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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Fleet River Bakery – Holborn

Reviewed on November 25th, 2015 by Dina

Located at one end of Lincoln Inn’s Fields is Fleet River Bakery. It is a corner cafe with seating outdoors and around the side of the cafe. There are a few window seats and additional seating on the lower level.

On the wooden counter, the salads, quiches and frittatas are on display. Even though these are served by the staff, it is a shame that they are open by the area where people queue. It would be so much better to have the food covered or behind the counter.

Adjacent to this area, the counter extends to the fridge containing sandwiches, paninis and big cream filled scones. There are cakes galore on the shelves along the back wall. These include cookies, brownies and also gluten free cakes.

Whilst I was at Fleet River Bakery, a fresh frittata had just been cooked. It looked of good quality along with all of the other cooked food.

There is an extensive range of teas, coffees and iced drinks. The coffee collection counter is separate to the till paying counter. The white decaffeinated Americano was served in small white cup. The coffee itself was good but the soya milk looked like it had curdled some in the coffee.

Fleet River Bakery was extremely busy at lunchtime with queues coming out of the door. The staff served the customers promptly. All in all Fleet River Bakery is a nice cafe with its fresh quality products.

Fleet River Bakery, 71 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, Holborn, London, WC2A 3JH

Rating: ★★★½☆

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Nuvola – Regent’s Place

Reviewed on October 11th, 2015 by Dina

Nuvola has many quotes on its white washed walls and one of them states “a careful balance between authentic Italian heritage, healthy lightness and impeccably good taste”. There is a sky blue theme running through the decor of this cafe.

As there are big windows with wicker stools so that you can watch the world go by, there is no need for much additional lighting. A ladder holding magazines and papers is by the cute sofa area. A few outdoor seats are available but there is also plenty of seating in Regent’s Place.

The seating area is sectioned off from the ordering and queuing area by a wall. A basket at the front entrance contains all the cutlery and napkins. The kitchen is located behind the main counter. An open fridge has sandwiches, salads, cold drinks and fruit to grab and go. Cakes are displayed in the covered counter by the tills.

There are three pasta choices on Nuvola’s menu: fusilli, classic penne and wholemeal penne as well as stews. The Pesto Genovese penne pasta was given in a takeaway box. There was only a light coating of the pesto on the pasta so it lacked flavour. The penne pasta was cooked al dente. As the food was given in a takeaway box, it’s nice that you can decide later whether you want to stay in and eat or eat it out.

Once the lunchtime rush was over, you could hear the lovely Italian music playing in the background. The staff kept the place clean and tidy.

Nuvola has plenty of interesting drinks on offer. There are artisan coffees, fresh ginger or mint tea, red espresso which is made with rooibos tea and they also do real hot chocolate available in milk or dark. Lickalix ice lollies are stocked here too if you wanted to have a pure fruit ice lolly.

Nuvola, Unit 3, Euston Tower, Regent’s Place, 286 Euston Road, London, NW1 3AT

Rating: ★★★☆☆

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