Murray Blake

London food and coffee writer

Baker & Spice

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54-56 Elizabeth Street, Belgravia, SW1W 9PB
Nearest tube: Sloane Square
0207 730 5524
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I’ve never seen Made In Chelsea but I have a rough feel for what the characters are like, and last week it seemed like half of the cast had decamped to Baker & Spice to enjoy a Saturday brunch in the sun.  There were quite a few “yahs” in the air, some popped collars and a lot of cigarette smoking (is it only the poorest and richest that smoke these days?).  If you like a higher class of people watching then Baker & Spice may well be the place for you, and for me it was interesting to observe the new money that now swarms Chelsea – Danish bankers with their prize wives, cigar smoking Spaniards with little round heads and obnoxious Americans who dress like Sloanies but lack the manners.

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The restaurant (which is now part of a small chain) started life as a bakery in the mid-nineties and has now expanded to up market salads and hot main courses like Salmon en croûte and dressed crab.  It has also become a bit of brunch favourite having received a great write up in the London Review of Breakfasts.  They offer a great selection of fresh salads; I opted for quinoa with peppers & olives, sweet potato, shallots and pumpkin seeds, and a wonderful parsnip and rocket salad.  These were all served in generous dollops and the cooking of each was excellent.

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We also had a chicken and leek pie which was made with rich puff pastry, the filling contained a generous amount of chicken and was cut with nicely crunchy leeks.  Very pleasing, my only criticism is that it was a tad under-seasoned.  We ate this along with a green bean salad which used great quality (I think organic) beans which had been quickly blanched so that they retained their texture.

Verdict: great for people watching and a healthy but hearty brunch

Also see: brunchetc.

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Author: murraycsblake

London food blogger.

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