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Jaz & Jul's

Restaurants, Cafés Angel
3 out of 5 stars
4 out of 5 stars
(11user reviews)

Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

A café in Islington specialising in hot chocolate.

It’s no surprise that artisan hot chocolate café Jaz & Jul’s is busiest on Sundays. Coffee might be the pick-me-up of choice on weekday mornings, but when it comes to a lazy weekend afternoon, nothing beats hot creamy cocoa. Plus, Jaz & Jul’s warming treats are a little bit special.

Originally sold at food markets, the powder (made by the two friends) is vegan, organic and created from real chocolate, spices and essential oils. As served at the duo’s new hangout at the back end of Chapel Market, it comes thin, milky and Nesquik-brown, like a six-year-old’s nightcap.

The ‘Madagascar’ – a simple 61 percent cocoa drink – was warm and rich but not too sweet, and the ‘Orangeytang’ tasted like a dark Terry’s Chocolate Orange with a hint of cardamom and cinnamon. Priced at £2.80 and £3.30, they cost about the same as drinks in nearby Pret, so are great value for money. For an extra 50p, you can get both with mini marshmallows and cream. But we went for an all-out treat: a giant handmade cocoa and strawberry marshmallow topper, which was light but gooey and tasted a bit like Neapolitan ice cream.

The drinking chocolate is made on site in a backroom with a glass window so you can watch. It’s clearly the star of the show at the café, as Jaz & Juls’ cakes are tasty but not quite as delicious. Their Blondie was very sweet and very beige (in colour, texture and taste) – although the chunks of dark chocolate in it were vibrant. The dense banana bread was more of success, with a balance sweetness and saltiness as well as bitter cocoa nibs dotted through it. Both cost less than £3.

Apart from the food, the two-floored space has quite a students’ union vibe, with a mix of two-seater tables, sofas and booths. Oh, and don’t worry cocoa-phobes: they do Monmouth coffee too

Details

Address: 1 Chapel Market
London
N1 9EZ
Transport: Tube: Angel
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Users say (11)

4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

3.9 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:6
  • 4 star:2
  • 3 star:1
  • 2 star:0
  • 1 star:2
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Tastemaker

A charmingly quirky chocolate emporium, with options for those on restricted diets.

tastemaker

Given that I am not such a huge fan of hot chocolate, I have to say they know what they do, cause I really liked all the various flavours I tried! Sweet food was very good (delicious crumble and amazing granola with coconut yogurt), although I wasn't amazed by the savoury cornbread waffles and I especially didn't like the smoked aubergine rashers, too oily and not very tasty. Nevertheless, avocado on toast was pretty yummy!

Unfortunately I didn't particularly like the ambience in the basement, a bit dark and oppressive and the service was extremely slow. It took us more than two hours to finish our brunch and there were only two or three other tables in the whole place. Even if it's a small independent cafe, I think it should be a bit more organised and this is one of the reasons why I am only giving three stars instead of four.

Overall, the brunch was nice and good value for money: bottomless sober brunches starting from £20 satisfy your belly for the entire day, as they include a starter, a main and an extra plus as many hot drinks and orange juice as you like. If you also fancy some bubbles, you can add Prosecco (£30) and Prosecco+Cocktails (£35). 


Tastemaker

Great twist of Brunch for vegans with a chocolate touch.

Very homey and friendly. Felt very comfortable and as a non vegetarian person, I’ve actuallu enjoyed my brunch.

tastemaker

Chocoholics rejoice! I have found the brunch of your dreams. Plus, it starts at just £20 for two courses with bottomless hot chocs and orange juice, making it seriously purse friendly. As a meat eater, I really didn't feel anything was missing from this vegetarian feast. I highly recommend the avocado toast (zingy lime perfectly balanced with salt flakes and crunchy cocoa nibs) and the Jaffa pancakes (just divine!). 

Tastemakertastemaker

We just went to this cafe last week and it was absolutely amazing.  As someone who lives with two vegetarians it can be extremely hard to find a place that suits everyone.  Jaz and Jul's did.  Affordable bottomless brunch that left up absolutely legless but not before devouring both a savoury (vege hash) and sweet (waffles) course.  It surpassed my expectations of a vegan meal that didn't leave me missing meat! Hands down the friendliest staff as well - what a well kept secret! I will definitely go back :) 


A chocolate lover’s paradise where chocolate seems to sneak into all the dishes in weird and wonderful ways.I even enjoyed a healthy salad with chocolate undertones and the cinnamon and coco-dusted French toast in a banana and coconut batter was heaven. Staff are lovely and there’s a cheerful laid-back buzz. There’s also sunny outdoor seating and a spacious basement area with a living room feel and interesting décor.A great place to spend a few hours working or reading a book from their ‘book swap’ shelves while enjoying hot chocolate from an incredible range. My favourite is Masala Mojo with almond milk, topped with whipped vegan coconut cream. Delicious beyond words.


My favourite place for hot chocolate. Large choice of flavours, but I prefer the plain varieties from a single origin. Very good! I'm not vegan, but vegan choices are available including coconut cream and and marshmallows. They also have a great selection of cakes and Sunday brunch choices. The chocolate cakes with changing flavours should not be missed! Staff are all great! We've been there many times and will be back. Very comfortable with atmospheric downstairs area


As a dedicated chocoholic I have to say I disagree with the previous comments. Perfect spot for brunch, when I went last weekend I went for the sourdough toast with peanut butter, banana, blueberries and chocolate, accompanied by a velvety hot chocolate. 5 stars from me :)

tastemaker

I'm a real hot chocolate addict! So you can imagine how I was excited where I found out that a place only dedicated to my favorite drink was opening in Angel. So sad, it was a such a disappointment. I was expected a lovely cosy place where you can enjoy creamy and flavourish hot chocolates from around the world. But in reality, the place lacks of cosyness and the drinks were tasteless, lost in too many crazy flavors. I was ready to make it my hot chocolate hot spot but unfortunately I will certainly not going back. 

Tastemaker

Having read that there was a new hot chocolate café and as a fan of all things cocoa I legged it up to this place. It was such a disappointment! Located on a drab street near Angel, the interior was soulless and felt cheap. The hot chocolate wasn’t much better and sadly I will not be returning! So much potential, so little realised. 

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