The Handbook
The Handbook

What? A feel good café deli and juice bar with an Italian twist.

New? The Food Store Irving Street opened at the end of February 2017, this is the third branch of the Food Store.

Where? Food Store Soho, 9a Irving Street, WC2H 7AT

On The Menu: On the menu, you’ll find breakfast dishes such as French toast, smashed avocado on sourdough and eggs benedict. The Food Store serves up an extensive range of salads think Caesar and Thai carrot salad; at least three varieties of pizza al taglio alongside dishes such as aubergine parmigiana and chicken escalope. To quench the thirst, Food Store has a long list of smoothie and juice mixes to choose from – even the fussiest of eaters will be appeased. If you’re after something sweet, on the counter you’ll find the likes of  Oreo cookies, Italian muffins and chocolate tarts.

First Impressions: We visited midday on a Saturday and almost every table was full, if you just so happen to visit when you can’t get a table, you can get the food to go too. Being busy didn’t deter from the service,  the staff really made us feel at home, you could see that they would go out of their way to make you happy.

The Look: Despite it being the lunchtime rush, we were greeted with a counter fully stocked with fresh colourful salads, pizza al taglio and delicious Italian cakes all freshly baked by the Food Store with muffins imported from Italy. Inside, the room is small but it still felt light and airy with  marbled tables, simple pendant lighting, classic white tiles and splashes of colour in the form of vibrant prints and pastel coloured chairs.

What We Ate: Now that the sun is making more of an appearance, the menu at Food Store is perfect for transitioning from carb laden comfort food to something lighter. The daily special pizza al taglio, was Burrata, the classic combination of burrata, fresh basil pesto and sliced tomatoes. If you’re hungry we recommend the pitta filled with chicken escalope, romaine lettuce, avocado and mayonnaise. Get the slaw salad to go with it – a bowl packed with vibrant red cabbage, carrots, courgette and creamy balsamic dressing.

What We Drank: The manager talked us through his personal favourites and told us that the best sellers included the Feeling Fresh and Rememberry juice and the Berry Nut and Berry Smooth smoothies. I had the Berry Nut smoothie (banana, strawberry, blueberry, almond butter and almond milk) whilst my guest had the Feeling Fresh juice (pineapple, cucumber, spinach, apple, fennel, lime and ginger), the smoothie could have done with being that little bit thicker, but the juice was the perfect way to round off the meal, keeping things fresh

Go With: Your friends for a catch up away from the hustle and bustle of Leicester Square or head there for your lunch if you work near Leicester Square and opt for one of their mix n match lunch boxes.

Final Word: If you want to go for brunch on the weekend, I suggest that you go before midday to get a table. They are also open early for breakfast and it’s been highly recommended that you try their Breakfast Brioche bun.

Like This? Try These: The Mae Deli, The Good Life Eatery and Natural Kitchen.