History and Background:
This post has taken me a while to write, fuelled by the ambitious plan that I will try out the whole entire menu before posting about it. WA cafe are continuously inventing new recipes and adding new things to the menu so this slightly hinders my not-so-achievable plan!
What I love about WA cafe is how authentic it feels, from its freshly made patisserie to traditional Japanese curry buns – it even has an automated door system exactly like in Japan! Bread and cakes are made fresh right out of the kitchen, you can even see them making it from the small kitchen window by the counter.
You can see some of the most common products they sell at WA cafe here: http://www.wacafe.co.uk/products
Opened by the owners of popular chain restaurant Hare & Tortoise, late 2014/ early January 2015.
The meal: (Takeaway prices shown)
A buttery and aromatic soft bread beautifully layered with Matcha cream/ Sweet Potato. Available on Saturdays only.
A trio of crusty choux pastry filled with a whipped sesame, matcha and azuki custard creams. Rasberry and Pistachio tart below was amazingly fresh, consists of pistachio frangipane tart decorated with a lightly whipped custard cream and fresh raspberries.
Chicken Katsu sandwiches consist of deep fried chicken in breadcrumbs with sweet BBQ sauce, mayo and salad.
WA cafe also has my favourite type of green tea, houji-cha! (Roasted green tea)
They have teas for a pot for £3.00
- Genmai cha
- Green tea
- Soba cha
- Yuzu cha
- Ume cha
Above we have the Green Tea Azuki bun, a soft green tea bread filled with a sweet Azuki bean paste and cream cheese. The two below, small white roll filled with Chicken Kara-age pieces and salad with mixed of Ketchup, Mayo and sweet BBQ sauce. Pumpkin mini roll is a small white roll filled with Pumpkin Croquette and salad with mixed of Ketchup, Mayo and sweet BBQ sauce.
On our last trip here we went for seconds on the curry buns, and witnessed it running out twice in 30 minutes!
Japan’s own signature patisserie, the strawberry shortcake, and WA cafe does it! A delicate sponge with a lightly textured whipped cream and sumptuous fresh strawberries.
Service: Since it’s a cafe, minimal interaction – but very nice friendly staff. Look out for the owner/ manager Yvonne, very welcoming.
Bits and bobs:
- It’s not as far as it seems, and it’s certainly worth the travel. Right next to Ealing Broadway station, Central, District and Piccadilly line
- Try not to over order – eating the whole menu in one day is impossible!