What? Café Sou is The Ned’s Parisian-style café, set further away from the main area, this little gem is serving up a simple, classic menu, great coffees and fresh juices.
New? Yes, the last of the nine restaurants to open at The Ned, it only opened this summer.
Where? The Ned, 27 Poultry, EC2R 8AJ, www.thened.com
On the Menu: The menu is simple, Lorraine quiches, omelettes made with Burford Brown eggs, pastries and baguettes (which you can order as a quarter, half or whole) filled with the likes of chicken, avocado and spinach, charcuterie boards and salads – all the sort of food you can grab to take back to your desk or pick at over a glass of wine or two.
The Look: Occupying a little corner of The Ned, Café Sou is flooded with light from the large arched windows that line it and the high ceilings. There’s a dark green and cream tiled counter which is piled high with the quiches, Burford eggs, baguettes and petit fours and a fridge stacked with fresh pressed juices and salads. A couple or marble topped communal tables fill the space, but there are only 16 covers, so you get the idea that it’s more for takeaway.
What We Ate: Would it actually be possible to eat a whole baguette? We’re going to say no (not unless you’re going to share it), our quarter baguette was more than enough, even a half would have left us feeling like we were committing carbicide. Stuffed with Jambon, comté and cornichons – it was no mean feat to eat it, delicious yes, but it was rather chewy – you’re not going to be able to eat this politely unless you have jaws of steel. There’s a summery salmon and asparagus quiche – you get a good -sized slice although a few leaves on the side would just lift it slightly. If you want something sweet, then there are mini chocolate cakes generously iced and an excellent lemon cake with plenty of lemon cream, perfect with a large latte.
What We Drank: There’s a strong wine list but we actually stuck to the fresh cold pressed juices which are made in house. There was the Red made from pineapple, carrot, ginger, orange, lemon and beetroot and a sharp juice of ginger, lemon and pineapple. They also do a great latte.
Go With: This is the sort of place you don’t actually need to take anyone, if you work in the area add it to your lunch time repertoire, or if you want to escape the office with your colleague for a coffee then this is going to beat any chain.
Final Word: You might not think of The Ned as somewhere you can just drop in for lunch, it’s had so much hype around it, but actually Café Sou is just that, somewhere you can grab a coffee before heading into work, have a quick lunch after your gym session or if you just want somewhere to go through your emails.
Café Sou: The Ned, 27 Poultry, EC2R 8AJ