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Konditor & Cook: a Sweet Paradise

Konditor & CookKonditor & Cook @ Chancery Lane

地下鉄Chancery Lane駅からGrays Inn Roadを少し北に行ったところにあるKonditor & Cookは、スウィーツ好きにはたまらないカフェ。Borough MarketやSOHOにあるミニシアター系映画館・Curzon SOHO等、現在ロンドンに5店舗ある。全てのスウィーツは、Free Range(放し飼い)の卵や天然のバター等、高品質の材料を使って手作りされている。バースデー・ケーキやウェディング・ケーキの注文も受け付けており、カラフルでキュートなMagic Cakeには特別メッセージも入れられる。

ここ、Chancery Lane店では、イートインもできるけれど、中と外に数席しかなくて、運が悪いと座れない時もある。店頭には美味しそうなケーキが並び、クッキーやチョコレート類も充実している。サンドイッチもあるんだけれど、ラップに無造作に包まれていて、きれいに包装されたお菓子類に比べると、かなり見劣りするかな。今は季節柄、ハロウィーンのカボチャのデザインのチョコレート等も売っている。Konditorの色とりどりのケーキやお菓子類、見ているだけでハッピーな気分になれます。

Konditor & Cook, going a bit north from Chancery Lane tube station on Grays Inn Road, is the cafe that you cannot resist if you have a sweet tooth. Currently, there are five shops in London, including the ones in Borough Market and Curzon SOHO, an art-house movie theater chain in SOHO. All cakes are handmade, using high quality ingredients such as free range-eggs and natural butter. You can order birthday cakes and wedding cakes, as well as special messages on their colorful and cute Magic Cakes.

At the Chancery Lane shop, you can eat-in, but you may not find a seat if you are unlucky, as there are only few seats inside and outside. There are gorgeous cakes displayed at the store front, as well as a wide variety of cookies and sweets on the counter and at the shelves. They have sandwiches too, wrapped roughly with cling films, and it doesn’t look as good as beautifully wrapped confectionaries. You can find now seasonable Halloween pumpkin chocolates etc. Just looking at Konditor & Cook’s mouthwatering sweets make everyone feel happy.

Konditor & Cook @ Chancery Lane

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Trattoria Sapori Pizzeria/Bar/Cafe/Deli @ Newington Green

Trattoria SaporiTrattoria Sapori

Islingtonイズリントン)のNewington Green公園の向かいに最近出来た小さなイタリアン、Trattoria Sapori。週7日休みなし、朝8時から夜11時までオープンする働き者のこのピッツェリア/バー/カフェ/デリ、メニューには、ピザやパスタ、スウィーツ等お馴染みのイタリア料理が並ぶ。ピザ、パスタ、ケーキ類は、全部お店で手作りだそう。直方体の箱のようなこのお店は、外観はいかつい感じだが、店内はちょっとくたびれた感じのカントリー風の木製家具が、いい感じ。歩道に面して大きな窓があり、ぼーっと外を見ながらリラックスできる。天気がいい日は外のテーブルでも気持ちがいい。今日初めて行ったのだが、注文を受けてから作る熱々のピザはなかなか美味。チーズケーキはちょっと重たくてもったりしていて、大きすぎなのが残念。でも居心地の良いこのTrattoria Sapori、また近々行きたいと思う。次回はパスタに挑戦してみたい。

追記:7月19日(日)

今日、またTrattoria Saporiに行ってきた。日曜日で、Newington Greenで子供向けの催しがあったからか、店はほぼ満席。何とか席を見つけてから注文するまで、ずいぶん待たされた。テーブルは汚く、きれいにしてもらうまで、不機嫌なウェートレスに2度も頼まねばならなかったほど。小さな店の割にウェートレスが4人も居るのに、皆何故か忙しそうにしていて顔も合わせない。メニューは、前回は気づかなかったのだが、誤字・文法間違いを何カ所か発見。Mが指摘すると、働いてるのは皆イタリア人だと言われた。少なくともウェートレスは全て非イタリア人、私たちはトルコ人の店ではないかと思っている(あの辺りはトルコ人エリアだし、トルコ人はイタリア人に見えないこともない)。ピザはまあまあ美味しかったけれど、サービスの悪さ・愛想の悪さが気になった。多分、もう行かないと思う。

Trattoria Sapori is a newly opened small Italian pizzeria/Bar/Cafe/Deli in front of Newington Green, Islington. This hardworking trattoria opens from 8am to 11pm, 7days a week. Popular Italian dishes such as pizza, pasta, sweets etc are on their menu, and their pizza, pasta, breads, and cakes are made on the premises using the finest flour. On the contrary to its harsh exterior, the interior with rusty country style second-hand wooden furniture gives a warm feeling. We felt relaxed sitting next to the big windows and looking outside. It would be a good idea to sit outside table when the weather is better. Today is our first day to dine at Trattoria Sapori. Their juicy and crispy pizza made to order was yummy, but my cheesecake was a bit too heavy and big and the whip cream was too liquefied. But overall we were happy for their food and service – I’d love to try their pasta next time.

P.S. July 19, 2009, Sunday

We went to Trattoria Sapori again today. The cafe was almost full, as today is Sunday and there was a kids event at Newington Green. We had to wait quite long until we were asked to order since we sat down. The table was dirty with oil stains and pizza crumbs, and we had to ask twice to grumpy waitresses to clean. There were four waitressess in the small restaurant, but they all seemed to be very busy and never made an eye contact. Though we didn’t notice last time, we found some misspelling in Italian. M pointed it out to one of the waitress but we were told that all workers were “Italians”. They didn’t learn spelling at school, or they are not Italian?? We suspect that they are Turkish, as the cafe is in the middle of the Turkish area, and they can look Italians (at least to my eyes). It is a shame that the service was pretty bad, as their pizza was not bad. We probably wouldn’t go back again…

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