The home of the biskie, tiny little sweet things that your eyes will love – and your taste buds will love even more.
The first rule of tackling a Cutter & Squidge ‘Biskie’: abandon cutlery, and your pride. As I realised after trying and failing to hack through two layers of cookie and a large marshmallow with a fork. Go straight for the mouth and hope for the best.
The Biskie, a three-way cross between a biscuit, cookie and cake, is this Soho patisserie’s much-hyped invention. (One publication squealed: ‘Is this the death of the Cronut?’) The ‘Choc O’Berry S’more’ is a winner – vanilla-flavoured marshmallow sandwiched between two layers of buttercream, in turn sandwiched between chewy cookies. Pick one up to go or take a seat in the minimalist café-shop, which is the bakery’s first permanent location – until recently, the outfit has been operating from a small kitchen in north-west London.
Cakes are an instagrammer’s dream, coming in an eye-popping range of colours: from a rose-pink ‘Vanilla in Bloom’ to a bright yellow ‘Lemon Sherbet’. Despite the rainbow palette, Cutter & Squidge prides itself on using only fruit and vegetable dyes.
A humongous wedge of ‘OMG It’s Green!’ cake, a sponge with green tea, white chocolate and raspberry jam, was light as a feather and not too sweet. From the drinks list, try ‘Relax’ iced tea with coconut milk, pineapple juice, lime and jasmine.
Cutter & Squidge isn’t cheap, with Biskies starting from £4.20 each. But you get what you pay for, and in this case it’s high-quality bakes with no nasties. We’ll be making a return visit, if only to master the art of eating a Biskie with dignity.
|Venue name:||Cutter & Squidge|
20 Brewer St
|Transport:||Tube: Piccadilly Circus|
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Average User Rating
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We visited Cutter and Squidge yesterday for the Genie's Cave afternoon tea and unfortunately it was a very disappointing and time consuming experience. From the moment we walked in, we could see the staff serving upstairs lacked basic customer service skills from being ignored in the queue, to being made to wait almost an hour in order to be seated for our reservation, without a single member of staff approaching us to see if we needed anything or to reassure us. It wasn't a great start to what was supposed to be an amazing experience, especially as I was really looking forward to this. The frustrating thing was that it wasn't busy, the ladies serving upstairs were unprofessional, mucking about behind the counter. Groups of people who came in after us were being seen to before us, even though their reservation times were after us.
We were finally approached by one of the girls (I think her name is Abi - who was running back and forth, working downstairs serving the afternoon tea) who was clearly rushed off her feet but still amazing at her job. She noticed that we hadn't been seen to in a while, apologised for the wait and for the miscommunication on behalf of her colleagues. We were taken downstairs immediately by her and instantly made to forget about the whole thing, as she was such an endearing person. The room was very small and tight, as the tables were so close to one another. In order to get to your table, you pretty much disturbed other diners. The only positive was that the decor was lovely. Service unfortunately was extremely slow, as we were given a welcome glass of prosecco but never received our drinks order, the savoury pastries were dry, over-cooked and rock hard. The sandwiches were of poor quality, as they were horrible and tasteless. For the money being spent (£69 for two people) this was definitely not the quality or expectations we had in mind. We hardly ate any of the food and I didn't even finish my prosecco!! I just wanted to leave. The group of ladies sat next to us left about half of their food too. We decided to complain about the lack of service and quality being offered to us, so I decided to speak to our server upstairs, as I didn't want to disturb other diners or create any kind of scene in such a cramped space. I explained all the issues, as she was very sympathetic and grateful with the manner we addressed our dissatisfaction. She spoke to her supervisor, who wasn't interested, she literally looked over her shoulder to look at me, didn't come over to speak to me and told her colleague that we would only be charged £29.50 and offered take away drinks!!! The sheer arrogance infuriated me. At this stage I wanted to get out before I lost my temper, it was an awful experience and I was being made to feel conned. The supervisor couldn't careless in the feedback given to her, she didn't take any responsibility for the poor service provided by her or her staff and we were made to wait again when it came to paying. I think it's appalling and disgraceful that a business like this could get away with this kind of behaviour, especially operating in Soho. I definitely wouldn't recommend this place.
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