Niche

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What’s the niche? Breads, pies, quiches and cakes all made in-house. This light, bright corner café-cum-bakery on Rosebery Avenue makes a useful stop off for a quick lunch or coffee. Situated just up the road from Sadler’s Wells there’s also a simple, but well-priced pre-theatre menu at £12.50 for two courses and £15.50 for three.

On a lunchtime visit our chicken and leek pie, encased in a soft-ish salt crust pastry proved filling, but just a little dry, while haddock fish cakes with a molten cheese-sauce centre were on the salty side. A doughnut was just as it should be though – tart raspberry jam filling, fluffy dough and a decent sprinkling of sugar.

Venue name: Niche
Contact:
Address: 197-199 Rosebery Avenue
London
EC1R 4TJ
Opening hours: 7.30am-5.30pm Mon; 7.30am-9.30pm Tues-Fri; 9am-10pm Sat; 10am-5.30pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Angel
Price: Around £40 for two with drinks
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Georgie
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I've considered going gluten free a few times, because i've heard it's good for you and bla bla bla stops bloating etc... but I never want to be *that* person who has to scan a menu before booking a restaurant to check I can be catered for. Picky eaters are the bane of my life. So when a restuarant does nothing BUT cater for certain dietry requirements, it makes life so much easier. niche does that - everything served in it is gluten free. And you wouldn't know. I specifically chose to eat things that usually would include gluten. The pie with mashed potato - honestly you wouldn't know that the pastry was gluten free. It was crisp, buttery and a gorgeous golden colour. The mashed potato - hands down the best mashed potato i've ever tried which is quite something. It was super creamy and smooth (I normally quite like a lumpy mash but this was beautiful) and was really sexy with the pot of gravy.

We also had the cheesy doughnuts which came with a gorgeous sweet red pepper salsa. These were also gluten free (is gluten normally in doughnuts?)

I ended my meal with a gorgeously creamy skinny latte (too full for a pud) but i'd love to go back and try ore of their adapted menu.

Marie B

We went to dinner after reading all the good reviews. What a disappointment! Everything was bad from the food to the service. 

Ian Newman

Today I had my first experience of Niche. Having been recommended by a friend, I went along to Niche for lunch with my partner and a friend of ours. We were immediately struck by the modern and contemporary design of the restaurant and the light and airy feel. It was already quite busy and we were warmly welcomed and taken to our table. Looking through the menu, it was difficult to choose what to eat as the choices all sounded delicious. Carnivores and vegetarians are both well catered for. I settled for the leek and potato pie whilst my partner and our friend chose variations of the superbly named Niche Quiche. Service was prompt and friendly without being hurried or pushy. My pie was delicious and had a great homemade and hearty quality to it. The quiches also went down well with all three of us exchanging satisfying 'mmms' as we ate. The accompanying fries were presented superbly. Attention to detail and presentation has obviously been developed very well. Following this we partook of the daily cake selection. White chocolate and peanut blondie and honey and lavender cake. Both of these were extremely delicious and we could have each chosen more from the other cakes that were available. We all really enjoyed our first Niche experience and will definitely be back. Prices are very reasonable and service was excellent. My only gripe is that I live too far away, otherwise I,d be popping in for cake everyday!

Billy S

Popped along to Niche last Sunday and was very impressed with it. It's not a bakery in the traditional sense as the deco is modern and bright, and the staff take orders on an iPod or iPad. I had a handmade Scotch egg followed by a Niche Quiche and both were really tasty. Coffee was great as was the gooey sticky Chocolate Cake for afters! The great thing is the location - it's close enough to Angel Station yet a away from the hustle and bustle there. They've also started doing a brunch which I haven't had yet. Definitely worth a visit!