Review of Foxcroft and Ginger
Foxcroft & Ginger is a relaxed artisan cafe in the heart of London’s Soho, doubling as a bakery of incredible cakes, sourdough-based pizza and exquisite coffee freshly made in-house. F&G is the lovechild of dynamic husband and wife duo, Quintin and Georgina taking its name from Quintin’s family name, ‘Foxcroft’, and Georgina’s redhead pride, the pair have just opened a new branch in Whitechapel, East London.
This was my third visit to Foxcroft and Ginger but this time I booked myself in for a Saturday morning brunch. I was greeted by bohemian Aussie staff decked out in beanie hats and karma beads. A relaxed Central Perk feel cafe with a hint of Summer Bay in the air I was ready to be fed.
I started the brunch with F&G’s English breakfast loose leaf tea, a blend of Indian Ceylon & China tea full bodied and fresh. Rich and malty with a slight smokey ashy aftertaste was not off putting but tasted bitter the more the tea went cold. Served in a teapot with a teacup and saucer was an adorable presentation, traditional yet classic.
For my main I ordered herb roasted mushrooms, poached eggs with a truffled hollandaise sauce on toasted sour dough bread. Creamy, buttery, rich custard coloured truffled hollandaise smothered perfectly runny poached eggs. Earthy woody mushrooms (not soggy) well seasoned from the chopped parsley and thyme created a nutty flavour from the roasting. A delicious and hearty brunch dish however it was served at room temp and not as piping hot as I would have liked, the toast was very crisp and hard to cut through.
My blogging companion chose the vegetarian Meze plate of spiced aubergine, halloumi, labne, peppers and eggs minus the toast as she is gluten free. A Middle Eastern tapas of different textures and flavours, from the curd like labne – a strained yoghurt, thick and dense like a cream cheese, to the sweet tomato and spiced pureed aubergine was a fantastic alternative to a heavy fry up. The light dipping dishes woke up the tastebuds; salty, chilli, sweet and sour all tantalising!
Another pot of tea later we made room for a citrus cake to share however we couldn’t finish it, it was ridiculously bitter. Don’t get me wrong I love lemon but too much zest was used and was not enjoyable to eat. On the upside the cake was moist and a light sponge but the pungent flavour of citrus was a tad too much for our taste.
Overall Foxcroft and Ginger is a delightful cafe off the hustle of Central London, the food is fresh, great produce, well cooked and large portions. The place was busy from start to finish and staff were rushed off their feet so don’t expect attentive customer service but it’s a cafe not a restaurant. The counter of cakes and homemade pastries are enticing mixed with array of coffees and teas of offer Foxcroft and Ginger are firmly on top shelf of independent cafe’s in London.