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Cafe Review: Dose Espresso in Smithfields

Dose Espresso is for no good reason completely unloved by me. I mean it is 5 minutes from my flat. It is located in Smithfields which is an area that gives me creeps of historical pleasure every time I wander through it. The shop is an independent enterprise in a city full of clones. The coffee is good (Square Mile blend). Really good. The food is fantastic. The staff are gregarious and fun. But yet, I never visit it. The reason for this is a slight laziness in that Pitch 42 on Whitecross Street (review here) is about a minute closer from my flat but still…

Well I finally put the effort in and swung by this Saturday after a palate dissapointing lunch at Bistro Bruno Loubet (here) and I am glad I did because Dose Espresso have got “it”.  From the cool interior with fridge magnets listing the drinks to the great muffins and sandwiches I like it all. Also their coffee is good. Whilst it is almost trite to talk about a small Antipodean coffee shop in London these days with good flat whites Dose Espresso is definitely one of them.

So note to self stop being lazy and visit Dose more often.

Price – £2ish
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  1. LondonRob

    Glad you revised your opinion – I really like this place. Plus they do vegemite on toast – hooray!

  2. Tom

    LondonRob – an aussie friend got me into something new at Taylor St. Muffins with cheese and vegemite and avocado. It is actually delicious… I will start drinking fosters next…

  3. LondonRob

    Wow – I eat vegemite with everything but not sure about this crazy muffin! Is it good? The cheese bit I get, but the avacado…anyway I'll just have to go and try it. Stay away from the Fosters – head for VB. Lovely stuff.

  4. Tom

    It is actually pretty good. The one thing I don't get and never well is a Lemmington Coconut bun thing – absolutely terrible. Those Aussies are mad.

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