Tutti’s – Holborn

Reviewed on August 21st, 2016 by Dina

Tutti’s is a lovely cafe which feels spacious as soon as you walk in. There are tables outside as well as additional seating on the lower level.

Soft jazz music contributes to the relaxed atmosphere of Tutti’s. Union hand roasted coffee made up the white Americano drink. It was a really good coffee with the soya milk.

The staff were friendly and brought the coffee to our seats once it had been ordered at the counter.

Tutti’s does a range of freshly made food including breakfast items, pastries, jacket potatoes, soups, pasta, salads and sandwiches. There are also fresh juices, smoothies and teas on offer.

Tutti’s, 68 Lamb Conduit’s Street, Holborn, London, WC1N 3LW

Rating: ★★★★☆

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Rabot 1745 – London Bridge

Reviewed on October 27th, 2015 by Dina

When a friend suggested going for hot chocolate on a rainy day, I knew I was in for a treat as she always knows some of the best places for hot drinks. The story behind Rabot 1745 is that this cafe is from the people behind Hotel Chocolat. All of the cocoa beans are sourced from their plantation in St Lucia.

The cafe area is on the ground floor and the restaurant is on the upper level. High stools, wooden decor, neon lights and cocoa bean displays make up the dimly lit yet atmospheric cafe. There is lively music playing in the background.

So many different drinking chocolates to choose from including salted caramel, chilli, coffee, hazelnut, milky and dark. The coffee chocolate was my first choice but then the staff said that it was the normal chocolate with a shot of espresso. The wise decision was made to stay away from too much caffeine in the afternoon.

Instead, the hazelnut hot chocolate was chosen. A smooth and rich drink with a lovely nutty flavour coming through. It was very drinkable and not at all too heavy or too sweet.

A big square of caramel brownie went well with the drinking chocolate. The gooey, dense brownie was topped with a sticky caramel sauce. The drinking chocolate was given in white cups and presented on wooden trays.

The staff were friendly and gave good service. There are other cakes and delights on offer behind the glass counter. Big stirring vats of molten chocolate are also on display.

If you want a proper hot chocolate, then Rabot 1745 is the place to go! As to be expected, there is also a small shop area where you can buy various items and chocolate from the Hotel Chocolat range.

Rabot 1745, 2-4 Bedale Street, Borough Market, London, SE1 9AL

Rating: ★★★★★

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Yumchaa – Goodge Street

Reviewed on August 16th, 2015 by Dina

For those of you who enjoy tea, you will be spoilt for choice at Yumchaa. At Yumchaa, it is all about the loose tea with signs saying “No tea bags, no tea baggage and no tea bagging” and “Drink loose leaf tea”.

The variety of teas are displayed in little labelled milk jugs. Take your pick from the black, green, red and white teas. All the teas are listed with the ingredients, the type of tea, the caffeine level and also whether it is available hot or iced.

As there is so much choice, be warned it may take a while to decide. After narrowing it down to have a caffeine free tea, the Raspberry Vanilla Rooibos tea was chosen. The components of this red tea were raspberry, vanilla pods, rose petals and rooibos. The tea was fragrant and fruity with a hint of vanilla. It was pleasant together with some hot soya milk.

The counter is adorned with sweet and savoury scones, thick slices of cake and a tower of brownies. It is a shame that it is an open display of the food and items are not covered. But Yumchaa did inform us that this is going to change by September and all of the food will be displayed behind a glass counter. If you want something for lunch, then there are also wraps, sandwiches and salads.

The cheese and chive scone was of a good size. It came toasted with butter on the side. The scone was dense with cheesy pieces and was filling.

The staff at Yumchaa are friendly and don’t rush you to order your tea. They make sure that the tables remain clean and come round frequently to clear up anything that you have finished with. It’s great that they also don’t mind refilling your teapot with more hot water.

Different wallpapers with different themes decorate the walls. There is a cuteness about Yumchaa with its displays. A big wooden table and chairs make up the window seating. The rest of the cafe is brought together by cosy sofas and smaller tables. It feels fairly spacious.

Even though Yumchaa is a popular cafe and tearoom, it is not overly noisy. Maybe this has something to do with the calming effect that tea has on people! There is a nice buzz about the place.

Yumchaa sure has got things right with going back to serving loose teas in a relaxed environment. It is easy for the hours to pass by at this wonderful cafe. All of the loose teas are available to buy so once you discover your favourite, you can enjoy it at home.

Yumchaa, 9/11 Tottenham Street, London, W1T 2AQ

Rating: ★★★★☆

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