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Bea’s of Bloomsbury @ Theobald’s Road

Bea's of Bloomsbury

Dose Esporessoで食べたスイーツが美味しかったので、Theobald’s Roadにある仕入れ先のBea’s of Bloomsburyに行ってみた。交通量の多いTheobald’s Roadに面していて、特に何があるわけでもないエリアという立地条件だが、Time Out誌の「London’s Best Tea Rooms」「London’s Best Coffee」に選ばれた他、数々のメディアにも取り上げられた、隠れた名店。全ての商品は、厳選された材料を使って、毎日店内のオープン・キッチンで手作りされる。店先のウィンドーには、芸術的にデコレーションされたケーキが並び、カウンターには色とりどりのカップケーキやペイストリー(pastry/焼き菓子)、ケーキ類が並ぶ。スイーツの他、2時半までは日替わりランチやサンドイッチが食事類、2時半以降はTime Out誌で「ベスト・カジュアル・アフタヌーンティー」に輝いたアフタヌーンティーが£8で楽しめる。黒を基調にした、クラシック・モダンな店内にいくつかあるテーブルは、昼下がりのお茶とケーキを楽しんでいる人で満席。テイクアウトした、ドライフルーツ入りのケーキは、しっとりしていて甘さ加減もちょうどいい。Mが愛用のAlessi PINA エスプレッソ・メーカーで入れてくれたエスレッソとともに頂いた。美味しかった:)

We went to Bea’s of Bloomsbury on Theobald’s Road, as the sweets we had at Dose Esporesso were delicious. Located on busy Theobald’s Road in a boring area, but the cafe is a hidden gem. Everything in the cafe is produced eacy day in their open-plan kitchen using good quality ingredients (including coffee from Square Mile coffee). Bea’s is the winner of “London’s Best Tea Rooms” and “London’s Best Coffee” by Time Out magazine, and got many media coverages. You can see artistically decorated cakes displayed at the store windows, and colorful cupcakes, pastries and sweets are at the counter inside waiting for you. Other than these tempting sweets, you can also have daily lunch menus and sandwiches before 2:30 pm, and enjoy their award-winning “‘no-frills’ afternoon tea” (Time Out) for £8 thereafter. The interior is ‘classic modern’ style based on black. Few tables inside were all taken by the people enjoying afternoon tea and cakes. We had our take-out cake with dry fruits with M’s espresso made by his beloved Alessi PINA espresso maker. The cake was moist and perfect sweetness. Yummy – very satisfied.

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Dose Espresso Café @ Barbican/Smithfield

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地下鉄Barbican駅からLong LaneをSmithfield Marketの方向に向かって数分のところにあるカフェ、Dose EspressoSacred CafeNude Espressoと同様、またまたニュージーランド人経営の、客が2組も入ればいっぱいになる小さなカフェだけれど、シドニーとロンドンで7年以上経験を積んだバリスタであるオーナーの、コーヒーや食べ物に関するこだわりは強い。愛用のLa Marzocco FB-80は、フィレンツェで手作りされたエスプレッソ・マシーンの最高級品。コーヒーは、品質に定評のあるSquare Mile Coffee Roastersから、生産者の待遇や栽培方法に極力配慮したコーヒー豆を仕入れている。サンドイッチやサラダ、ポリッジ等は手作り。オーガニックの材料を使って石釜で焼かれたパンはBorn and Bread Bakeryから、キッシュ、スープ、スウィーツはTime Out誌での評価も高いBea’s of Bloomsburyから仕入れている。今回Mはモッツァレラとトマトのサンドイッチを、私はバナナのパウンドケーキを頼んだ(photo)。残念ながらサンドイッチはMのお気に召さなかったらしいが、温めてバターを少しのせたパウンドケーキは、ダウンアンダー系のカフェにつきもののFlat Whiteの苦みと良く合って、とてもおいしかった。Mのデザートのマッチ箱サイズの小型フィナンシェも絶品、ちょっと甘いものを食べたい時にぴったり(photo)。ただ木の椅子とプラスティック製のスツールは、座り心地が良くないのが残念。まあ、小さい店なので、長居せず、次の客に席を譲れということなのだろう。可愛いメニューボードも必見。

Dose Espresso is small on Long Lane, few minutes walk from Barbican tube station toward Smithfield Market. Like Sacred Cafe and Nude Espresso, another Kiwi-owned tiny café with few seats, but the owner’s passion for coffee and food deserves to be acknowledged. The owner is an experienced barista who had worked over 7 years in Sydney and London, and his La Marzocco FB-80 is the top quality espresso machine handmade in Florence. Their coffee is ethically sourced, carefully roasted and delivered in reusable buckets from Square Mile Coffee Roasters, which specialise in finding the best coffee beans from around the world. Sandwiches, salads and porridges are homemade. Their organic bread are baked in wood fired oven and comes from artisan bakery Born and Bread. The quiches, soups and sweets are delivered from Bea’s of Bloomsbury, highly rated café/bakery by Time Out. M ordered Mozzrella and tomato sandwich, and I ordered Banana cake and Flat White, which is a must at “down under” café (photo).  The sandwich unfortunately wasn’t nominated in M’s list of the best sandwich in town (M said it was blunt – maybe it was almost the end of the day?), but my banana cake, warmed and topped with some butter, was excellent and perfect with bitter Flat White. M’s desert, matchbox size friands was delicious as well, and perfect to satisfy your sugar craze while you are on diet (photo). I don’t call their wooden chairs and plastic stools are the most comfortable seats, but I guess that we have to give up the seat for a next guest as soon as we finish our food or coffee, due to their limited space. Must see their cute menu board, before you leave.

アップデート/UPDATE on May 13, 2011

* Dose Espresso Caféは最近、数軒先のKipferlがあった場所に引っ越し、少し広くなった。

* Dose Espresso Café recently moved to few steps away where Kipferl used to locate, and became a bit bigger.

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