From the le cool ‘le other’ archives… gelato, tangy sorbet and mouthwatering granita at Soho’s Gelupo
The fratelli behind Bocca Di Lupo over the road run this snazzy and rather stylish little enterprise. There’s an excellent coffee bar serving your everyday espresso and macchiato, alongside some lush speciality numbers such as the truly nutty affogato alla nocciola; at the back you’ll find a well-stocked and top quality deli. However, the main draw is the wide selection of gelato, tangy sorbet and mouthwatering granita. I demolished a fair-sized £4.50 portion of blackcurrant sorbet, with both hazelnut and pistacchio ice cream – the culinary equivalent of a saucy, soapy bath with Cleopatra. Though a huge fan of traditional Italian flavours, their slightly more creative take on the theme will – in this world of uncertainties – certainly have me right back here ready to launch into the sour cherry granita, if nothing else. Another W1 winner.
Words: Eamon Downes
le cool sends Eamon ‘decaf’ Downes around town to get his fix at all the right stops with the help of a little pocket friend as we count down to the London Coffee Festival
The assignment of reviewing this, London’s Best Coffee app, was really the last thing I needed. It’s akin to an app in the late 90s that could lead me to an everlasting fountain of brandy or the nearest EU E mountain. As, despite my protestations, denial and failed attempts to kick the habit, coffee remains my last (public) vice…
Yours truly, the Canadian and the man Foo D recently set off on a mission to investigate central London fish and chip shops that we’d not yet covered in the hallowed pages of le cool. Apparently this fish and chip crawl was my idea, so I was bullied into writing it up….
First stop was the supposedly legendary Fryer’s Delight in Holborn. Word on the street is that they’re still using authentic, old school lard and although the fish cakes appear to be of the frozen rather than freshly made variety, the fish here kicked us off in a storming manner. The succulent chunks of haddock and cod along with a pretty nifty line in mushy peas to boot made it the eventual winner on the fish front. (Check the gallery after the jump)