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Kiosk Takeaway Sandwich Shop @ King’s Cross Station

キングス・クロス駅に隣接するGreat Northern Hotelのテナントで、西側コンコース側にあるテークアウト用サンドイッチショップ・KIOSK。ヒップなデザインが目を引くこのお店は、その場でスライスしたローストターキー(七面鳥)やポーク、ソルトビーフ等をこだわりのパンに挟んだグルメサンドイッチが売り。朝11時前まではクロワッサンやマフィン、ポリッジ、そしてブレックファスト・サンドイッチと朝食用メニューがある。こだわりついでに、コーヒーもMonmouth coffeeのもの。パッケージデザインもいい感じ(ウェブ参照)。まだここのサンドイッチは食べた事がないのだけれど、もしキングス・クロス駅から電車に乗る事があれば是非一度トライしてみたい。

KIOSK, built into the ground floor of the Great Northern Hotel and opened to the Western Concourse at King’s Cross Station, is a hip take-away shop that grabbed our eyes when passing by. They sell hot roast meat sandwiches with freshly hand-carved turkey, pork or salt-beef in between artisan breads, as well as breakfast favorites such as bacon or sausage sandwiches, croissants, muffins and porridge. Monmouth coffee is also available to go. I love their package design! (see their website).I haven’t tried their ‘gourmet’ sandwiches yet, but it’s on my to-eat list if we have a chance to travel from King’s Cross station one day.

Pho Spitalfields @ Brushfield Street

フォーをはじめとするベトナムのストリートフードを出すレストラン、Phoに最初に行ったのは2005年、クラーケンウェルのSt John streetにオープンしたばかりの第一号店だった。その頃のロンドンのベトナム料理レストランと言えば、安っぽくセンスのない装飾のところばかりで、このPhoが、その後誕生するおしゃれなベトナム・レストランの走りだったと思う。そのPhoは現在、ロンドンに6店舗、ブライトンに1店舗を持つまでに成長した。

今日、このミニチェーンの新しい支店、Pho Spitalfields店に行ってきた。ベトナム料理店の居並ぶ「Phở Mile」と呼ばれるKingsland Streetから遠くはないけれど、Old Spitalfields Marketの向かいでリバプールストリート駅から徒歩数分という地の利、そして周りに競合店がないこともあり、エスニックフードを好む若者やヘルシー志向のシティのビジネスマン相手で、この店はまず安泰だろう。



First time we went to Pho Vietnamese restaurant was just after opening of their first venue in 2005 on St John street in Clerkenwell. We were quite excited when we found this cute place – at that time, most of the Vietnamese restaurants in London were shabby and cheaply decorated, and Pho is the first contemporary Vietnamese eatery we had seen here. Since then, Pho, focusing on Vietnamese street food, especially Phở noodle soup as the name suggests, has expanded and now have 6 restaurants in London and one in Brighton.

Today we tried their latest addition, Pho Spitalfields on Brushfield Street, just across the Old Spitalfields Market and few minutes walk from Liverpool Street station. It’s not far away from famous “Phở Mile,” but Pho has a geographical advantage of being close to those busy areas and has no strong competitors around. With their established reputation, I am sure they won’t fail there.

A bit dark inside, but nicely furnished natural and warm with everything wood as well as bare brick and white tiled walls. Everything nice, except cheesy “Pho” neon sign on the wall (in the 6th photo) which is not necessary to me.

Pho has rather simple menu, focusing on a small number of Vietnamese street foods, strictly Vietnamese and no Chinese dishes. It’s a big plus for me as “focus on one cuisine and don’t mix with others” is very important when I look for an oriental restaurant. At Pho, everything is made in-house from the high quality ingredients delivered daily, using authentic recipes, according to their website. Very important, too. Photos below are what we ordered.

Goi Cuon Tom(海老とハーブ入り生春巻き £4.45)とCha Gio(豚の春巻き £4.75)。上のフィッシュソースかピーナッツソースを選べる。生春巻きはあまり味がなく、揚げ春巻きも豚肉の味がせず物足りない。2品とも、通いたくなるような美味しさはなし。

Goi Cuon Tom (fresh summer rolls with prawns and fresh herbs, £4.45) and Cha Gio (fried pork spring rolls £4.75) with Nuoc cham fish sauce or peanut sauce. The summer rolls was bland and didn’t have much taste, and same to the spring rolls, as I didn’t taste pork and lacked wow-factor. I felt like something was missing from both dishes, and I wasn’t impressed.

Pho Tai Bo Vien(薄切り牛肉と肉団子入りフォー £7.95)と Pho Tai Chin(薄切り牛肉とブリスケット入りフォー £7.95)。フォーを売りにしているだけあって、フォーはなかなかの味。お肉は柔らかく、肉骨とスパイスを煮込んで出汁を取ったスープは旨味があり、添加物などの変な後味も残らない。

Pho Tai Bo Vien with steak, meatballs (£7.95) and Pho Tai Chin with steak and brisket (£7.95). Their signature dish Pho was quite nice. The meat was tender, and their broth, which I believe that they make proper stock from beef bones and spices, was flavourful without any nasty aftertaste of additives or MSGs.

Ca Phe(コンデンスミルク入りベトナム風コーヒー £2.25)。コンデンスミルク入りかブラックか選べるが、やっぱりコンデンスミルク入りが美味しい。コーヒーを淹れるためのステンレスのカップが、ガラスのカップの上に載って出てくるのも、何だか可愛い。

Ca Phe Vietnamese coffee (£2.25). Can be served with or without condensed milk, but definitely better with it. The presentation of “cup on top of a cup” was cute.


Ground floor. The floor staffs were friendly and the service was excellent.


Upper floor for more tables and takeaway counter.

Tea & Cake London

紅茶、アフタヌーン・ティーと言えばイギリス。昨年11月に発行されたカフェ&ケーキガイド「Tea & Cake London」は、ロンドンで美味しい紅茶、ケーキを楽しめるカフェやティールーム、ベーカリーなど、伝統あるお店から最近人気のモダンでスタイリッシュなお店まで、70店以上を紹介。「Everyday Specials: Cafes & Tearooms(日常で使えるカフェ&ティールーム)」「Grand Affairs: Afternoon Tea(伝統的アフタヌーンティーを体験できる店)」「Pop In, Take Out: Bakeries & Patisseries(テイクアウトや手早くお茶できるベーカリーやケーキ屋さん)」「Tea with a Twist: Alternative & Themed(外国風カフェや、ユニークなコンセプト、テーマを持ったお店)」「Virtuous Vices: Vegan & Allergy-Friendly(ベジタリアンやアレルギーがある人でも楽しめるお店)」の5章に分かれていて、それぞれの目的にあった場所を見つけることが出来る。

縦横16.5 x 14.5 cmの小さな本だけれど、192ページに渡り新旧の人気店を数多く取り上げていて(今までブログで書いたお店も多数)、オールカラーの写真も綺麗。ただケーキと言っても、フランスや日本のような、見た目も綺麗で繊細なケーキがいただけるところは残念ながらあまり多くなく、カップケーキとかブラウニー程度がご自慢の「ケーキ」だったりするカフェも多いけれど、ロンドンだから仕方ない。また、マップ検索しないとカフェの場所が分からないのが難点、ページナンバー入りのエリア別地図があれば尚良し。

Having tea and ‘Afternoon Tea‘ is a beloved and well-known British tradition. “Tea & Cake London” is a comprehensive guide to the best places to enjoy tea and cake across the city, introducing 70 cafes, bakeries and tearooms from classy establishments to stylish modern versions. The book has five chapters which focus on a different type of London’s tea and cake scene: “Everyday Specials” Cafes & Tearooms; “Grand Affairs” Afternoon Tea; “Pop In, Take Out” Bakeries & Patisseries; “Tea with a Twist” Alternative & Themed; and “Virtuous Vices” Vegan & Allergy-Friendly. So you can find the perfect place based on what you want, from everyday retreats and takeaway goodies to afternoon teas for special occasions and exotic cafés for fun.

This cute book with a dimension of 16.5 x 14.5 cm and 192 pages, picks up many old & new popular places in London (I have written many of those in my blog), and all-coloured photos are pretty. Although not all the ‘cakes’ in the book are the beautifully decorated ones you see at French pâtisseries but just brownies or cupcakes, but this is London, not in Paris. Another problem is that there is no map and I have to map search to know the location of the café I would like to try – it would be better if the book has detailed area maps with page numbers.

Takeaway/Delivery Food Revolution

先週末のThe Sunday Times(サンデー・タイムズ)付録の雑誌「STYLE」の記事によると、イギリスでは今、テークアウト&デリバリー革命が起きているという(タイムズのオンライン記事は有料なのでリンク不可)。少し大げさな表現だけれど、かつてデリバリーやテークアウトと言えば、ピザやチャイニーズ、ケバブと言ったチープで不健康な食べ物というイメージがあったが、不況の影響か、最近ハイクオリティ・フードも市場に参入してきた。The Ivy、Le Caprice、Scott’sなどを展開する高級レストラングループのCaprice Holdingsは最近テークアウトをも始め、その値段はレストラン価格の3分の1ほどだという。また、日本食の有名店・Nobuも、持ち帰り用手作り寿司ボックス(12人分£528.75!)を今月から始める。コンテンポラリー・アジアン・レストランXOは、近くにあるデリXO to GOで、温めるだけの持ち帰りメニューを扱う。



I read the article about recent changes in take-out/delivery food market in UK on the last weekend’s Sunday Times ‘STYLE’ magazine (I can’t link the article as the Times charges you to read online article). Before, takeaway food meant cheap and often unhealthy food such as pizza, Chinese and Kebab, but now high quality food is also available on the market, as byproduct of the recent recession. Caprice Holdings fine-dining chain that owns The Ivy, Rivington Grill, Le Caprice and Scott’s, now offers their food for takeaway, with the the price of a third of the restaurants’. Posh Japanese Nobu launches takeaway Tedukuri (=make your own) Sushi Box (£528.75!! For up to 12 people) this month. Contemporary pan-Asian restaurant XO sells “Ready to Heat” food at a nearby deli XO to GO.

On the other hand, Housebites.com, just started few days ago, offers a unique system to connect customers and chefs in the local area. The system is simple; enter your postcode, browse and choose from the menus by chef in your area as well as delivery slot, and pay online. That’s it. Just wait your food to arrive at your doorstep. These ‘chef’ can be experienced professional chef or just a great cook providing delicious meals to friends and family. Click a photo, and you will get the chef’s profile and customers’ review, though there in almost no reviews now because the service is just started. I put my postcode as a test. I got 3 chefs around my area – paellas cooked by one of them looked delicious.

I am already a stay-at-home type, and if I can have even meals prepared by professional at home, I would never go out!!

FoodHall Deli & Café @ Old Street, Shoreditch




FoodHall on Old Street near Hoxton Square, is a deli and café, offering a variety of gourmet foods such as freshly prepared food, sandwiches, sliced pizza, pastries & bread, as well as fruits & veg, fresh meat & poultry, cheese and others. There are also eat-in areas on the back and in the courtyard. This posh deli, which looks like the one in an expensive area somewhere in Chelsea, attract a certain crowd in this edgy neighborhood. In general, their products are quite expensive, and you may even think that they are over-priced. First time I visited the store, I bought some groceries like organic milk, eggs and some meat without paying attention to their price tags, and I was surprised by its total at the cashier. Now I don’t buy those ‘organic’ products as I can find good ones at Waitrose with better prices, but still I can’t miss their cakes and bread. Though more expensive than the average price in the area, but its sophisticated taste and perfect sweetness worth the price. I like their simple cakes such as banana sliced cake and raspberry financier, but their cheesecakes I bought before were excellent as well. I also recommend their ciabatta bread, crispy outside and soft inside. It tastes better if you lightly toast it and dip it in extra-virgin olive oil.

But another big minus at FoodHall as well as their price is their often unfriendly and impolite staff. We went to buy ciabatta at FoodHall today, and complained about a rock-hard ciabatta we bought the other day. But we were just told, “next time, touch and check the bread before you buy, as sometimes old stocks mix with the new ones” – without sincere apology. We almost screamed to the guy, “that’s the store’s job to check whatever they sell!!”, but managed to control ourselves and left with newly purchased nicely baked ciabatta. Of course we checked its hardness before we bought. This is our worst experience at the store, but I’ve never impressed by their customer service. I was relieved to know that we are not the only one – I found some reviews about the store while I was looking for the store’s website (but I couldn’t find it), and some people complain the same thing!

Although I don’t like the store’s unpleasant attitudes and expensive prices, their sweets are truly irresistible and go back at the end…

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