- Alto Cafe, a collection of mobile trucks in strategic sites selling surprisingly good Italian-style drinks.
- Australian-born Arnephy is the star barista at Cafe Lomi.
- Le Bal Cafe is an Anglo-style cafe in a recently opened exhibition space in the 18th arrondissement devoted to photography and film.
- At Bistro Volnay, in the 2nd arrondissement, the food, wine, service (and coffee) all meet the same high standards at a reasonable price.
- Sugarplum Cake Shop on rue du Cardinal Lemoine in the 5th arrondissement, dedicated to American-style cakes, has also chosen Lomi beans for its filtered coffee.
- Coutume Cafe has made a big splash in the otherwise sedate 7th arrondissement, in a high-ceilinged space, a cross between a Parisian apartment and a coffee laboratory, painted all in white except for walls that have been stripped. Coutume's owners buy the green beans directly from coffee-producing countries and roast them on the premises.
- KB Cafe Shop (formerly Kooka Boora) on the fashionable rue des Martyrs in the 9th arrondissement.
Monday, 18 June 2012
In case Sips in the city becomes subscriber only, I've recorded their recommendations for good coffee in Paris:
Sunday, 3 June 2012
Two mathematicians recently featured in The Australian:
Seven big Australians by Michelle Rowe lists some places to try when I'm in London, time permitting.
- Brett Graham: The Ledbury: Two-Michelin-starred Notting Hill restaurant specialising in French classics with a modern twist
- Bill Granger, Granger & Co: strong Aussie flavour, with airy interiors and all-day casual dining featuring many of his signature dishes alongside more English fare, such as a Sunday roast beef rib with root vegies
- David Thompson, Nahm: Thai restaurant located in The Halkin hotel in Belgravia district
- Greg Malouf, Petersham Nurseries Cafe: Garden centre restaurant at the foot of south London's Richmond Hill. A dirt-floor greenhouse doubles as the main dining room, with guests perched on mismatched chairs around antique tables decorated with potted plants. A stone's throw from Kew Gardens and Hampton Court, Petersham is the perfect lunch spot from which to embark on a scenic afternoon stroll
- Shelagh Ryan, Salvation Jane: Lantana cafe in Fitzrovia is sister outlet of Salvation Jane in Shoreditch, east London. Offers an Australian cafe-style breakfast and lunch menu, plus share plates, beer, wine and cocktails of an evening. As with Lantana, the coffees are a standout
- Trish Hilferty, The Canton Arms: Atmospheric pub with quirky menus in Stockwell
- Paul Merrony, Giaconda Dining Room: No-frills neighbourhood bistro on Denmark Street with its bare wooden tables, bentwood chairs and French-influenced menus reflecting Merrony's classic training
- Granger & Co in Notting Hill for a full Aussie breakfast
- Princi in Soho, for the green olive bread sticks, pastries and espresso. Try Saturday before shopping in the West End
- The Wolseley for an impeccable full English breakfast. Try the eggs benedict
- Tina We Salute You is a quirky, humming little place in Dalston. Fantastic coffee and a simple but excellent menu, with all the cakes made by one of the owners
- E5 Bakehouse, an artisan bakery and cafe in east London, which has the best sourdough bread.
- Bar Bruno in Soho for eggs and bacon, and a mug of builder's tea
- Towpath cafe beside Regent's Canal. Very cool
- Franco Manca in Chiswick for great pizza [made from slow-rising sourdough]
- Dock Kitchen for Stevie Parle's global home cooking and outdoor barbecue
- Tom Pemberton's strictly British Hereford Road with its excellent-value set lunch menu
- Petersham Nurseries Cafe, now with Greg Malouf, gives you a chance to relax in the summer sun, if it's out
- Barrafina, a bustling tapas bar in Soho that serves simple dishes like sardines a la plancha and cooked-to-order jamon and spinach tortilla
- Dock Kitchen, where talented young chef Stevie Parle uses impeccable ingredients with some lovely Middle Eastern touches
- Morito at Exmouth Market in Clerkenwell: a small tapas bar from the people who run Moro, the more formal Spanish restaurant next door. Best dishes are the pork belly, beetroot humous and homemade sourdough bread
- Koya Japanese Udon in Frith Street, Soho. Fantastic house-made noodles, and the specials board is genius
- The original Franco Manca pizza place, just off Electric Avenue, Brixton
- Zuma in Knightsbridge [for Japanese cuisine]
- River Cafe in Hammersmith. The food is rigorously seasonal, the ingredients impeccable and the room and service flawless
- Dinner by Heston Blumenthal in the Mandarin Oriental. The meat fruit, with mandarin, chicken liver parfait and grilled bread, is wonderful
- The Ledbury. Brett is an Australian chef at his very best
- Pollen Street Social in Mayfair provides Michelin-starred food without the formality and stuffiness of a fine-dining restaurant
- Quo Vadis, in Soho: modern British by Jeremy Lee
- La Petite Maison in Mayfair
- Check out Sir John Soane's Museum and Geffrye Museum
- Walk up Primrose Hill for a London vista
- An Oyster Card is a must for public transport.
- Travel the city on a Barclays bike.