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by Shubhit (subscribe)
In-house Copywriter at Camberwell Film Studios. Loves writing about advertising and technology. Has worked with Contagious Magazine, The Upcoming, Creative Orchestra, Triton Communications, All India Radio, etc. Follow me on Twitter @ShubhitSaxena
Published November 5th 2012
For a quick bite and sharp coffee
Last week, I had a meeting scheduled in North Acton. I had never been in this part of London before, and I must say, it was certainly not an eye candy. The tube station, almost at one end of the Central Line, leads you out in front of a Tesco and Sainsbury's. My work however, took me to about a 10 minute walk from the tube station and into an area surrounded by warehouses and offices.

The cafe from outside, on my way back from meeting

It was a cold foggy day that reminded me of scenes from X-Files, and having forgotten my lights at home, I was craving for a hot cup of coffee before I went in for my meeting. I was a quite early and had time on my hand, so I walked a little out to the crossway and looked around. The first glimpse my eyes caught was of a food truck parked right on the corner of the street. A couple of people were buying stuff, but I wasn't in the mood to have something out in the cold. So I walked ahead a little more and found this cafe - Candy Cafe and Patisserie. From outside, it didn't look too promising, though there was a set of garden chairs laying out in the open, they didn't seem inviting on the day.

I walked in and looked around - it was small but clean and amply decorated. From the looks of it, it looked like a perfect place to grab a bite when the clocks would give way to employees for the lunch hour. The place could fit in around 14 people at a time, if there ever was going to be such a crowd. I presume people would mostly bring in their own lunches if they were working in such an area, for one, there weren't many cafes around!

The see through glass showcases had a few cakes and it made me take notice of a sign above which mentioned that the place also catered at weddings. "Well if they were catering weddings, it ought to be good," I remember having those thoughts precisely as I walked in a little queue behind two other people. I looked at the display cabinet and ordered a chicken and potato sandwich wrap, as the potatoes seemed piping hot. The place also has a meal deal, which lets you choose between a sandwich, a drink and a pack of crisps for £5. So, I took advantage of the offer and went ahead with a White Americano and picked up my pack of crisps.

My Coffee and Sandwich

The coffee was served first and about 7 minutes later the sandwich, as I waited in my seat, slightly away from the door. It was a little discomforting having the cold air flowing in from behind on my back, especially when I had my coat off, and even though I had made sure to stand up and close the door, once the Manager came by and opened it for no apparent reason - perhaps people might mistake the cafe to be closed on such a day!

The sandwich was a delight, warm and fresh, as was the salad on the side. The coffee however was a bit surprising. I was expecting more of a traditional White Americano, however, there was froth on top. It was good. Tasted fresh and sharp. From my experience working as a Barista, I would speculate it was not Lavazza beans in the grinder.

Twenty minutes later, I was paying for the meal and on my way out. It was a good meal, however, I wasn't stuffed and I was tempted to go for one of the pastries in the display case, if only I had enough time before my meeting!

On a whole, I would recommend it to anyone in the area who wants to have a decent bite and a coffee. The owners certainly need to stock on magazines in English, in addition to the glamorous looking Arabic ones, which I browsed through (looking at pictures) fairly quickly, waiting for my sandwich.

Decor: 6/10
Comfort: 7/10
Food: 8/10
Service: 6/10
Overall: 7/10
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Why? Coffee and a quick bite
When: Everyday 8 am - 8 pm
Phone: 020 8965 3163
Where: 11 Chase Road, NW10 6EZ, London
Cost: Varies. Average £5-8
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