Modish coffee shops are becoming as trendy as a hipster beard, with London embracing Europe’s barista culture.
A few years ago, London was not known for its café culture, as it was typically renowned for its tea shops, high street coffee chains, and pubs, and if you desired a skilfully prepared espresso in contemporary surroundings; you would have to cross the pond to Italy or France to get your coffee high.
There is a great choice of barista coffee houses now, that also provide a great selection of desserts and brunch, but the choice of hip and cool coffee houses that also provide a full halal menu is yet not so prevalent.
Grounded Coffee Company is run by Algerian Muslims who have nearly two decades of experience in the coffee industry. The interior is modern, with an urban chic flare. They serve brunch and breakfast, and most importantly a full halal menu.
One on my favourite coffees, in the last couple of years has been the “Flat White”, which originates from Australia and New Zealand. The following definition of a “Flat White” is from Wikipedia:
“The beverage is prepared by pouring microfoam (steamed milk consisting of small, fine bubbles with a glossy or velvety consistency) over a single shot (AU) or double ristretto shot (NZ) of espresso. It is somewhat similar to the traditional 140 ml (5 imp fl oz) cappuccino or the latte although smaller in volume, therefore having a higher proportion of coffee to milk, and milk that is more velvety in consistency – allowing the espresso to dominate the flavour, while being supported by the milk.”
The “Flat White” at Grounded Coffee Company was silky smooth and velvety in texture, as per the Wikipedia description, but I would have preferred an extra shot, as I do like my “Flat White” to be slightly strong.
However, having a strong coffee with a meal is not always an agreeable situation, so it was fortunate that the “Flat White” was not as strong as I prefer.
From the menu, I was really tempted by the “Beef Sausage Breakfast”, but for once I decided to be slightly healthy and therefore opted for the “Smoked Salmon & Poached Eggs on Toast”.
The “Toast”, which I believe was sourdough bread, was slightly a bit too tough to masticate on this instance; especially the crust, which cut into the mouth like shards of glass, but the middle of the bread was soft, fluffy and enjoyable to eat. Personally, a dash of extra virgin olive oil on the toast would have added to an extra dimension of piquancy. The avocado was so soft, that it literally melted like butter and the salmon, was fresh and exquisite. You can not go wrong with rocket salad and cherry tomatoes, however, the addition of a vinaigrette would have lifted the flavour further. The poached egg was of great consistency, texture and taste, with the yolk erupting elegantly all over the sourdough toast. A delicious dish.
A meal is never complete without dessert. Their homemade “Carrot Cake” did look appetising, but I was suspicious that it would not be as decadently delicious as the way I like my cakes. I was pleasantly surprised. The cake was moist, buttery and rich, packed full of tantalising flavour, one of the best carrot cakes I have tried.
Grounded Coffee Company is a chilled out and hip place to hang out with friends or family; enjoying fine hot beverages and also a great selection of homemade style food for breakfast or brunch, and the great thing is it’s all halal.
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