The first British outpost of a Turkish chain of coffee shops, Kahve Dünyasi has taken to its large Piccadilly premises like a duck to water. It’s packed much of the time – little wonder, given the winning formula of colourfully wrapped chocolates (boxes are for sale), a wide variety of coffees and milkshakes (many with lashings of whipped cream), plus ice-cream (a mastic-flavoured variety provides a hint of the cafe’s eastern origin), chocolate fondue and cakes, all at prices that are extremely competitive for the area. The cakes look mass-produced (the menu says ‘homemade’), but are tasty enough.
We liked the chocolate caramel cake; alternatives range from chocolate soufflé to carrot. The house speciality of iced turkish coffee is like a grown-up milkshake, strong, but with plenty of coffee ice-cream, milk and chocolate. Amid all this are a few baguettes and mini quiches, but, really, it’s all about the sweet stuff. Waitress service adds a touch of occasion to a low-spend, cheerful treat.