Sacred Cafe – A Piece of NZ in London

November 6, 2011 § 4 Comments

Just along from the hustle and bustle of Oxford Street, off Carnaby Street (a great place for shopping), is a wonderful New Zealand-style cafe, Sacred Cafe.

On Saturday afternoon I had my third trip there – and I’m already keen to head back there again. It’s very quickly becoming one of my favourite places to have something to eat in London.

The food is standard cafe food – a variety of sandwiches and paninis, sausage rolls, as well as delicious sweet treats.

I, once again, had the divine chocolate cake (if you go, I highly recommend it). However, on the drinks menu there is the distinctly New Zealand ‘World Famous in New Zealand since ages ago’ L&P.

That ‘Kiwi’ touch

What makes the the food a little bit special is that the presentation of the food has a certain Kiwi touch to it – my friends coffee came served with the foam in the shape of a Silver Fern.

And the decorations are definitely full of Kiwi flavour. Hanging on the walls, of the upstairs part of the cafe, are all things Kiwi – from a New Zealand flag to ‘tikis‘ to bone necklaces. Downstairs, there are place-names of New Zealand in frames.

Each ‘number’ placing that you get when you order has a New Zealand image on it – from memory mine, this trip, had an image of Footrot Flats.

The staff are friendly, and if you are lucky you’ll hear a Kiwi accent (or two). The tables upstairs and in the outside part of the cafe are great – a good height, with ‘pouffes’ to set on.

However, the tables downstairs are a little more awkward to sit around – there are a number of coffee tables, with the seats higher than the tables themselves. I, for one, find this a little uncomfortable when I’m eating. But each to their own.

For a Kiwi in London, it makes one feel a little bit at home. And I can’t ask for much more than that.

If you feel like experiencing a slice of New Zealand in London yourself, check out the Sacred Cafe on Ganton Street, nearest tube: Oxford Circus.

There are other Sacred Cafes around London, by the same company (it does pain me a little that its somewhat of a chain) – check out the website to find out where they are, and when they are open.

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