Really disappointing food. They basically only do fried eggs for breakfast which took about 45 mins and came out covered in hot oil and were way overcooked. Service was really bad, with a waiter simply looking on as a woman spilt her coffee and had to clean it up herself. I do not recommend eating here at all when there ate so many good cafes nearby.
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Time Out says
Posted: Mon Dec 6 2010
Leila McAlister’s eclectic store has the nous to distinguish between crusty and gooey brownies and offer customers the choice. There are fresh, seasonal fruit and veg, breads and cheeses, French sunflower oil (sold from large plastic bottles), and bags of marcona almonds. Among the packaged groceries are Chegworth Farm juices, chutneys, jams and the like from Tracklements in Wiltshire. After you’ve stocked up, head to the café next door for simple but utterly delicious brunch and lunch fodder.
Leila's Shop 17 Calvert Avenue
- Venue phone:
020 7729 9789
- Opening hours:
Open 10am-6pm Mon-Sat; 10am-5pm Sun
Tube: Old Street tube/rail
Breakfast for two with service: around £18
- 17 Calvert Avenue
- 020 7729 9789
- 17 Calvert Avenue
- Leila's Shop
Average User Rating
3.5 / 5
- 5 star:4
- 4 star:0
- 3 star:0
- 2 star:4
- 1 star:0
I love Leila's and eat there a couple of times a week. I don't recognise Barbara's experience at all! And the room still has loads of character and the people who work there very kind. Amazing, locally sourced and seasonal food.
Didn't enjoyed mi time there. food not good. There is a very nice cafe at London fields it is called finch cafe. the place is small and the staff is very nice. Plus they have lovely food and amazing coffee.
It really pains me to say this about a place that was once dear to my heart, a place where I would go almost every Sunday for its all-day brunch because it was the best and most welcoming place in my neighbourhood. All of this has changed, and now I warn people to stay away, because their experience will be nothing like the previous reviews have indicated. About two months ago I turned up at Leila's for the eggs and serrano ham, my standard go-to brunch order there, only to be told that they were out of eggs. This was of course inexplicable, particularly given that their shop next door, which is part of the same business, was stacked floor-to-ceiling with farm-fresh eggs. No matter, we left, and came back on another occasion in October. This time, we arrived at around 1:30pm, only to be told that brunch (including all of their egg-based dishes) was no longer served at this hour, and that only the lunch menu was available. I suggested that this was an unfortunate turn of events given that the eggs were what, in my experience, people tended to come for on the weekend for brunch, and I asked whether they could make an exception. The server went to ask and came back, announcing: "We have a proper chef now, and he doesn't want to make eggs at this time - it's the lunch hour." The server counseled me to order instead a spinach frittata because "it has eggs in it." When the frittata arrived, it had the texture, and more remarkably, the taste, of a wet sponge. Not just any wet sponge - I mean the wet sponge that has been sitting in dirty water somewhat too long and makes your hands smell a bit gross when you try to do the washing up. That wet sponge. During this time, we also experienced: orders that were placed and then forgotten about such that they had to be re-ordered; mistakes in taking orders such that the wrong food and drinks were brought to our table; a staff of servers that were generally phoning it in, with no apparent recognition that the cumulative effect of all of these errors and inattention was souring the experience. Also, a recent "renovation" of the space has removed the charming idiosyncracies of the previous furniture and decor and replaced it with a bland, inoffensive, completely forgettable IKEA atmosphere. My diagnosis: poor Leila's shop had a wonderful thing going, with a delicious all-day weekend brunch and cute mismatched furniture, yet in a clumsy, misguided attempt to become a "proper" restaurant, has discarded all that was special about it in favour of mediocrity in every respect. For me, this is one of the biggest culinary disappointments of the year in London.
Very average, so many better breakfast places in the area. Eggs were nice enough, but nothing special. The novelty comes from them being served in a pan....I guess? Service was painful, so slow, trying to get a cup of coffee was a full time preoccupation. It seemed to focus on finding the cheapest food possible and serving at a massively inflated price, I have no problem paying good money for good food, but this was just silly, especially when neither the service nor the ambience warranted it. My friend ordered the winter vegetables with anchovy dipping sauce (an odd choice, i'll take), but he got a couple fo sticks of carrot, an endive leaf and some celery and a small dip, for £7. Bit of a joke.
We visited this morning and brunch was excellent. The eggs looked amazing, served in a very quirky pan straight to table. The coffee was superb, as were the ham and cheese croissants. We will be returning, as it was well worth the trip!
I found this cute place while exploring Shoreditch the other weekend. Well worth a visit for brunch or a coffee+cake (top marks for the coffee). And the organic shop next door looks well-stocked. I've already returned once and will keep going back.