Ola Cafe Bistro, Shaftesbury Ave, WC2

Visited Thursday 13th November 2008

Interior: Pleasant and enticing: wooden floors, tables and chairs – an interior that will lend itself to transformation into dining location in the evening.

Food: I had 2 slices of brown toast with mushrooms and grilled tomatoes. They were absolutely fine, nothing special but perfectly edible and were prepared for me despite the fact that they weren’t on the rather limited breakfast menu. They also weren’t especially expensive. I would have had the veggie breakfast but the manager had never heard of the distinction between free range and battery chickens (although he did know the eggs were from British farms, which is a start). Tea was poor, however: a cup (not a huge one) of tea made with hot water and teabag, costing GBP 1.60. I’d say this place is only marginally a caff. Lets hope it succeeds more as an upmarket cafe and bistro.

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