Tuesday, 23 February 2010

Euphorium Bakery review - British bakery at Angel Islington


Address: 203 Upper Street, London N1 1RQ
Tel: 020 7493 8988
Nearest Tube station:Angel

Ratings (out of 5 *)
Price: below £5 pp
Service charge: N/A
Taste: ***
Service: ***
Ambience: ****
Suitable for: a lazy weekend afternoon
"Shall we go there for breakfast?" Wife asked on a Sunday morning.

I know that she wasn't referring to S&M but I might just get lucky. "Oh, I don't mind really. I could do with some sausage buttie." I replied.

"You know where I was talking about." Darn. Like most women, Wife is not exactly a meat person, she is more of a, well, cake and pastry person. And she of course referring to the Euphorium Bakery along Angel Islington's Upper Street.

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We used to give the Emphorium a miss when it was located at the Chapel Market. Other than dropping in occasionally for a loaf of artisan bread, we avoid dining in. The cosy layout meant that there was barely any empty tables to begin with. Also, the buzzing crowd in the market, which was a few feet away, didn't exactly make dining in a pleasant experience at all.

So imagine the excitement from Angel's community when the Euphorium Bakery opened up just beside Masala Zone along Upper Street. When the new branch first opened its doors, it was virtually impossible to get a seat for weekend breakfasts even though the seating capacity had quadroupled. People would ponder over the Sunday Times and Guardian (provided by the bakery) while nursing a cup of tea with perhaps a croissont or two.

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For some reason, Emphorium Café was quite popular with families with toddlers. On a typical weekend morning, there would bound to be some young ones running amok through the café with their parents not far behind. The staircase that leads down to a bigger seating area on the basement level only seemed to encourage the kids.

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The mock fireplace with two huge leather sofas in the basement seating area sure made Euphorium Bakery more welcoming. Definitely a place to spend a lazy weekend afternoon in.

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3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Great review. My husband and i adore euphorium bakery - by far the best bakers in islington and probably London.

C K said...

@Anon,
Thanks! I've always ordered my cakes from them. Euphorium does a mean dark chocolate cake. Try it!

Denise Hahn said...

Interior pics are beautiful. We are looking for new ideas for a seating area as we expand our service area to include some couch seating and stand-up counters. The fireplace looks huge but inviting; wish we had more space for something like that to add warmth to our store font.
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