Given a choice, I would prefer very much to work in the City proper than Canary Wharf, not least that the Wharf area reminded me of a more staid Raffles Place back home. I’m sure you would agree that the Square Mile comes up tops when it comes to dining choices. That’s especially true when it comes to the Bishopgate area.
Over at Bishopgate, you have choices ranging from small Japanese outfit like Tsuru to traditional English like St John Bread and Wine and steak houses such as Hawksmoor. One particular restaurant cafe that I normally frequent is Market Coffee House.
Market Coffee House, which sits in the intersection of Brushfield Street and Crispin Street used to be more of a coffee place than a proper sit down restaurant. Customers looking for a cuppa would queue up at the counter to place their orders, very much like Starbucks et al. Recently, Market Café has upped its game and converted itself into a full service restaurant.
We dropped by the other day for a quick dinner. In the absence of burgers on the menu (at least I didn’t see one), I opted for the salt beef sandwich (£10). While it tipped towards the pricey side, the salt beef was rather substantial and packed a mouthful.
A notice stuck on Market Coffee House's entrance caught Wife’s attention - “6 oyster fritters!” and she ordered just that. We were amazed at how small the dish was. Half a dozen of oyster fritters were stacked on top of one another on a small plate, which was too small even for a tapas. The presentation could be less stark. At £12 per portion, surely Market Coffee House could throw in some salad leaves?
That said, those oyster fritters were soft, light and lemony. An absolute delight in the dead of winter. This would be a great finger food accompanied by a pint or two.
Market Coffee House took on a different setting as the day drew dark. The cosy setting complemented by the dim lighting and heavy wooden interior gave it a comfy feeling that we could all afford when the temperature dipped across London. Perfect if you are looking for a quiet dinner for two.