Mrs. Marengo's

I love stumbling across places I've not been before, especially when they turn out to be better than I anticipated.

After having lunch at Cha Cha Moon (see the post below), I was after something sweet and a dose of coffee. So my friend and I wondered around Carnaby Street then Lexington Street for inspiration until we stopped at the end of the road with a large Pret a Manger on one side and Mrs. Marengo's on the other, and I was won over by the cake display in the shop window that it was a no brainer to step inside.

It's a vegetarian cafe and cake shop whose sister restaurant, Mildred's, is just next door. They serve savoury food as well, but I was more interested in the cakes!

And my what cakes they have - most of which are glutenfree, wheatfree or vegan. The brownie, the victoria sponge and the fruit, nut and seed slice were all very tempting, but I couldn't resist the pretty glutenfree cupcakes.

My friend, Dave, braved it and went for the devilish looking chocolate and raspberry truffle cake! This was very tasty but was served in a rather big slice which I personally would've struggled with.

The latte also hit the spot, but considering that they use Monmouth organic coffees, why wouldn't it?

If you're spending the day shopping in the centre of town, I'd thoroughly recommend popping into Mrs. Marengo's for a quick stop to refuel; or if you work nearby get some food to take-away. The only thing that's slightly niggling is their seating, which are all high stools. In which case, if it's a good sit-down lunch you're after, it's probably best to go to Mildred's next door.

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