Milk Bar @ Bateman Street, SOHO

以前に書いたLoreleiの向かいにあるカフェ・Milk Bar(ミルク・バー)。ソーホーで人気のオーストラリア系カフェ・Flat Whiteの姉妹店で、本店に負けず劣らずの人気だ(→参考サイト)。私達も何回かトライして、この日初めて座れた。入口に垂れ下がるキッチュな暖簾風の赤・白・ターコイズ3色の細長い布(ビニール?)をくぐると、奥はちょっと薄暗いまったりした空間で、壁にはアートや何だかよくわからないオブジェがぶら下がっている。この日は一人客が多く、本を読んだり、仕事をしたり、コンピュータに向かったりと、思い思いのことをしていて、店内は静かだったけれど、ソーホーという場所柄、時に若いグループ客で騒々しい時もある。

Square Mileのコーヒー豆を使い、コーヒーに定評のあるFlat Whiteと同じく、ここに来たら紅茶ではなくコーヒーを。私は基本紅茶派だけれど、オージー系の店ではFlat White(フラット・ホワイト*)を頼むことにしている。フラット・ホワイトが好きだということもあるけれど、Mに、イタリアではラッテやカプチーノは朝ご飯の時だけにしか飲まない、と言われて以来、午後カプチーノを注文することに罪悪感を感じるようになった。エスプレッソでもいいけれど、ミルクが入った方がやっぱり美味しい。


Milk Bar | 3 Bateman Street, Soho W1D 4AG  | 020 7287 4796

Milk Bar, located across Lorelei restaurant I talked in the past, is a sister café of SOHO’s popular Aussie venue Flat White. It is as crowded as Flat White, and we could get a table after few failed tries. Going through kitsch red/white/turquoise vinyl strips hanging at the entrance, you see dark and cozy space with dark wood furniture and the walls decorated with art works and some sort of objects. On the day we went, most customers were alone, reading, working, and typing computer, and the café was pleasantly quiet. But if you are unlucky, you may have to sit next to a bunch of noisy young people – it is probably more likely in the center of bustling SOHO.

You should order coffee, rather than tea, at Milk Bar, as well as Flat White famous for its excellent coffee made of beans from Square Mile. I usually order a cup of tea at a café, but opt to choose flat white at an Australian/New Zealand café. I like flat white, but also now I feel guilt to order my previous favorite drink cappuccino, especially in an Italian café, because M told me that cappuccino and latte are for breakfast and people don’t drink in the afternoon in Italy. I can drink espresso, but it tastes better with some milk for me, but not for M – he believes coffee with milk nauseates him for some reason…

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