Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Best cafes: Bond & Brook, London

The new Fenwick cafe is like a bubble of calm in a frothing maelstrom. Depart the bustle of Oxford Street for the refined patter of New Bond Street, then take it down another notch and enter the cool oasis of Fenwick.

The cafe is on the second floor and is almost exclusively white. White walls, white design tables and chairs and a white veined marble floor. The most notable feature is a bulbous silver metal bar in the centre, glinting in the sunlight coming through four elegant sash windows.

There’s a bold fashion print on one wall and a mini fashion literature library for shoppers to peruse over while sipping a coffee (or one of the beautiful flower teas).

The dishes also have a touch of the sartorial, from the couture Full English breakfast, a delicate take on the original, served in a copper pan, to the scrambled eggs and smoked salmon, another light dish with just a sliver of warm brioche under the egg, and an otherwise protein-rich plate. Perfect if you’re eyeing up the size 8 dress across the room.

Details: Bond & Brook, 63 New Bond Street, London, W1A 3BS; Tel. 020 7629 0273 http://www.fenwick.co.uk/stores/bond-street/restaurants-2; open from 10am, and from 12pm Sundays

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