Though the popular Primrose Hill shop and café have sadly closed as the lease ran out, Lanka has repositioned itself in tiny premises off the Finchley Road. Fortunately, this little shop with its whitewashed walls and pristine display counter remains a fine showcase both for the excellent Sri Lankan black teas and scented infusions from the Euphorium Tea Salon, and for pastry chef Masayuki Hara’s exquisite creations.
Everything is available to order at the three little tables that comprise the café area, which manages to exude serenity and prettiness despite its diminutive size. Tea and pastries are calmly prepared by helpful Japanese staff and served on Minton china; the only challenge is making a choice from the striking range of French classics and green tea-scented specialities, such as a deep, almost savoury tart; delightfully light and summery strawberry sponge; or the famed green tea bread and butter pudding with adzuki beans.
9 Goldhurst Terrace
|Opening hours:||Open 10.30am-6.30pm Mon-Sat; 11am-5pm Sun|
|Transport:||Tube: Finchley Road|
|Price:||Main courses £1.60-£5.60|
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I like to think of myself as a cake/pastry connoisseur. I have sampled more cakes than I dare recall and I have never had better (in the UK)! Lanka is in a league of it's own as far as cake shops go. The green tea eclair and the white chocolate and azuki bean tart particularly are to die for.