L’ETO Caffe, one of my favourite cake places, has just opened a new caffe on the Brompton Road. This is their sixth and largest branch and it offers a new a la carte menu, so last week Julie and I visited. Here is our restaurant review.
L’ETO is conveniently situated midway between Harrods and the South Kensington Museums (V and A, National History Museum and the Science Museum). It’s in a great location for shoppers and culture seekers alike. The new branch is located directly opposite the Brompton Oratory, a large neo classical style Roman Catholic church. Incidentally that’s where Alfred Hitchcock married Alma Reville in 1926, but getting back to the food review...
We visited between Christmas and New Year and arrived to find the restaurant was busy, the staff were very welcoming and it only took a few minutes for us to be shown to our table. The restaurant is furnished in a contemporary style. I loved Julie’s description “comfortable and chic - kind of a mix between a comfortable library and a bistro".
After the cakes the next thing we noticed was the salad bar. There was a choice of about ten different and beautifully presented salads. As a vegetarian one of the things I most appreciated was the clear labelling on all the items, so it was really easy to work out what each dish contained. We also noted throughout the visit that the salad bar was frequently replenished.
While I am more noted for my sweet tooth I have to admit I really struggled to choose my salad section as they all looked really appetising. I had a portion of vegetable quiche, served warm and accompanied by two salads. The spicy beetroot and pineapple salad had a tangy combination of flavours with the chilli counteracted the sweetness of the pineapple. The roasted pumpkin and Portobello mushroom salad was my favourite, it contained green beans, chickpeas, garlic and thyme and tasted amazing.
Julie had the Teriyaki Salmon with a rice and mushroom salad and an apple and celeriac salad on the side. The salmon was deliciously warm and the apple and celeriac salad was refreshingly zingy.
One of my other favourite things about L’ETO is that they do granitas. As they offer a seasonal menu I enjoyed a very refreshing and seasonal cranberry, apple and cinnamon flavoured one when I visited this time. I first discovered and fell in love with granitas when on holiday in Taormina, it’s a semi frozen flavoured drink originating from Sicily, an upmarket version of a Slush Puppy! It’s the perfect non alcoholic drink if you are looking for something a bit of a wow factor.
Julie enjoyed a mug of hot Tirol styled mulled wine which was served with a slice of orange.
I often visit the Soho branch of L’ETO which also feature in my London Cake Walk with its impressive window display it never fails to give my tour groups an audible gasps of delight, so I was pleased to see that the display was just as amazing in their Brompton Road branch. The prices are clearly marked and all cakes cost about £5 each.
The green tea cheesecake is one of their most popular cakes, so far on my visits this has eluded as they always sell out fast, so I was lucky to get the last one and finally taste it. The green tea is a very subtle flavour and the cheesecake is very rich and creamy. It has a crunchy biscuit base, garnished with chunks of fresh fruit and berries on top and drizzled with raspberry coulis. It exceeded my expectations and it was devine.
Julie ordered a slice of their chocolate fudge cake which was dense, but moist and rich.
Julie and I loved our visit to the new L’ETO branch in Brompton Road. There was a nice selection of dishes, including seasonal foods on the menu. Everything was beautifully presented and tasted delicious. The atmosphere was very pleasant and relaxed, with consistently excellent service throughout. It’s a great choice if you find yourself looking for somewhere to eat while out shopping in busy Knightsbridge or visiting the museums.
We would like to thank L' ETO and especially Sheila, who served us, as we had a fabulous visit and I can highly recommend their green tea cheesecake!
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The author of this blog is a qualified City of London and City of Westminster Tour Guide who leads guided walks combining world famous landmarks with hidden treasures often missed by the crowds