[London] At the forefront of the recent explosion of antipodean cafes around London, resides Flat White.
It is a small café in the bustle of Berwick Street Market that has garnered a strong reputation for artisanal coffee in the heart of Soho.
Not only a meeting point for locals and market vendors, Flat White draws in students, travellers and professionals alike to a setting that is aptly poised to serve compelling cups of coffee.
Having opened in 2005, when Australian and New Zealand styled cafes were not as prevalent, and the mere notion of a flat white coffee was almost unheard of, lat White positioned itself as a sort of pioneering force the brought some wonderful things to the coffee scene.
They source their beans from the award-winning Drop Coffee Roasters in Sweden, and offer all shots of coffee as doubles.
Flat White pride themselves, like most cafes do these days, with having an approach to service and production that is both sustainable and ethical, aligning themselves with flavours that are not modified or tinkered with, but which are natural and of single origin.
The Flat White (£3.00, SGD5.50), the drink after which the café is named, bears immense pressure but manages to deliver in every way.
The cup was soothingly creamy, a shot of pertinent espresso and textured milk that offered a strong coffee with a tinge of luxuriance.
If you only every visited Flat White for their flat whites you would definitely be justified, but they do have an impressive selection of coffees and confections for anyone who desires something else.
What I find especially fascinating about the set up at Flat White is definitely the food.
Going back to their antipodean heritage, the café offered a medley of extremely inviting baguettes (£9.00, SGD16), pastries (£2.00 – 4.00, SGD3.70 – 7.40), toasties (£9.00, SGD16) and bagels (£4.00, SGD7.40) that looked and tasted brilliant.
Alongside my flat white, I dug into an absolutely massive bagel, a reuben bagel filled with succulent, juicy pickles, generous slices of herb crusted beef, melted cheese and cabbage.
The poppy seed bagel was warm and fresh tasting, and brought the assembly together with incredible dexterity.
With such a beguiling coffee culture, beamingly enthusiastic team and bespoke cuisine at Flat White, it is no surprise that the cafe commends itself as a humble spot for anyone looking for a cosy coffee haven in London.
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* Written by DFD’s London Food Correspondent Leander Dias SaltyCritic. Leander Dias was born and raised in Dubai, a burgeoning city with diverse food culture. Since moving to London to read for his English MA at UCL, he has utterly immersed himself in the local food scene, writing extensively about everything he eats everywhere he goes. Additional photos from Daniel Ang @DanielFoodDiary. Daniel’s Food Diary pays for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.