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THE WAY THE COOKIE CRUMBLES

My friends and I have been on the lookout for a place, which could come to be known as our spot. Yes we watched the hit American sitcom Friends too often and that is what lead to this great quest for the one and only spot! And finally after a year of hunting around we found it.

So here is the review of my haven in London the Brew Box, located at the very end of Islington high street tucked away beneath a residential building this café is not the easiest to locate be prepared for a bit of a search. Though once you manage to find your way to it and enter the compact yet endearing space you will wish you never have to leave it.

Other than being renowned to serve up a delectable range of bubble tea they serve desserts made by popular London bakeries such as Necco and Cocomaya. This makes the Brew Box well equipped to help you through a bad day or just put a smile on your face. The café owned by two warm and sociable men, who make sure you are comfortable and allow you to relax and just have a good time. The most exciting feature though is not their fresh and groovy music but the games they have around their tables. Come with a group of friends and you could easily be occupied for hours playing a game of Jenga or connect four.

With a simple yet attractive menu there is no room for disappointment, being a dessert lover I could not resist their raisin and oatmeal cookie served up with vanilla bean ice cream and caramel sauce. Other than falling in love with the dessert at first sight the fact that it was brought to our table was appreciable.

COOKIE WITH ICE CREAM AND CARAMEL SAUCE
COOKIE WITH ICE CREAM AND CARAMEL SAUCE 

Now moving towards the good part, the cookie served warm with an overtly generous portion of vanilla bean ice cream decorated beautifully with a drizzle of caramel sauce. Who would not want a bite of that?

The cookie was warm, crumbly and succulent. The balance between the oatmeal and raisin was just right and not immensely sweet. Paired with a spoonful of the rich ice cream and sweet yet sensational burnt taste of the caramel, you get the most delicious bite. This is a definite must have on my list!

Even though I was full, I got the sudden urge to go back to their counter and just scan through their desserts, just scan!

As you can guess I did more than just scan. Ever heard of the trend of cronuts? Yes I had fallen prey to their delicately shaped croissant doughnuts. I have to be honest, I never imagined enjoying a hybrid dessert but I was glad that I had my first cronut experience at the brew.

TRIPLE CHOCOLATE CRONUT (PHOTO TAKEN BY BREW BOX)
TRIPLE CHOCOLATE CRONUT
(PHOTO TAKEN BY BREW BOX)

Served warm the round flaky pastry dough was topped with a layer of thick milk chocolate and garnished with white chocolate shavings. Within seconds I was half way threw the dessert, the mini dough ball bursts with flavour. At first you get the slightly salty croissant taste, right after that the rich and creamy chocolate ganache in the centre and the layer of chocolate on top though is not as great as the filling adds a great textural element and makes it look as appealing as it tastes.

If your ever in the neighborhood and have spare time on your hands please do visit the Brew Box, a hip and welcoming café, which helps you forget about the world outside, great music, their authentic and flavoursome bubble tea range and of course their mouth watering desserts an added bonus is that they have free wifi and all this at an affordable price. It is for sure a sweet place to visit.

INFORMATION:
Address: 120 Islington High street
London N1 8EG

Telephone: 020 7359 0222

Timings: Monday- Thursday 11:00 am to 21:00 pm
Friday- Sunday 11:00 am to 22:00 pm

Price Range: £ – £5-£12

* No reservations, first come first serve basis

Hope you get a chance to visit it soon.

Thank you 🙂

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SIPPIN’ BUBBLE TEA

Here is a review of one of my favourite spots in London, for those of you who are craving something sweet, but are tired of the mundane dessert served on a plate? It’s time to pay a visit to Bubbleology. Situated on Rupert Street in the lively area of Soho, this joint serves you an outlandish and toothsome beverage. Which ensures that your sweet tooth is satisfied. Its prime location and fresh menu, have people raving about it and always packed with customers, this trendy joint never has a dull moment.

Invented in Taiwan in the 1980’s, it conquered London in 2011. Bubble tea is the new trend, which heralds the next stage of “tea-volution” and figuring out why this has become such a fad, requires one to understand what is bubble tea? A drink made using tea as its base, infused with fruit flavours or milk served ice cold or steaming hot and the added taste of flavoursome tapioca balls, which pop in your mouth. What’s not to love!

At Bubbleology the art of preparing bubble tea is taken very seriously, there is a scientific approach used to create different concoctions and the setting could easily pass off as a laboratory but much more chic and vibrant than the usual ones. The employees emulate the role of a scientist in their laboratory coats, as they have access to a top-secret pantry, in which they create the chewy tapioca pearls (commonly called Boba) made to perfection by a special shaker. The Boba was inspired from the bubbles created, through a vigorous shaking process used in creating bubble tea. These scientists have mastered the delicious art of balancing the right amount of Boba or jelly with the fruit and milk teas. Creating an eccentric and appetizing drink.

TOP SECRET DOOR BEHIND WHICH LIES THE BOBA
TOP SECRET DOOR            BEHIND WHICH LIES THE BOBA (TAPIOCA BALLS)

7 milk teas and 6 fruit teas to be paired with 6 kinds of flavoured jelly and Bobas could be quite confusing to choose from, though their friendly ‘scientists’ help you out and choosing flavours you would like helps in ensuring you enjoy your first bubble tea experience. The first bubble tea I had was an apple green tea paired with strawberry boba, not too sweet the fruit tea tastes refreshing and after a few sips when a boba lands in your mouth, you get a kick as it pops and all its flavour oozes out leaving behind a great taste in your mouth.

BUBBLEOLOGY,BUBBLE TEA,BUBBLEOLOGY LOYALTY CARD AND ASSORTED BUBBLE TEA
BUBBLEOLOGY,BUBBLE TEA,BUBBLEOLOGY LOYALTY CARD AND ASSORTED BUBBLE TEA

Though my favourite tea at present would be the white peach tea with strawberry boba, the tea is sweet yet retains its fruity flavour. The soft and chewy strawberry boba like pearls, not only make the drink visually appealing but also creates a swirl of flavour. In order to get the pairing right both the boba and jelly must go seamlessly well with your choice of tea.

The most celebrated concoctions are the white peach tea with strawberry boba, Passionfruit tea with lychee boba and mango tea with strawberry boba amongst the fruit teas. Amongst the milk teas Taro pearl tea, plain pearl jasmine tea and coconut pearl tea are highly regarded by customers.

Having tried several mixes, personally the milk teas do taste good but tend to become unpleasantly sweet after a while whereas the fruit teas remain light and fresh but equally sweet.

Bubble tea has become one of my favourite spots in London and their quirky snack cum drink is affordable, filling and lip smacking. If you are craving something sweet and new, bubble tea is the fix. Do try it!

INFORMATION:
Address: 49 Rupert Street,
Soho
London,England.
W1D 7PF

Telephone: 0207 494 4231

Timings: Monday – Thursday: 11:00 am to 23:30 pm
Friday – Saturday: 11:00 am to 24:00 am
Sunday: 11:00 am to 23:30 pm

Price Range: £ : £3.75 – £5

Prices: regular: £3.45 and large: £3.75

* No reservations

* Other locations: Harvey Nichols, Notting Hill, Stratford, South Kensington, Oxford Circus

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