L’Eto Caffé, King’s Road

L’Eto Caffé on King’s Road is the latest addition to the six-part chain that started in Soho’s Wardour Street. It offers breakfast and lunch options, including a combination of their appetising salads – not the mere leaf version but ones with seeds, butternut squash and quinoa: this is Chelsea after all.

Although not included on the main menu, the platters are clearly displayed. The colourfulness makes them very appealing and you can combine them with a main course of your choice: a piece of fish or meat.

Imagine my surprise when, a la carte menu in hand, I asked for a recommendation, and my very friendly waitress suggested that I try the soup of the day. I had the choice of fish soup or borscht. Slightly bemused I opted for the borscht: in fairness, it seemed a popular choice. My neighbours were also having lunch and with the tight seating arrangements, I could literally observe their meal. L’Eto Caffé seats about 30 people, and the downstairs holds the only large table to seat about six people. Most of the tables seat two, and I suggest you ask for a downstairs table if you’d like a little more space.

Back to the borscht, a beetroot soup made from a hearty beef stock and flavoursome with a good grind of pepper. It was served with two warm breadrolls the size of dumplings, but filled with fresh herbs. I must have looked very pleased as the new customer on the other side of me promptly ordered the same.

After the meal I asked for a black coffee and got a generous pot. It was a non-adventurous option, but I was seated opposite the coffee machine and can vouch for the love that goes into those soy lattes.

There was a wide choice of desserts: platters of chocolate truffles and pretty cakes that invite the customers from their display in the window. All the cakes are made in one of their bakeries and distributed daily to the different stores. I asked if the orange polenta cake was gluten free but it was not: I was given the gluten-free options, which included a chocolate truffle tart.

I tried the honey cake that came in a huge slice: luckily, it was lighter than I thought but when I reached the halfway point I was defeated. They kindly offered to wrap the cake up for me and offered me a few of their best-selling truffles. Having had the hard task of trying them I had a clear favourite. The green tea truffle was a little too strong in tea flavour for my taste, the pink champagne truffle had a lovely hint of alcohol in the ganache but was very sweet. The pistachio addition to the dark truffle made the exterior too tough but L’Eto’s sea-salt caramel truffle would be the perfect addition to their delicious after-lunch coffee.

L’Eto Caffé
149 King’s Road

Tel: 020 7351 7656


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