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Venue name: Gail's
Address: 138 Portobello Road
W11 2DZ
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Always busy in nottinghill. Service is quick and so far I've always been able to get a seat. Self order at the counter but then receive a table number and your drinks/food are served to your table. Good coffee and cake spot with a friend. When having a meeting can get a little loud in the restaurant area. The soup has been too salty at times but filling.


As we have officially entered Spring, various bakeries around London have begun to offer Easter related items. GAIL's has started selling their famous Hot Cross Buns along with a Chocolate Sourdough. I had the chance to try both of these in the past week and both were delicious! 

I came into the bakery early one morning to get a Hot Cross Bun for breakfast and was delighted to find that they had just been freshly baked. It was still warm when I got it! I had mine to go, but it was still very enjoyable. The exterior of the bun, both on the top and bottom sides, were crisp from the sugar glaze. The interior was soft and fluffy and filled with citrus fruit peel! There was enough to visibly see the filling but not too much to overpower the bun. It was also a good level of sweet, so it wasn't sickly to have an entire bun to myself. 

My friend recommended the Chocolate Sourdough after she bought a loaf for her office, and they all enjoyed it. It did not disappoint! Once again, I came in the morning to buy my loaf because I find they smell and taste more fresh than coming in in the evening, after the breads and pastries have been sitting out all day. I liked that the staff are able to slice the loaf for me because I don't have a proper bread knife at home, and their machine cuts each slice evenly. The taste of the bread is quite nice and subtle. The chocolate chips are dark chocolate so each slice doesn't taste too sweet and it gives each bite a different texture. I preferred the bread un-toasted because it tasted better that way. When I toasted it, it definitely smelled a lot better but somehow didn't taste as appealing. 

This morning, I had a Chocolate and Almond Croissant on my way into university. I liked that the pastry on this was fluffy on the inside and crisp on the exterior. However, I didn't like the way the filling was made. The almond paste was too chunky for my liking but the flavours were perfect. I suppose it was nice to see chunks of almond in there because it means it's homemade, but it's not the way you would have it in France. The bars of chocolate were good though, dark and bitter and placed evenly within the pastry.