Wake up and smell the coffee

Some outtakes from a recent shoot at Lyle’s in Shoreditch for the latest issue of Caffeine.

While the restaurant’s food has been widely praised, Lyle’s also pays a great deal of attention to their coffee. The all-day coffee bar operation starts from 8.00am as a separate yet integral part of the restaurant. It’s a slick and precise affair run by James Low (not the James Lowe behind the kitchen) and features timers, scales and dedicated hot water taps at two specific temperatures for tea and coffee.

Together with familiar Square Mile, Low also features less well known beans such as Koppi and Belleville, which will change regularly alongside the menu and wine list. And his choice of tea is equally discerning, featuring single-estate, small batch leaves from Lalani.

So, if you’ve been tempted to Lyle’s by the restaurant reviews, just don’t forget about the coffee.


Young Turks, run free

One of the original Young Turks collective, Isaac McHale has set up permanent camp at Shoreditch Town Hall at the new Clove Club.

Much anticipated, it offers scenesters and foodies alike boldly aspirational modern cuisine in a hipster central setting. But just cut through all the hype and twitter noise and enjoy it for what it is – great food in an contemporary dining experience.

As Guy Dimond at Time Out put it, ‘…it’s one of the restaurants that will define this year’.