History and Background:
Meal courtesy of L’Eto Caffe, Brompton Road, the newest of the 6 branches and opened late 2014. Midway between South Kensington and Knightsbridge, L’Eto holds an exquisite display of patisserie and desserts at the shop window leaving many Londoners eyeing up for more. A family orientated business with Italian influences.
The first ever L’Eto opened up on Wardour Street, Soho in 2011, and there has been no going back since. The Brompton branch radiates an ambience of tranquility and benevolence, which is a stark contrast to its busy and often-crowded Soho counterpart!
They have a healthy selection of salads and main courses available to takeaway in its various locations.
The gnocchi was my personal favourite from the starters, with the sundried tomatos and pine nuts in full flavour and gnocchi cooked at the right texture. The ravioli would have been perfect if it was boiled a bit more, the ravioli skin was slightly undercooked. Along with 3 courses, we had an opportunity to try 2 cocktails and 2 smoothies which made such good thirst quenchers!
Shrenee chose the Copacabana which we thought came out too strong, but we’re both not naturally great drinkers! Consists of cachaca, passion fruit, chocolate and cream. The chocolate and passion fruit are purposeful complements, with the right proportions they develop a sophisticated and exotic aroma. “A must-try brazilian favourite”.
I had Cherry Lime consisting of gin, cherry puree, lime and sugar syrup. “Elegant and tangy” and indeed met my expectations of a light, crispy and fresh drink!
I’m an absolute sucker for smoothies, absolutely loved these and very fitting for the summer. If you’re coming by for the patisserie, have a smoothie too.
The wild sea bass was soft and the juices were well preserved within the fish. The quinoa a clever and light accompaniment and gears you up well for the rich desserts to come.
I am such a big fan of their desserts, notably the green tea cheesecake I received on my birthday. Trying something new, we opted for the chocolate caramel slice and honey cake which were heavenly. Honey cake was remniscent of the same spongy cakes I had in Amsterdam, creamy, light, and sweet. The chocolate caramel slice was biscuit-like, and teasingly crumby. It wasn’t too sweet even with the caramel which was great for me! It was a shame we didn’t finish, but 3 courses is more than enough and the portions are very moderate.
Service: Young staff, friendly but not intrusive.