Saturday, 25 October 2008

HOT: No 14, 14 Holland Street, Kensington

This heart-warmingly cosy cafe, tucked away from the bustle of Kensington Church Street and High Street Kensington, is one of my favourite neighbourhood finds. Mainly I adored the wooden communal table decorated with an overflowing vase of lilies, but the French silk-striped boudoir chairs, old fashioned polished silver coffee machine and tempting cake ladder made this place extra special. Every day they make a series of colourful salads and dishes and then you choose to fill your small plate or large plate from the selection. Vanessa and I between us tried the falafel, Swedish meatballs, couscous salad, tomato and cucumber shiraz salad, ravioli and steamed vegetables, all bursting with freshness and flavour. The service got a bit brusque after a while (we hogged our seats for 2.5 hours, but we did have lunch, coffee and three cakes) but I wouldn't hesitate to go back.

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