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CHOCOLATE TORTA IN THE MAKING
if the photo isnt enough to make you long for a slice of sinful but plantbased Chocolate Torta watch the link to Chef's video on our Facebook page
NEW AUTUMN MENU
Chef's new menu not only takes inspirations from her Italian and Japanese roots but also takes inspiration from her family members. Ayako's Pancakes were a family favourite created by Chef's Japanese mother and the lemon and lavender Torta Della Marcella is a tribute to her Italian Nona. Having sampled the new menu... the Nippon (Japan) Burgerwith tamari aioli and the Breakfast Pancakes with homemade nutella are delicious. The Chocolate Torta is off the chart... thats why it stayed on the menu for another season! Surprised we weren't. Enjoy.
5 STAR GOOGLE REVIEW
Thank you to Laura Clarke for giving us a great Afternoon Tea reveiw on Google. She is coming back for a 'Vurger' soon...
I did not stay at Cafe Forty One, but had a wonderful afternoon dining outside. My sister, a friend and I opted for the vegan afternoon tea with a non alcoholic fizzy beverage. Our friend is vegetarian, but my sister and I are carnivores, however, we are open to new or different experiences and have a few vegan friends so have eaten some vegan food before. As soon as we arrived at the hotel we were made to feel welcome and were given the choice about where we wanted to dine, inside the restaurant or outside. Once seated we were provided with menus, to select our teas or coffees and from that moment onwards the staff were polite, friendly, attentive and approachable. The afternoon tea was presented beautifully and delicately with bright colours, almost too pretty to eat. We agreed unanimously that everything we had eaten was delicious. The sandwiches were dainty, moist and flavorful (my favourites were the cashew nut butter and pickle and the watercress and tofu?). The pastries were light and incredibly tasty, especially the coconut flavoured one. The coconut spread was divine and went perfectly with the scones. I have eaten some vegan food before, but never afternoon tea. I thought the concept was very creative and executed beautifully. One of our hosts, unfortunately I do not recall her name, highly recommend the burger next time we visit. I am eagerly anticipating our next meal at Cafe Forty One.
TAKING ORDERS FOR OUR CELEBRATION CAKE
Available in choclate or vanilla, our delicious Celebration Cake is made to order. Choose your flavour and size, either enough for 5 or 10 servings.We require 24 hours notice and you will need to pop-in to collect. Orders and prices.
MEET CHEF YUMIKO SCINTO
Tell us a bit about your background as a chef?
I have always been passionate about food. Everything we did as a family centred around eating. My mother studied at culinary school and in the early days, way before I was born, my parents had a food stall in Camden Market. My father used to be a chef, specialising in Tuscan cuisine, so each night was spent eating indulgent three course meals at home. Summer holidays were spent in Japan where practically all my most vivid memories somehow always relate back to food. My family inspired and built the foundations for this menu.
As a result of becoming ill in 2012 I discovered and adopted a raw food plantbased diet which helped to heal my health problems. I worked in broadcasting for nearly 10 years but never felt fulfilled. Whilst still working I invested in a two-week intensive Vegan Diploma at Demuths Cookery School in Bath which convinced me that this was what I was destined to do. I went on to study with several leading plantbased Chef’s, including the raw food pioneer Matthew Kenney, attending the Matthew Kenney Culinary school in Thailand. Worked in the kitchens of Tickles Pickles, Nama Artisan Raw Foods, Essence and Plates.
The knowledge I have gained surrounding plantbased cuisine, coupled with my Italian and Japanese heritage, has ultimately been the inspiration behind creating the menu and culinary vision which I am delighted to be evolving at Café Forty One.
SOME LOVELY REVIEWS ABOUT US
"…plant-based bites come served with an air of sophistication that could rival Champs-Élysées’ favourite lunchtime haunts…. Have your cake and eat it too. At Café Forty One, classics are turned cruelty-free with this enticing and ‘ooh la la’ worthy experience." Thank you for the review Sophie Ritchie, Editor The Wordrobe
Thank you to Annabel Rooney for her review on Cafe Forty One in Societe Magazine Online
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MOTHERING MONTH OF MARCH
Every day in March is Mother's Day at Cafe Forty One.
We will be giving each Mum a delicious gift of Pecan and Milk Chocolate Cookies from Chef during March when you treat her to a delicious vegan French Patisserie Afternoon Tea and a glass of non alcoholic pink fizz. If the weather is spring-like and sunny you will be able to sit out on our private Terrace and watch the world go by.
Please mention 'Mothering Month of March' when you make your reservation and introduce us on arrival.
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Refreshing Blood Orange, Elderflower & Lemon or Passion Fruit & Almond - and Afternoon Tea - what could be more romantic!
ALL THINGS VALENTINE
Romantic ideas for dates in London this February - pop the question underwater at SEA LIFE Aquarium, whisper I love you in the Whispering Gallery at St Pauls, book Cupid's Capsule on the London Eye or snuggle up in the front row double bed at The Electric Cinema in Potobello Road - read more...
Why take part in Veganuary? Well, why not!
Save 25% on a 2 nights stay, 2 course Lunch and Afternoon Tea
There are so many reasons people decide to try vegan. For most, a love of animals is the catalyst. Some people want to feel better about themselves and the impact they make on the world. Others would like to set themselves a challenge, and many combine Veganuary with their ‘New Year’s Resolutions’ and see trying vegan as the healthiest start to the year. So try vegan for a month and discover a whole new world of taste and flavour. We guarantee that, by the end of the month, you’ll feel fantastic! https://veganuary.com/
Celebrate Veganuary at La Suite West and Cafe Forty One with Veganuary Offers
All our guests are welocme to take advantage of 25% of Lunch and Afternoon Tea during January.
The La Suite West Veganuary Culinary Experience includes a 2 night stay at La Suite West Hotel in a Superior Double room or Junior Suite (subject to availability), ‘Early Vegan’ Continental Breakfast and 25% off 2 course Lunch and Afternoon Tea when purchased separately.
Offers valid from 1st January until 31st January 2019.
Chef's delicious mocktail - Blood Orange, Lemon and Elderflower - all dressed up for Christmas!
THE FESTIVE SEASON COMES TO CAFE FORTY ONE
We launched our Festive Vegan Menu to the press and bloggers this week - just sharing a few comments...
"Cannot reccomend this place highly enough. Delicious food at such an amazing venue... officially festive... our first gingerbread latte of the year..." @plantbasedpiglet
"... I did rather well at the #vegantreats #taster at #cafe41..." @1stclassdarling
"Tea at Café Forty One... is beginning to look like Xmas" @bestbitsworldwide
Thank you.. there will be more
WORLD VEGAN DAY 1 NOVEMBER 2018 #WorldVeganMonth
We celebrated World Vegan Day on 1 November and continue to support World Vegan Month with a Lunch Offer. We are not the only ones... The Daily Telegraph and The Luxury Restaurant Guide mentioned Cafe Forty One in articles yesterday - 1 November. To read more please click on the links in the titles.
Going Vegan, feast or famine for World Vegan Day - The Luxury Restaurant Guide - We make special mention for Cafe Forty One – London’s only vegan French patisserie which offers a unique vegan dining experience showcasing delicious and inspired vegan cuisine that defies the stereotyping around plant-based food.
Take advantage of our World Vegan Month Lunch Offer - a choice of one main course and one dessert for £15.75.
Available until 30 November 2018.
CAFE FORTY ONE VEGAN AFTERNOON TEA RATED THE BEST IN LONDON
The vegan revolution has completely captured Londoners and more and more plant-based restaurants, pubs and cafes are flourishing in every part of the city. Stylist.co.uk rated Café Forty One the best Vegan Afternoon Tea in London in Alessia Armenise’s guide to the must-try plant-based restaurants in London.
Alessia Armenise is picture editor of Stylist and Stylist.co.uk. In her free time you'll find her tasting vegan street food around east London and sharing her (many) opinions on London Fields Radio.
Read her recommendations here https://bit.ly/2OZBul7
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NEW AUTUMN MENU
We launched our new Autumn Menu last week. The Team at the hotel tasted and tested the menu for our guests last Thursday. Some of the favourites have stayed for example the Mushroom Bourguignon Pie & Mash and Chef has introduced exciting new dishes made from the best ingredients of the season. One of Head Chef Clarisse Flon’s signature dishes is 'Alpine Ravioles with fresh slaw, sundried tomatoes and a smoky glaze'. Ravioles are a speciality from the French alps where she grew up. Usually made with Tome, a hard cheese from cow’s milk, Clarisse has developed a vegan version with the great vegan cheese provided by our amazing supplier IAMNUTOK. Join us and let us know your favourites. Read the full menu here.
THE TIMES SATURDAY 20 JULY 2018
Head chef Clarisse Flon tells John Turnbull why she wants to revolutionise French cooking
We are so excited that Head Chef Clarisse was featured in the Weekend supplement of The Times - Page 7 of the Body + Soul section, ''How the French go vegan: beefless bourgignon, chickpea meringues'. We would like to thank Tony Turnbull for his article on why Clarisse wants to revolutionise French cooking.
CAFE FORTY ONE AT LA SUITE WEST OPENS
We welcome Head Chef Clarisse Flon to La Suite West Hotel. Her speciality is French Pâtisserie which enables us to boast our position in the London restaurant scene as the 'only' vegan French Pâtisserie in London! Menus are inspired by her travels and multicultural London, Clarisse loves a twist on a good classic to show that there’s nothing to lose and everything to gain from veganism. Eating at Cafe Forty One is now 'not just vegan food, it’s delicious food."
Happy dining, Sue
PICNICS IN HYDE PARK
Just a few steps away from London's iconic Royal Hyde Park, our guests are able to take Café Forty One picnic hampers filled with summer delicacies to enjoy in the park for picnics or summer events. British Summer Time in The Park and Proms in the Park - ask or email us at reception for full information.