Flat White review: Get your caffeine fix or hearty brunch in this busy Soho spot
As more and more of Soho is bought up by chain restaurants and bars, it’s refreshing to see some independent businesses are still flourishing. Flat White has been serving up ‘proper’ coffee – including its synonymous flat white of course – since 2005 and is bustling on both weekends and weekday. It’s quite a small space so isn’t quite the place to wile away the hours over a leisurely brunch, but is a good place to stop for a bite to eat when you’re on the go or a decent coffee. Flat White prides itself on serving the artisan-style coffee so popular in Australia and New Zealand, so is popular with both, as well as Soho-ians. An added bonus is the fact they sell their own original blend of Square Mile coffee.
Two friends and I met for brunch on a Saturday afternoon and were lucky enough to get the last table in the place. During our hour at the café, there was plenty of people coming in for takeaway drinks and I heard a few disappointed people hoping for a table. For those who want to eat, there is around 8-10 small tables inside, with two benches outside if you want some of that fresh Soho air… or at least soak at the atmosphere of the famous market. Flat White is no frills when it comes to the tables and décor, but what it lacks in comfort, it more than makes up with its food and drink.
For those who want to be healthy, they serve porridge, fruit and natural yoghurt. However, if you’re not too bothered about the calories there are plenty of pastries, waffles and cooked breakfasts. I opted for one of my favourite brunch dishes – smoked salmon and scrambled eggs with toast. It was a good size – not too big a portion – with the scrambled eggs light and fluffy exactly as I liked them. At £7 was a reasonable price too for Soho. While my friends opted for the famous coffees (approx. £2.50), I was thrilled to see they served Barry’s Tea – a classic Irish brand – so opted for a mug of that instead. If you’re after a decent, good value breakfast/brunch when you’re on the go or a proper coffee, I’d recommend giving Flat White a try.
- Flat White, 17 Berwick Street, Soho, W1F 0PT. Opening times: Mon-Fri 8am to 7pm, Sat-Sun 9am to 6pm. Nearest tube: Oxford Circus, Tottenham Court Road or Piccadilly Circus. For more information, visit the Flat White website.
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