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May 16, 2012 – Lunch
Written by: Second Stomach
It’s our first “real” day in London and it’s raining. A great excuse for checking out one of the larger malls in London. After navigating the tube the first time, we arrived and stumbled upon a row of restaurants just outside one of the mall entrances.
I was craving brunch or lunch and ca’puccino caught my eye. A good coffee right about now sounded really good.
It was busy when we walked in but there was a table for two. I marveled at the cute menu:
I also marveled at the cute napkins.
Our lunch today consisted of:
Focaccia di recco con prosciutto crudo
Americano – 2.50 pounds
I like americano’s because I can really taste the espresso without the espresso being too strong. This one was very smooth but I thought the flavor could be bolder. This could be a characteristic of italian coffees
Snowman’s favorite type of coffee. I think he enjoyed it. I had a sip of it and again, thought it was very smooth but could be bolder.
Focaccia di recco con prosciutto crudo – 8.95 pounds
- This is a house specialty. This dish has San Daniele cured ham and thin crusted focaccia filled with Stracchino soft cheese. I ordered this since it sounded unique, unlike what I’ve had before
- The focaccia was indeed very thin – on the outside, it was very light and very crispy at parts. The interior was very soft due to the soft cheese. The prosciutto provided a very nice salty balance.
- This combination really “worked”. The focaccia itself wasn’t very salty but having a mouthful of the cheese filled focaccia with a mouthful of the prosciutto was a very tasty combination.
- Although this was listed as a “lighter” fare, it was actually pretty filling. It doesn’t look like a lot, but I think each bite is very rich and overall, this was the right portion size.
Piacenza - 5.50 pounds
- This is a panini that has modena ham, buffalo mozzarella, vine ripened tomatoes, and baby leaf salad sandwiched between focaccia.
Here’s a closer look:
- It’s very pretty, isn’t it?
- We both noticed the focaccia right away. Snowman and I really appreciated how well this was grilled. The outside of the focaccia was very crispy and you could really taste the salt and olive oil in the bread. The focaccia overall was relatively dry and not very spongy but the way it was grilled balanced well with the more moist filling.
- Unfortunately we felt there could have been more filling – you can see that there weren’t very many slices of ham. Although the bread was really what stood out for us, we would have wanted a bit more ham and cheese.
Our server probably noticed how Snowman and I were sharing and assumed that we wanted our bills separated. So here’s a look at our bills:
At 20 pounds for our meal, this was a bit pricey. Snowman keeps reminding me that I shouldn’t “convert” back to Canadian. In this case, the food prices also include the VAT (a nasty tax in Europe) and we were automatically added a service charge as well. So I’m sure for local Londoners, this bill probably seems relatively reasonable. At the end of our meal, there was a bit of disorganization and service was slow. Fortunately, we were not in a rush (being on vacation is a good thing) and were very patient.
ca’puccino is an italian eatery that serves lighter fare – including pasta, salad, breakfast, paninis, dessert, and coffee. There are some really unique dishes here and the environment is casual, relaxed, and modern. I really enjoyed our experience here – this would be a perfect place if you just wanted to relax and grab a coffee and dessert or a great place to meet up with a friend over brunch or lunch.
- Some unique dishes
- Casual, modern environment. Great for a casual get-together with someone over lunch.
- A little pricey (but I might be saying this because I’m converting to canadian dollars)
- Service could be better