staff, the Cinnamon Rose was chosen. It felt like an adventurous choice and I was not sure whether I should have gone for the safe original Madagascar 61% chocolate.

The Cinnamon Rose hot chocolate was divine. It was like a liquid “Turkish Delight”. The rose flavour was delicate, just to my liking and the chocolate was 61% dark chocolate. Instead of soya milk, Jaz & Jul’s Chocolate House serves almond milk. The almond milk worked really well with the rose and cinnamon flavours. The hot chocolate was smooth, very moreish and not heavy. There is also the option of having coconut whipped cream.

There are some interesting twists to the hot chocolates on the menu. The Caramelicious has a lime twist; the Raspberry Dream has lavender with the berries; the Quite White has peppercorns with white chocolate. The drinking chocolates are available in boxes to purchase to take home.

Jaz & Jul’s Chocolate House was lovely in terms of the hot chocolate but it would be nice if there were cosy sofas and light music to make the atmosphere more relaxing.

Jaz & Jul’s Chocolate House, 1 Chapel Market, London, N1 9EZ

Rating: ★★★½☆

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Bibigo – Angel

Reviewed on August 2nd, 2015 by Dina

Even after reviewing many eateries, it’s exciting to come across a cuisine that has not been tried before. Bibigo was my first experience of Korean food and it was perfect. It felt like a high end restaurant. The interior was clean and spacious with lots of wood decor and intricately carved wood panels. The bar was at the entrance with high stools. The chefs at work in the kitchen could be seen from the dining area.

There were many items on Bibigo’s menu which sounded interesting but the one that was settled for was the Hot Stone Bibimbap. A sizzling hot stone pot contained the colourful vegetables of mushrooms, sliced greens, kimchi and tofu. All of this was on top of a bed of fluffy rice. The spicy Kohot sauce and yellow sauce was given on the side. The Bibimbap tasted delicious. The combination of the seasonal vegetables with the sauces and rice went really well together.

The Kimchi Stew that my friend had was equally satisfying. The spicy stew was made of pork and tofu and came with rice. There seemed to be a slight confusion when more rice was asked for. The staff came and gave an empty bowl. So we weren’t sure if they were coming back to fill it with rice. After a short while, we asked again and this time a bowl that was full of rice was given.

The staff were all very professional and gave us good service. They were able to explain the items on the menu in detail when we asked about the dishes. The hot water and the regular water were given in small glasses. These had to be asked to be refilled throughout the meal. It may have been better to have been provided with a jug of water.

Bibigo is a truly lovely place to come to for healthy Korean food. It is nice that we will be returning to try the other items on the menu in the future.

Bibigo, 407 St John Street, London, EC1 4AB

Rating: ★★★★½

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