This is the second-largest of the Taylor Street venues, and it’s big enough to give customers a decent chance of bagging a seat, even at lunchtime. Although the place appeals to a mixed crowd, there’s always at least one table where big-buck deals are being discussed. The menu has been beefed up in the past year – you can now eat really well (and not expensively), with superior sandwiches, generous salads, quiches and sweet things. The coffee is from Union, supplemented by guest beans.
A guest espresso (Kenyan single-estate roasted by Square Mile) had a truly gorgeous flavour – chocolate-sweet, no sugar needed. Good crema too. But though the cup took just ten seconds to get from counter to table, the brew had already lost too much heat. Why? Nevertheless, this was one imperfection in a visit that made us love the place even more.