On September 17th 2016, Sam and I set out to finally go and visit VOGUE Café as a mini celebration thing since I’m finally graduating in November! So, our plan was to go to Westfield London, have lunch, shop around a little and then kick back at the Café to lounge before setting off home.
Now it was a cold day marking the beginning of Autumn so Sam was already planning to get herself her Chai Latte to keep warm. As for me? I was excited about the cupcakes – of course! And maybe even a cold drink? Mmm. Hot or cold, whatever the weather, I am ALWAYS down for a nice cold drink. Maybe that explains why I’m always getting sick..
So anyways, we got there and decided to have lunch at BUSABA EATHAI. Sam had already been there once and I had yet to visit the place, so you can already imagine how excited I was. Oriental food has probably got to be my absolute favourite. I usually always go to Wagamama’s, but I think it was about time I went elsewhere, and oh my gosh, what an absolute delight! Food? AMAZING. Atmosphere? AMAZING. Customer Service? AMAZING. Seriously, go have a meal at BUSABA at the Westfield, London branch, if you haven’t already.
To celebrate 100 years of British Vogue, the magazine has opened a pop up Café at L’Orchidée in Westfield London.
This chic little Café offers a selection of cupcakes, macaroons, hot and cold beverages, finger food, afternoon tea and a little something sparkly for those of you who drink.
The Café is perfectly situated in the heart of ‘The Village’ meaning you are truly surrounded by fashion inspo. They have kept the decor minimal with emphasis on showcasing a selection of their British Vogue covers from the last century.
We opted for a Macaron and Cupcake (Macaron or Macaroon?) They had a nice selection of Macarons to choose from: Vanilla, Belgian Chocolate, Pistachio, Peanut Butter, Red Velvet, Ferrero Rocher and Coconut (And more believe it or not). I (Sam) am really indecisive when it comes to ordering food, so as expected it took me a while to choose. I finally settled on Coconut and it was most definitely the right choice. This was a really good Macaron. The shell was not too hard and the coconut flavour not too strong. These dainty little cookies (Do they fall under the cookie family? What do you think?) are so delicious and versatile but so damn hard to make. I just can’t seem to get it right at all!
Handing over to Waseema…
So, I (Waseema) just couldn’t decide on which cupcake to order. They all looked SO good! The Red Velvet Cupcake was calling my name but I’d already had way too much the past week during Eid, so I decided to go with a Ferrero Rocher Cupcake. The frosting on this was so delicious, and it had just the right amount of nuts sprinkled on top. The base of the actual cupcake was a little hard meaning the sponge had dried out. It didn’t have that softness you’d expect with a cupcake. I actually struggled to get my spoon through it which was quite annoying, but very tasty nevertheless. The only thing that disappointed me – I was so ready to be greeted with some gooey Nutella surprise in the centre of the cupcake, but I wasn’t! It was just..plain. Sigh.
As for our beverages, well..
What we ordered – Raspberry Lemonade and Mocha
What we got – Overly fizzy Raspberry Crush and Foam….
I have to say the drinks really let us down 🙁 I will blame it on the service. This guy was a joke! The Mocha was 80% foam. Yuuuuck. Also, he completely forgot about the Macron order. We were there for a while, half of the cupcake had been scoffed down already and still no sign of the Macaron. Literally had to get up, find him and ask him where the Macaron ran off to.
Overall experience was pleasant, excluding the waiter. It was a nice way to end our shopping trip and totally had us feeling all glam sitting in the village enjoying our coffee break.
VOGUE Café is open till 25th September, Monday to Saturday between the hours of 10am and 9m. If you are into fashion or want a really good Macaron then do go check it out.