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.
197-199 Rosebery Avenue
|Opening hours:||7.30am-5.30pm Mon; 7.30am-9.30pm Tues-Fri; 9am-10pm Sat; 10am-5.30pm Sun|
|Price:||Around £40 for two with drinks|
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Average User Rating
3.9 / 5
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I absolutely loved Niche. I live in Norway and since going there and eating the fried chicken, onion rings and trying my non-celiac husbands´ pie, I´ve been having dreams about the place. What I wouldn´t do to have another adorable mini fryer basket full of those perfectly seasoned devils. Also, while there wasn´t much onion to the onion rings - I swear it didn´t matter -they were like chewy, tasty donuts of love. I might mention that seeing as we don´t get Flat White coffees in norway yet, I bought them compulsively while in london; and the dude at Niche made the best one by far. They´re also impressively tech-ed up in there, electronic reservations confirmed at the door with their Star Trek terminal. Now I only wished I had tried the cheese doughnuts. So, seeing as I live soooo far away, hopefully the Niche guys can give me some recipe tips because I´m going crazy without them over here.
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!
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!
We went to dinner after reading all the good reviews. What a disappointment! Everything was bad from the food to the service.