Want to go to a cute little boulangerie/café in France? Go no further than Oree. This little slice of crack for sugar addicts, such as myself, popped up on Fulham road mid 2016 and has been busy since. Serving fresh baked everything at a reasonable price, it’s now my one stop shop for fresh bread and desserts galore.
Surrounded by C-Press Juice and Lomax gym, Oree knows their audience and caters for intolerances and the healthy eating habits of the Chelsea set. However, you do need to walk past their delicious display of treats in order to get to the café. You win some you lose some.
They have eggs benedict on the menu, so I obviously ordered that. What I wasn’t expecting was how amazing it was. They use Japanese Mie instead of the traditional English muffin and what a fantastic addition. Instead of traditional ham, they use Iberian cured ham, which I didn’t love but I can see why some people would.
To balance it out (and honestly, to fit in a little) I also ordered a green juice, which, although green, didn’t taste like grass. Yay!
I have picked up dessert for dinner parties several times here and can vouch for pretty much everything (New Years diet starts now!). My personal favorites are the lemon tart and the mille feuille but I have also eaten the giant gold cake profiterole thingy and it didn’t disappoint.
What to wear: I showed up post gym in lululemon and a ponytail, but most people are parisian chic in minimal makeup and oversized sweaters.
275-277 Fulham Road
Chelsea, London, SW10 9PZ
0203 813 972
So, award for weirdest name for a restaurant in South Ken goes to… Iddu. This is a fairly new spot on what is becoming a great little street near South Kensington Tube. Before, all that was there was a Fitness First and an overpriced dry cleaners. But, with Iddu’s parent The South Kensington Club opening soon next door, this is set to be a new high traffic area for the Chelsea set in the know.
I stopped by in the morning and the place was crammed. Yummy mummies and coffee meetings were in full swing but the man near the till took the time to speak to me. I was there to make a lunch reservation but apparently there wasn’t one needed. When I asked him to see a lunch menu, he told me there wouldn’t be one until 11am. Iddu is a Sicilian cafe and they decide their menu moments before lunch depending on what’s fresh and available that day.
Fast forward to lunch and things have calmed down. There are empty tables and I finally get to see the much anticipated lunch menu. To be honest it was a bit of a disappointment. I was hoping for some pasta or a fantastic salad and both those things seemed to be lacking. They did have a delicious sounding pesto chicken panini which I added mozzarella to while my friend had the prosciutto on gluten free bread.
On the whole my panini was pretty good. The ingredients were what did it. Grilled chicken, mozzarella, rocket and flavorful pesto on crispy focaccia… mmmm! Simple and it was less than £7 so I felt it was good value for money. Especially since it also came with a small side of salad.
Overall the service was nice, if a little slow. I think this is the place to be for breakfast or coffee so will definitely try it again as it’s still early days.
44 Harrington Road, London SW7
020 7589 1991