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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 25th 2012
A quick bite in Camberwell
A couple of days back, I was in Camberwell for a meeting. After the meeting was over, I decided to take a walk and check out the surroundings of this quiet little area of London. It is close to the Oval cricket ground and tube station, and you can take a bus or walk.

This colourful little sandwich bar is located in Coldharbour Lane on the High Street, and is open 7 days a week.

When I peered in through the glass door, I was impressed by the professionally dressed staff. Curious, I went in. As I was looking at the menu overhead, the man at the counter started telling me the names of the dishes. It's really hard to take in all the names together when someone tries to gush them down your ears, so I smiled and told him that I was looking at the menu.

I wanted to go in with a Tuna Bloomer, but to my dismay, they were out of it. Perhaps, this was why the man was so hell bent on drowning me in the knowledge of sandwich names. I felt a little foolish, but yes, it would have been a lot more easier if he had just told me what they didn't have, instead of all the must know knowledge of what they serve.

A little disappointed and frustrated, I asked for a Chicken Aubergine sandwich and a Cappuccino. A few minutes later, the coffee was served on my table. The first look of it was disappointing, the cup was of a small size than regular, and there was not enough froth on top.

The Cappuccino

Later, the sandwich was served, finely cut in 4 pieces. It was grilled perfectly and the filling was a mix of Chicken, Potatoes and Aubergine. The sandwich was good, but the coffee spoilt the taste.

The Coffee and the Sandwich

A little later, I paid the bill and I was on my way out, taking a few pictures before I left.

On a whole it's a nice sandwich shop, quiet with enough space that also serves buffet style lunch boxes. It's a decent place if you are looking for a bite, however not an ideal place to go if you want to enjoy a sip of good coffee.

Decor: 7/10
Comfort: 7/10
Food: 6/10
Service: 6/10
Overall: 6.5/10
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Why? A quick bite but skip the coffee
When: 7 days a week
Where: Camberwell
Cost: Around 5
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