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Cortado Coffee & Cava Bar @ Gainsborough Studios, New North Road

Shoreditch Parkの北にあるアパートメント・コンプレックス、Gainsborough Studiosの中にあるカフェ・Cortado。ウェブサイトもFacebookページもなくツイッターのみ(@CortadoN1)、開店時間や電話番号等インターネット上でもほとんど情報がない穴場のようなこのお店、去年7月のオープン(Twitter情報)以来、ずっと気になっていた。

中は、グレーの壁や白木造りのテーブルといった淡い色調をベースに、黄色い椅子がアクセントになった、北欧風インテリア。ツイッターの紹介欄では、「coffee & cava bar specialising in delicious Spanish goodies(美味しいスペイン料理を出すコーヒー&カバ・バー)」とあり、メニューを見た限りさほどスペイン風とは思えないが、チョリソハモン・セラーノ等を使った卵料理やサラダ、サンドイッチなど、朝食、ブランチ、ランチメニューがある。夜は営業していない(と思う)のに、スパニッシュ・ワイン(赤・白・ロゼ・カバ)やビールもあるのが、いかにもショーディッチらしい。

この日のランチは、BLTサンドイッチ(£4.50)とチョリソ入りスクランブルエッグ(£6)。サンドイッチは好きな具を選べるカスタムオーダー式で、肉入りで£4.50、ベジタリアンだと£4。ハーフサイズ(£2.50 / £2.20)にして、サラダ(£5)やスープ(£3)と組み合わせたりもできる。ホーローのお皿や木のボードなど、プレゼンテーションも洒落ていて、手作り料理もコーヒーも想像以上。なかなか行きづらい場所にあるのがネックだが、近くにお越しの際は是非!

Gainsborough Studios West
1 Poole Street
N1 5ED

Cortado is a little cute cafe, located inside the large apartment complex Gainsborough Studios, north of Shoreditch Park. We wanted to try this cafe for a while and finally we had a chance to visit. Cortado doesn’t have a website or facebook page, just twitter account (@CortadoN1), and I couldn’t find much information about this anonymous cafe, including telephone number and opening hours, except the fact that it opened in last July and the location.

The cafe is tasteful decorated in Scandinavian style, with yellow chairs making a good contrast with soft colours such as light gray walls and light-wood tables. Their twitter page calls themselves as a “coffee & cava bar  specialising in delicious spanish goodies”. The menu doesn’t seem so Spanish, but they offer breakfast, brunch & lunch menu such as a selection of egg dishes and salads with chorizo or serrano ham, as well as sandwiches. I don’t think it opens at night, but they also have ‘booze’ menu with a selection of Spanish wines (whites, reds, rose, and sparklings) and Estrella beer – very Shoreditch-y.

Our lunch of the day was BLT sandwiches (£4.50) and scrambled egg with chorizo (£6). They make a custom sandwich with ingredients of your choice (meat option £4.50 / vegies £4). You can also order “halfwich” (£2.50 / £2.20) and make your own combo with soup (£3) or salad (£5). Their make-to-order food was hearty and yummy, and their coffee was equally high standard. The presentation of food on an enamel plate and a wooden board was very cute as well. The only problem is their “not easy to reach” location, but if you happen to be nearby, you should definitely try!

BLTサンドイッチ(£4.50)とサラダ / BLT sandwiches (£4.50) and salad

チョリソ入りスクランブルエッグ(£6)/ scrambled egg with chorizo (£6)


Their banana bread with pecan and honey was mouthwatering too.


Brawn @ Columbia Road

毎日曜日に開かれるフラワーマーケットで有名なColumbia Roadに昨年オープンしたレストラン・Brawn。マーケット以外には特に何もないエリアにあり、外にも建物にも看板もない目立たない店構えだけれど、舌の肥えたグルメな人たちでいつも混んでいる人気店で、Charing Crossにあるフレンチのワインバー・Terroirsの姉妹店なのだそう。ランチ時間も過ぎたこの日、客は少なかったけれど、週末やランチタイムは、予約なしでは席取りにも一苦労するほど。メディアの評判も上々で、入る前から期待が高まる。二部屋にまたがる、天井が高くて明るい店内も、ミッドセンチュリー風の家具やポスター等で、ヒップなショーディッチ住民が好きそうな今流行のスタイルにまとめられている。

SOHOにあるSpuntinoと同じく、今ロンドンで流行中の小皿料理なので、お腹が空いてる時は、一人一品では物足りない。「honest and simple with a respect for tradition(伝統を尊重した、正直でシンプル)」なフードメニューは、正直、英語、フランス語、スペイン語、イタリア語のチャンポンで今イチ理解できず、スタッフのお姉さんに説明をお願いする。この日は、Hand Chopped Tuscan Style Beef(生の牛肉にスパイスを利かせたイタリア版ユッケ。£8)、Spatchcock’d Quail, Spiced Aubergine, Harrisa & Preserved Lemon(開いてグリルしたうずらと、スパイスされた茄子、チュニジアのチリソース、レモン。£9)、Pancetta Arrotolata(パンチェッタ・アロトラータ。イタリアのベーコン・パンチェッタのロール状を薄切りにし、トーストにのせたもの。£8)。新鮮で上質な材料を使っているのは素人目にも分かる。オーガニック・ベーカリーのE5 Bakehouseから仕入れているパンも美味しい。が、イタリア版ユッケは、味がなくて少しもさもさしている(日本人としては生卵を入れたいところだが、サルモネラ菌の問題もあり、イギリスでは生卵は食べない)。それに脂身の多いパンチェッタのマイルドな甘さと塩辛さには、Brawnの酸味のキツいサワードウより、塩抜き味なしトスカーナパンの方が合うような気がする。でも、うずらは焼き加減も良く柔らかく、当たり。ちなみに、汚い話ですが、その日下痢になった。生肉が原因?!という気がしないでもないけれど。。。


Brawn opened last year on Columbia Road, famous for a street flower market on Sundays. The area has nothing special other than the market, and exterior of the restaurant is quite modest without visible signage, but it is a popular venue for foodies. I found out (in its ladies toilet) that Brawn is a sister restaurant of Terroirs French wine bar in Charing Cross. The day and time when we went in late afternoon was far from busy, but the friendly waitress told us that it is hard to get a table during lunch time and weekend without reservation. Food critiques seem to love the restaurant and all talked very well, so our expectation was high. Their space, separated in two rooms with high ceiling and lots of light, is decorated with mid-century furniture and posters and its London’s up-to-date style surely attracts hip Shoreditch crowds.

They claim their food is “honest and simple with a respect for tradition.” But we hardly understood their menu written in mixture of English, French, Italian and Spanish, and had to ask the staff for explanation, which took hours. Like Spuntino in SOHO, Brawn serves ‘small plates’, which is fashionable now in London. So if you are hungry, one plate per person is far from enough. That day, we ordered Hand Chopped Tuscan Style Beef (spiced raw beef, £8), Spatchcock’d Quail, Spiced Aubergine, Harrisa & Preserved Lemon (£9), and Pancetta Arrotolata (£8). I could tell that they use fresh and high quality ingredients by just looking at the dishes. The sourdough bread from organic bakery E5 Bakehouse was equally excellent. However, Tuscan style Beef didn’t have much taste and rather dry – I wanted to add a raw egg as famous Korean raw meat dish Yukhoe, but use of raw egg is not recommended in UK due to a risk of salmonella infection. Also I felt that combination of salted but mild Pancetta and sourdough was a bit too much – Pancetta is probably better with saltless bland Tuscan bread instead. The winner of the day was the quail – perfectly cooked, tender, and delicious. It may be nothing to do with Brawn, but I got diarrhea after I came back home. We were wondering if it was because of the raw meat, but no proof…

Basically I am not a fan of recent trend of ‘small plates’. It is not because of the food per se, but unlike Tapas in Spain or stuzzichini/spuntini in Italy, popular restaurants of its kind in London charge quite a lot for a tiny portion, though look deceptively casual and informal, and we may receive a huge bill at the end if we eat as we like carelessly. Food critiques all say that food at Brawn is good value for money, but honestly I don’t feel the same, after experienced cheap and excellent ‘simple & honest’ food in Southern European countryside. Or rather save up the money for the next trip. Probably the patrons of Brawn are people who eat what they want without looking into their wallets or check the bank balance. But the irony is that Brawn is located in the heart of East London, one of the most deprived area in the city, close to the public housing complex – the cost of dinner at Brawn would pay for a food bill of a family of four for a week.

Macondo Cafe @ Camden Passage, Angel


水・土曜日に開催されるアンティークマーケットで有名な、Angelのカムデン・パッセージ(Camden Passage)にあるカフェ、Macondoでランチをした。2003年にホクストン・スクエアにできたスパニッシュ・ラテンカフェの2号店。ギャラリーも併設した店内は、アート作品が壁を飾っています。デリから選べる食べ物の他、タコスやスパニッシュオムレツ等のラテン食、またケーキ類が充実している。土曜日の今日はとても混んでいて、スペイン人やイタリア人等ラテン系のお客も多々。私たちは、スパニッシュ・コロッケ、ラザーニャを注文。ラザーニャはイタリア人Mのお口に合ったようだが、ほうれん草の一杯詰まったコロッケは味が薄く、ちょっと残念。量が多いので、小食の方はご注意を。

今日、カフェの前を通ったけれど、Macondo Cafeはどうやら閉店してしまったようです。Macondoの前にあったカフェ2店も次々閉店したので、この場所は何か因縁があるのかも。

We had lunch at a Spanish/Latin cafe, called Macondo on Camden Passage, in Angel.  Camden Passage is known for the antique market on every Wednesday and Saturday. After their success in Hoxton Square, Macondo opened a second cafe in Angel in December 2007. Macondo has a variety of “Spanish/Latin American” foods as well as cakes/puddings, and there are some artworks on the wall of cafe/gallery. The cafe was crowded on today (Saturday), and there were some Spanish and Italians as well. We ordered Spanish croquets and Lasagna – Italian M liked the Lasagna, but my croquets with spinach didn’t have any taste… The amount was huge, so be careful if you are not so hungry!

* update on the date of March 3, 2010
I passed by Macondo Cafe today and it seems to be failed. Two cafes before Macondo also closed in a short period time, and the place may be cursed…
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