I initially heard about Caravan in the London Coffee Guide where it received a fantastic coffee score of 4.5 out of 5 and a glowing write-up about the quality of their home roasted beans. So I thought I’d head there for weekend brunch to enjoy a decent slurp of coffee along with their wholesome Antipodean food. They have two branches, one in the Granary Building near King’s Cross and the other at the end of Exmouth market (a street with some great restaurants on it for example Moro and Medcalf). They have lots of seats outside and it will be a great place to go when the weather is nice. I went to the Exmouth branch on a muggy Saturday morning, so was forced to sit inside; on entering, I was struck by how good-looking and well dressed everyone was (the thirty somethings expensively and fashionably mismatched, the twenty somethings more like h&m models).
I started with my standard coffee – a flat white: it arrived at just the right temperature for drinking, the milk treatment was fantastic and the texture beautifully creamy. The coffee was uncomplicated and very easy drinking. A great effort, but for me the quality of coffee is slightly better at Federation. To eat, I opted for the baked eggs with chorizo which has been a popular choice with many bloggers. The eggs came sitting on a mound of rich tomatoes and chunks of chorizo, they were perfectly cooked – nicely runny with the white just firm and no more. The dish was rounded off with dollops of yoghurt which cut through the richness of the chorizo and eggs.
The service was fast and efficient (and very patient with my multiple questions about the provenance of the coffee) and they made a great job of keeping our water topped up (which should be an easy thing to do but doesn’t seem to happen that often).
Verdict: great for brunch and their coffee is fantastic.