Wednesday, 11 August 2010
Nude Espresso - Hanbury St E1
Nude Espresso guys at the Rapha pop-up store in Clerkenwell I finally got around to visiting their cafe in Hanbury St in Spitalfields. And very nice it is too - on Tom's advice I tried some of their cakes and had a lovely friand (the fact I am getting comfortable with ordering friands says a lot about how I am mellowing with age). The coffee was spot on and the whole vibe of this place is great. So as expected, a winner and in one of my favourite parts of London - I am a sucker for the Huguenot houses and wish Tracey Emin or Gilbert & George would ask me round for tea. Having said that (oh cripes - I feel a rant coming on) on my visit to Nude and my wanderings around the area on that day I couldn't help but feel that Spitalfields has lost something. I know I rabbited on about this in my post on Fournier Street but it struck me anew last week - in particular as I was walking through the market and was confronted with a Gourmet Burger Kitchen, a Wagamama and a Real Greek. Why did we need that? Wasn't there enough food on offer in the market already? I didn't mind when the Square Pie Company moved in but why did we need every chain restaurant to follow suit? I dunno - it just made me a little bit sad and a little bit wistful. Having said that the area still rocks and perhaps you just have to go a bit deeper into Shoreditch or Bethnal Green or Hackney to recapture the Spitalfields of old?