I’m a bit divided about this place. The coffee is really good – well made espresso using proper beans, and lattes and cappuccinos that have just the right amount of milk and froth and still taste strong. They’re all around £2, about the same price as most places in this area.
They also have an enticing choice of cakes and sandwiches laid out. The cookie I had (£1.20) was big and tasted like it’d just been baked – all crisp on the outside and soft and doughy inside. The paninis looked well made, with good quality bread and filling ingredients nicely balanced.
But on the down side these sandwiches are close to five pounds, taking the total bill for lunch up to near a tenner. To me, this seems like a bit too much to be paying for lunch on a regular basis and would put me off coming here more often. I’d rather go somewhere that had slightly more basic food but at a lower price.
The décor is stylish and would appeal to a lot of design conscious brick lane types. But everything feels a bit clinical and the hard, slightly cramped seating doesn’t really invite you to lounge around for long. I’d prefer somewhere a bit less fashionable, but with more individual character and a sense of cosiness. Brick Lane Coffee springs to mind.
So overall, I’d say it’s good for grabbing a quick coffee but bad if you want to eat or hang out for a while in comfort.
26 Hanbury St, London E1 6QR