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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Cilicia – Muswell Hill

Reviewed on February 4th, 2016 by Dina

There are times when certain areas are visited regularly and then there are other times when it may even be months before the same area is ventured to. This was the case with Muswell Hill; it was a well known area for a long time but that was not recently.

Muswell Hill was picked for an evening meal with the family. Not being familiar with the many eateries that had cropped up and not wanting to go to a chain restaurant, it was then the moment to turn to a trusted friend for recommendations.

Cilicia was the place that came highly recommended and it certainly lived up to its standards. This lovely restaurant was decorated with the ornate lighting, wooden furniture and it was clean and spacious. The staff were friendly and gave us good service all throughout the meal. They helped with suggestions for the menu with regards to dietary requirements. Cilicia has a range of drinks including Mighty Leaf teas and Monbana milkshakes.

It’s always good to start off with a Hot Mezze with its selection of dishes. This was accompanied with some fresh bread and Cilicia Hummus which was topped with diced lamb. Feta and spinach pastries, grilled halloumi, falafel, spicy salami, calamari and lamb kofte were all delicious and it made for a great starter to share. The Hot Mezze, the creamy hummus and the bread filled our tummies but we still had the main meal to come.

The Cilician Musakka was a wonderful, hearty dish. It was made of Mediterranean vegetables that were layered with Cilician sauce, tomato sauce and mozzarella. It was not too heavy on the cheese front and so the flavours of the vegetables and the tomatoes came through. It was nice that it was served with a bowl of vermicelli rice.

Tender grilled meats of lamb cutlet, lamb cubes, chicken cubes and a Cilicia skewer made up the Mix Grill. The meats were all cooked to perfection and it was served with vegetables and rice. A seafood main dish was the Garlic Tiger Prawns. These were shelled prawns cooked in a tomato based sauce with vegetables and herbs.

All of the food was of such a high quality, freshly cooked to order and full of flavour. Cilicia is a great independent restaurant that should pride itself on producing such wonderful food and giving their diners a great dining experience.

Cilicia, 440 Muswell Hill Broadway, London, N10 1BS

Rating: ★★★★★

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