Review: Flat White, Soho

One of the first of the ‘third wave’ coffee shops (they’re not cafes, you know) in London, this antipodean venue is a Soho favourite and inspiration for many imitators. Opened in 2005, it fast became a hub for Australians and New Zealanders. These days, you can still here the odd twang of an accent from down under, but it’s full of all-sorts from market traders to trendy Soho media type.

One of the first third wave cafes

One of the first third wave cafes

Coffee – 5/5

Serving its own Square Mile blend, this cappuccino was truly excellent. A deep and smoky flavour with a creamy foam. And at £2.50, it was a bargain.

Baby blue mugs are as common as white walls and dark wood these days

Baby blue mugs are as common as white walls and dark wood these days

Atmosphere – 4/5

It’s pretty small and dark inside, with a few tables dotted around the edges. It does have a cosy, get chatting the stranger next to you feel, and the old Hollywood pictures on the wall give it a dive bar vibe. Getting one of the coveted seats out fronts is nigh on impossible, but on a sunny day, it’s a prime spot in Soho.

Not sure this is the dictionary definition

Not sure this is the dictionary definition

Food – 3/4

Pretty limited in choices, it serves its breakfast menu until 4pm. This consist of the usual porridge, muesli, and eggs on toast. It also serves toasties, which go for a very reasonable £3. I recommend the Baked Beans and Chorizo toastie.

Service – 3/3

With the typical Aussie attitude, it’s chatty and in your face service, but done with a smile and a wink. Fast, efficient and highly competent.

Extras – 0/3

Not much, not even wifi.

Summary – 15/20

As the Godfather of new coffee shops, this had a lot to live up to and does so with aplomb. A bit more choice on the food and some extras and this would be unstoppable.

Details

17 Berwick Street,

Soho,

W1F0PT

Web: flatwhitecafe.com

Twitter: @flatwhitesoho

 

30339200

Sort code55-81-44

 

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