Last Thursday, as with the day before, I had an appointment in the City. As I was only 10 minutes away from Long Lane, and as I was hungry, I thought it would be an opportune time to check these places out.
I've heard that those living and working near Long Lane are supposed to be exceedingly fortunate because of their proximity to Austrian cafe Kipferl and coffee shop Dose, which are located right next to each other.Dose
69 Long Lane
London EC1A 9EJ
I heard about Dose through bellaphon, who seems to discover all the great coffee places as and when they pop up.Lunch consisted of a sandwich (milano salami, goat cheese, sun blush tomato, basil and rocket on wholemeal, £3.50) and a misordered latte. I had ordered a flat white, but somewhere along the hustle and bustle, I was served a latte.
Now, onto the sandwich. The sandwich was incredible. The ingredients complemented one another perfectly, and the bread, the bread! It was amazing, especially when toasted. This was most definitely one of the best sandwiches I have ever eaten. The only other times I've had this reaction to sandwiches are when I've eaten Rootmaster's bread, LSE's paninis and Pret-a-Manger's Parmesan avocado sandwich (only available at the now-closed Singapore branch).
The main problem with Dose is that it's small, and there are no real tables. It may have free wi-fi, but I guarantee you that if you choose to stay in here for any period of time, with your laptop perched on your lap (the crates which make up the tables are the same height as the box-chairs), you will undoubtedly suffer from a pretty bad backache before long. I had originally come in here with the intention of reading Time Out, but, given the lack of space, pretty much ended up eating, drinking, taking some photos and then leaving, all in just about half an hour.
70 Long Lane
London EC1A 9EJ
This time around, the apple strudel was still available. I opted for a takeaway, and promptly devoured it within five minutes. This wasn't because of its great taste. It had more to do with the fact that it was a small portion, probably as long as my hand, and about two inches wide. As far as strudels go, it was okay. I didn't like that it was cold (I prefer my pastries warm), but this wasn't Kipferl's fault.