By Teresa Madeline
Synonymous with the ‘coolness’ that Shoreditch is famous (or infamous) for, The Shoreditch Grind represents this in and out. The circular building and vintage cinema sign beholding different punchy tag lines each day, are the visual attraction of the less than attractive concrete blocks that make up Old Street roundabout. The upstairs is a home to a famous recording studio and the downstairs wall is decorated with the likes of Kate Nash’s scrawl of an autograph. Could there be a cooler spot to drink coffee?
Keeping up appearances as a trendy space, the staff ensure they don’t let this down with their less than hospitable approach to customers. This, however, can be overlooked considering the ultra unique interior atmosphere and the deep, and richly aromatic coffee served up.
Cake lovers may be some what disappointed to see a limited selection of sweet tooth fixes, but one bite in, may also realise that, in this case, less is more. Try the Pasteis de nata (Portuguese custard tart) and let the sweet velvet custard filling with a zingy pop of rasberry dribble creamily down your chin, finished with delicate layers of flaky puff pastry. Not the most elegant treat to divulge in but one that’s worth the embarrassment of a raspberry-custard chin and puff pastry crumbed chest.
The coffee is known to be excellent at Shoreditch Grind and they live up to their well earned reputation with their perfect lattes, beautifully presented the milk is sweet and creamy and at the optimal temperature with a freshly ground, quality coffee bean flavour that will fulfil taste buds as well as caffeine fixes all round.