Flat White, Soho, London
The namesake flat white was great, lovely current of coffee flavour coursing through the milk, a mellow quality with little bitterness, a clean finish. Nice slice of pressed dried figs with almonds, a perfect combination of intense fruit and fresh toasty nuts, perhaps with a gentle background of spice (coriander, cumin??). Brings a lovely natural sweetness to complement the coffee.
In the end, I went to Milk Bar as it's only a minute away from my office. Had a lovely smoked chicken salad and left feeling all buzzy from my latte and hot chocolate (which comes with mini marshmallows on the plate). My friend had the bacon and halloumi bagel, which he highly recommends. I realised I used to have coffee at that location before it became Milk Bar, but it's much nicer now and the staff are really friendly. ALSO, I shouldn't really reveal this, as I want to keep it to myself, but it was really quiet at lunchtime!
Helen Yuet Ling Pang