Introducing one of our new writers for our food column, the lovely, food-hunting Phoebe, starting with lots and lots of chocolate goodness for a smooth entry.
Konditor & Cook recently made it onto Time Out’s list of best hot chocolates in London, which was a blatant invitation to any self-respecting chocoholic to go and check it out. I am a self-respecting chocoholic. We sampled the hot chocolate at both the Curzon Soho (Shaftesbury Avenue) branch and the Time Out-recommended St Mary’s Axe branch, but the hot chocolate didn’t seem particularly special. It was pleasing but distinctly average if you’re a hot chocolate fanatic. Maybe there is some other version that wasn’t on offer that day..
Fortunately, hot chocolate is not the reason you should visit Konditor & Cook. The real attraction is their brownie bar. You can choose from many different flavours, including the classic Chocolate Chip Brownies, Boston Brownies (cranberries), Fudgepacker Brownies (the frankly dangerous combination of vanilla fudge and salted caramel) and Curly Wurly Brownies (cream cheese and vanilla pods).
What’s more – you can take away three of these brownies for a reasonable £5! That’s 3 days of happiness. (Or three hours, willpower-dependent!) The Fudgepacker – vanilla fudge and salted caramel. Life doesn’t get any better :
As for my favourites, this is tricky matter indeed. The flavours seem to vary slightly between branches. The salted caramel gooeyness of The Fudgepacker was nearly overwhelming when I bought one (or three) from the St Mary’s Axe branch. The cream cheese-vanilla of the Curly Wurly was too mild.
Yet in a recent visit to the Shaftesbury Avenue branch, The Fudgepacker was mildly sticky whereas the creamy gooeyness of the Curly Wurly produced gasps of brownie pleasure.
My advice is…. try ‘em all!
As an added incentive, I’ve heard good things about Konditor & Cook’s lunch menu that features salads, soup and one hot meat and veggie dish of the day. There are also plenty of other amazing cakes for any brownie-sceptics out there.
Konditor & Cook – Brownies, brownies, brownies, brownies
Phoebe Amoroso views the world through her stomach for FashionFetishism, and her personal blog : http://pheebzeatz.wordpress.com/