Thursday, 16 September 2010

Sweet review Exmouth Market cafe - a sideshow compared to the rest


Address: 64 Exmouth Market,
London EC1R 4QP
Tel: 020 7713 6777
Nearest Tube station: Farringdon

Ratings (out of 5 *)
Price: below £5 pp (cake and drink)
Service charge: N.A.
Taste: **
Service: ***
Ambience: *
We have been eying Sweet when we had brunch at Caravan a couple of weeks ago and made a mental note to have dessert there after the meal only to find it closed on the Bank holiday afternoon. Well, that gave us another reason to pop by after our brunch at The Ambassador. As we weren’t quite sure about Sweet’s operating hours, Wife kept an eye on the shop while poking at her less than satisfying pancakes at The Ambassador.

“I could do with a nice slice of cheesecake,” Wife pointed out, still spearing at her pancake in a desperate attempt to shake down its flour. We were out a couple of minutes later after asking for the bill.

Sweet’s façade looks a tad rundown with its name fading fast, quite unlike its trendier neighbours. Other than two tables laid outside, there are a couple of long tables and high benches within the narrow shop interior.

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Large plates of macaroons and cakes of various varieties, The Sweet offer pastries, pasta, risotto and pizza slices as well. I thought that it could be a bit more focused on serving cakes and pastries instead for there are clearly more (and better) competitors for warm food along the entire stretch of Exmouth Market.

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As expectedly, most customers opted for cakes, pastries and the occasional macaroon. It might be that having a fuller meal is rather uncomfortable while perching on a high bench. Then again, there’s the constraint of space.

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We went for a baked cheesecake (£2.50) and a pistachio flavoured macaroon. While Sweet’s macaroon was light and chewy with little hint of essence, the same couldn’t be said of its baked cheesecake. The cheesecake (baked with vanilla cheese and raisins) felt powdery and too eggy. Wife commented that the concoction just didn’t gel and I concurred.

Sweet is a nice little café where you would probably pop in to escape the rain or if you arrive early for your reservation at a restaurant down the road. However, its current offerings somewhat relegates it to being a sideshow and you probably wouldn’t head to Exmouth Market just for Sweet.

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