We were in town for a conference we were hosting and guided by positive reviews from Yelp placed a large catering order for 3 meals with Franzè & Evans.
We could not have been happier with the food- we found it reasonably priced, healthy, fresh and delicious. Working with Kerry to come up with a menu that fit our goals was easy and enjoyable and the lunch we grabbed while in the shop to discuss the catering order was divine- quite possibly the best hamburger I've ever had.
If I lived in London this would be a weekly staple for lunch and coffee for me.
A bit expensive but very good. My only compliment is that the owner is rude. Try to avoid him.
Right.... so what's with this overpriced salad place everyone is raving about.
Their pastries/ desserts do look good (and perhaps affordable...) but to sit down and eat cous cous or roasted pepper for more than £7-- with the least generous portions, or paying £8 for pasta? Um, overpriced east london menu, no thank you.
But if you like east london and hipster vibe and emptying out your wallet, this place it is.
Though their coffee's not too bad. Just sayin'.
I was so excited to find this place and on entering my eyes nearly popped out of my head at the yummy deli style food. Looked so cosy too.
Unfortunately, the rest was down hill.
I've been here twice. The first time with a friend for a coffee. We were told to leave as we had only ordered two coffees each in an hour. When we looked a bit shocked that the aggressive nature, he told us " I'm trying to run a business here!"
The second time I got a takeaway lunch. I was shocked at how pricey it was for the portion I got!
The only reason Im giving it two stars at all is the food was actually quite nice.
All in all, overpriced,mediocre coffee and grumpy staff. For me, not worth it for a relaxing coffee/brunch. There are sooo many nicer places in Shoreditch where you will be greeted with a smile.
A swanky beef burger in a hipster part of town, though I don't know if Londoners use the term 'hipster'. Their take on the burger was a unique experience to this American tongue.
The atmosphere is eccentric and the menu eclectic. The service is adequate for what it is.
An amazing Italian place near Shoreditch High Street. Come here just for a coffee and cake, or for a burger or something healthier, maybe mix of three salads. Or, do as we did, have a little bit of everything - it was all amazing (especially the pistachio lemon cake!). They did get quite busy at 2pm on Sunday and we had to wait a bit but it was worth it. This has become my favourite place in Shoreditch and I'll be back often.
I stood in front of the salad case for a full five minutes, entranced by the colorful salads and meltedy lasagna on display. However the real treat was not only my scrumptious lunch but also the parade of people coming through for lunch or a coffee or to simple blow an air-kiss to the flamboyant Italian owner. In fact I think the entire staff my have been Italian or at least somewhat versant in the language.
At his suggestion I took the salmon quiche and salad combo, it was perfect. The quiche was fluffy and light and salmon was fresh and not overwhelming. The salad was this amazing crispy mix of kale, sweet snap peas, green beans and sesame spices, it was super fresh and gave me that boost of green one needs after too many monochromatic meals.
I spent a week exploring the East End and this stop was one of the hight lights...GO!
Franze & Evans is my favorite place for lunch in Shoreditch! Their salads are amazing! You'd never think salads can be this tasty and flavorful. I usually get a trio of the avocado&tomato, couscous and the quinoa salad. Also, its never too busy and I always find an empty spot which is def a plus when I need to get something quick. Lastly, they're great for take out so make sure you take a piece of their delicious lasagna for dinner on your way out!
The carrot and courgette cupcake with cream cheese icing here changed my life. This is not hyperbole.
The café itself is simple and unassuming.
But the cake. Oh, the homemade cake...
I would give up the love of a good man for one of these cakes. What this café does with a courgette can change a woman. Yup, that's right folks, at Franzè & Evans you'll get chocolate, almond and courgette cake as well as carrot and courgette cupcakes with a cream cheese topping.
I discovered this place totally by accident and to be honest, I'm frustrated that it's not a little secret I've discovered. It's well loved on Yelp, as it should be. This is a cute little café and deli which serves up a small selection of speciality foods and homemade treats. By the looks of it the cakes here are the main event, at least they were for me. They serve up breakfasts and seem to have a relaxed and friendly atmosphere with staff and regulars so it's a place I'd love to go back to.
Franzè & Evans is a breathe of fresh air, it's not a stuck up cake shop or pretentious coffee shop, it's what it is - a family run place that makes really good food.
In my other life, I fantasize about being a writer/professional student/small online business ower/independently wealthy land owner, or some other profession that allows me to work where I want, when I want. That time, I will promise you, will not be in the mornings.
In this fantasy position, not only will I sleep in until at least 8:45am, but I will leisurely get up, check emails, get ready for the day, then go have a coffee and a snack at Franze and Evans before heading elsewhere to get some work done. I will reap the full benefits of my stratospheric Shoreditch rent, by ACTUALLY living in Shoreditch, not just sleeping there, like I feel like I do currently. Similarly, I can work as late in the evenings as I need to... you know, the practical side of this wish.
These are the sorts of dreams sparked by my visit to Franze and Evans. We came in around 12:30 on a Sunday, but were able to be seated right away, even though it was quite full. Very good Italian coffee, charming rustic ambiance, and an impressive array of cakes, salads, and luncheon items.
Solid Almond croissant (there are better things to get next time though), but as Larissa G. stated so accurately: It is all about the cream cheese frosting. The courgette cake with cream cheese frosting was divine. So airy and light... the texture of whipped cream, but the flavour of a buttercream.
I'm writing this review over some reluctant pangs. I don't actually want you to know about Franze & Evans. Sorry.
F&E is a small place, and another good review on Yelp might mean less room for my Observer on the table next to me. Last year it was easy to get a table on Sunday mornings, but that's not the case these days, so my review embargo seems increasingly pointless.
Franze & Evans is ostensibly a deli. The blackboard in the window misdirects you with a chalked claim to the best coffee in Shoreditch (I don't disagree) and one entire wall is devoted to specialty foods to take home - though attempting to use their ingredients to replicate what they do is downright Quixotic. No, Franze & Evans is a restaurant, and the food is without equal in this part of town. Leave the cooking to them.
There's a tall, bespectacled gentleman there every time we visit who emits the aura of being the owner. He is genuinely charming and gregarious - whether he is Franze or Evans we haven't asked. The rest of the staff is generally pleasant and competent, though we've had a few americano orders appear at the table as cappuccinos.
The menu is printed on a single sheet of A4 paper and changes week to week and there are daily specials on the board behind the counter that you have to lean to peer around Franze (or Evans?) to see. There's a couple of stalwart items that never leave the top of the menu. One is "poached eggs with bacon or ham on an English muffin with hollandaise". Eggs Benedict, in other words. But what an eggs Benedict. The bacon is always perfectly cooked to give a textural balance to the perfectly soft eggs. The yolks that come out when you cut into those eggs are so golden that after you've had them once you'll look at any egg yolk you see outside of F&E with pity. Or suspicion.
I could go on about the eggs Benedict for another couple of paragraphs, but I won't. Just go to F&E and have them for yourself. And I'll try not to crowd you too much with my newspaper.
They increased coffee prices by 33.3% this weekend.
Not happy. Inflation is 3%.
On a particularly grey November morning, my boyfriend and I called in sick for the second day in a row and popped out for a spot of brunch. I asked Google for the top ten recommendations in the E2 area, and stumbled across this stunning review by Miss Brinda A from Brooklyn about the Franze & Evans cafe. We headed out into the cold. Expectations were high and to be quite honest, I should have known that nothing could live up to my childish level of excitement.
We arrived at what could only be described as a Brunch grotto. A 10 foot holly wreath had been winched up in the window like a crucifix, which as a Buddhist I found quite offensive, and the whole place smelt like pine needles. Again, not out of place in a grotto, but not what I was looking for for brunch.
I quite enjoyed watching the bustle of beautiful awkward people walking around Brick lane. The non-Christmassy decorations at Franze & Evans were also very beautiful including a collection of cactuses and a 1920's art deco house plant. Some might have found the chandeliers excessive, but I can't remember the last time I went somewhere that had one, so I'm seeing that as a plus.
When we went to order, to my horror, it transpired that the brunch menu was finished, so in a state of panic, I ordered lasagna while my fella went for a comically oversized beef burger with which was an absolute winner.
The tables and chairs at Franze & Evans have a rustic 'reclaimed wood' vibe which I loved, apart from the fact that the limited seating meant we had to sit with a Dandelion and burdock fizzy drink salesman and a member of staff on her break talking to her boyfriend about possibly using an outdated packet of contraception, in favor of using condoms, despite the fact that they make her feel suicidal.
My lasagna was disappointing. I stand by the fact that I ordered badly and despite being presented with a beautifully arranged buffet of salad, I chose the one thing on the menu that couldn't be seen and had to be microwaved. In an attempt to fill the empty void of disappointment I felt, I followed up with an orange and poppy seed cake which was rank, but again my partner in crime ordered an amazing pistachio cake, by which point, my food envy had taken control and meant we had to leave.
Aside from all of this, I did on several occasions gaze out of the window and mull over ways I could possibly maintain this lifestyle, having brunch after brunch, before remembering that we had in fact missed the brunch menu and I was just being fanciful. I did take a salad pot home with me for dinner, which was the best decision I had made that day. Avocado, chicken, nuts and all of the good leaves (no iceburg!)
To conclude, I think Miss Brinda A from Brooklyn's review did cause me to over anticipate how much I would enjoy eating at Franze & Evans and hopefully my review won't put you off going, but will manage expectations. Definitely hit the salad and I'm sure the brunch menu would have been great, if we hadn't missed it.
Best poached eggs. Really interesting and delicious breakfast/ lunch combinations. The cafe tastes really good, we were never able to try the cakes as the portions were big and really filling. The waitress were really friendly. Altogether, our new favorite cafe place.
Franzè & Evans is a little cafe on Redchurch St, located just minutes away from Brick Lane, which aims to serve up quality Italian home-cooked food. Alas, on the day I went, I wasn't hungry and opted for a simple skinny cappuccino, which turned out decent. The cafe also operates as a deli, with specialty Italian foodstuffs on sale.
I found the cafe a great place to chill out. It's nicely decorated, with a can of flowers on every table. The day I went, tulips were on display. It's also larger than most coffee shops in that more than five people can sit down at any one point in time. I also like that their opening hours are also pretty decent, as they open from 7 am to 7 pm every day.
Franzè & Evans is a delicatessen slash cafe that only recently opened on Redchurch Street in the heart of Shoreditch. With an emphasis on good quality food and coffee, Franzè & Evans was started by three friends with backgrounds in beauty, art and, er, law and is quite clearly a labour of love for those involved.
Stocking a good range of specialty foods - including my favourite Perugian Baci chocolates - and serving hearty Italian-style fare, Franzè & Evans is my new go-to place for great coffee on the go.
If you ask nicely enough this lovely little cafe's owners are more than happy to talk you through the provenance of their coffee beans or give advice on how to prepare food with ingredients bought from their deli.
A visit to Franzè & Evans is not only recommended but should make a thoroughly refreshing change to Shoreditch residents, some of whom must surely have tired of the slight dive-bar quality to many cafes in the area. Franzè & Evans not only know what they're doing but they do it with a charm sometimes lacking in this locale.
Went down to F&R the other day on my friends suggestion - she's friends with a girl who works here. I only say that because as they are friends they naturally had a bit of chat when we arrived, something along the lines of 'how are you'? Anyway it transpired that this girl was tired and she was very tired because it was 'market day'. I took this to be both a good and a bad thing. Good because I assume it meant I was lucky enough to be in on a day when everything had come in fresh from the market. However, I wonder, how often actually is market day? If she was especially tired because it was market day, market day can't be everyday. Are the other days, say, Tesco delivers day? Or perhaps, what we've got left in the fridge/larder days? Who knows.
Whatever. What matters is I had a really nice meal here. The quiche was very good, came with a nice free little salad and the drink selection was mostly organic, free trade and all that. My friend has loads of allergies and the staff made a quick sandwich up especially for her and I don't think it was just because they're mates. Nice people. Nice food. Nice time.
genius chef for unique and amazing tasting salads and entrees.
I am lucky enought to have to pass by on my way to work.
great coffees too.
Genius in our midst.
Don't quite understand how I only gave this 4 stars. Yeech. Silly child. Quite possibly my fave cafe in London now. I just love everything here, and I find myself actually WANTING the salads which is super rare for me.
The food is undeniably fresh and well cooked. The location is great for people watching. Overall, I enjoyed the vongole pasta and the really simple but delicious avocado salad. Total cost was around £18, which is a bit pricey. My only complaint is about the service - painfulllly slow. I waited 15+ minutes to get the dessert menu, which I then declined since I was getting impatient, then waited another 10+ for the bill. Only minus to the night.
Where I come from, Brunch is an Institution (see, I even spelled it with an upper case 'B' and 'I,' just to show you I mean business). Being that in London, it...well...isn't, I didn't think I'd be able to find a comparable, chic-but-friendly neighbourhood brunch spot, where I could enjoy an overpriced omelette and glass of OJ in style.
I was wrong! Franzè & Evans has been on my radar of places to go for a while now, as it is strategically located next to BrewDog (my favourite place on Earth) and thus always in my literal/figurative line of vision, and it almost always has a massive queue. And we all know queue = good stuff here.
So, one fine Sunday morning (and by 'fine,' I mean hopelessly miserable and grey), a friend visiting from NYC (the original and most vigilant Brunch Capital of the World) and I braved the queue and made it into Franzè & Evans. The best part was, we didn't even really have to wait in a queue -- one of the servers took my name and number, and gave me a ring when there was space for us to be seated. Meanwhile, we perused the wonders of Brick Lane market, a foolproof place to kill some time.
Once seated, we were approached quite promptly by a server who asked us for our orders. Since the brunch menu only has about 12-15 items, it didn't take too long to choose what we were getting -- for me, the French omelette with parmesan and rocket, and spinach added as an extra, and for my friend, the green omelette, with pesto, sun blush tomatoes, and rocket leaves as well (it usually comes with ham, too, but she asked for it to be omitted). We also ordered an Americano and an OJ, respectively.
While waiting for our food, I had a look around at the decorations, which were appropriately country-chic -- painted watering cans were used as vases for bright yellow flowers, wood hewn tables and chairs, white wooden paneling on the walls, and lots of bright lights that made the space cheery and comfortable. It also made me want to nestle and eat, so it was a good thing our food came out soon afterward.
Let me just say that while my omelette was fine (cooked quite well, and rather pretty to look at, to boot), I had MASSIVE food envy at my friend's dish. They put pesto in the egg mixture itself! It's not just a filling! My life has been changed forever! However, I was contented to just try a bite of hers for now, and know quite firmly that I'll order that same thing next time I come in. Plus, I wasn't charged for the extra spinach I asked for on my omelette, which was a nice change from being charged for even an extra poppy seed on a muffin in the BrunchLand of Los Angeles.
Also, the bevvies. They are usually a throwaway at brunch, used solely to wash down the heaps of eggs, potatoes, and other, more important brunchy tems on your plate, unless they are of course bottomless mimosas, which I suppose are also a throwaway in a different sense (because you throw away as many as you can into your belly, har har). They were worth every penny at Franzè & Evans, however. My Americano was the greatest Americano I've probably ever had -- rich and deep in flavour, not too acidic, and not the odd burnt coffee powder water that I've gotten accustomed to drinking, thanks to Certain Establishments with green circular and red star logos. Ahem. My friend said her orange juice was comparably delicious, although it looked like it had some pulp and I don't jive that way (not my cup of juice, if you will...har har again). Anyway, they were really good and the hype by other reviewers is well justified.
Two things that made this a four-star rather than a five-star experience:
One, the dishes are served with what is advertised as 'sourdough bread.' Whatever I ate with my omelette today was NOT, in fact, sourdough bread. It was just a piece of crusty bread that maybe looked a bit like sourdough, but was not...well...sour (don't mess with a Californian on this, sozzle). Two, since it was really hectic this morning and there were a lot of customers (and not too many staff), service was unfortunately a bit spotty. We asked for glasses of water numerous times and didn't get them in the end, and I asked for tomato sauce and Tabasco twice and ended up having to steal them both from a nearby table.
Other than that, though, all good things here. I need to come back and try the illustrious courgette cake (they didn't have it today, sad times), more likely than not with a large, steaming cup of the nectar of the caffeine gods that they sell here.
Oh, also, I checked in on Yelp and got a deal for 5% off my next lunch bill here, which means that I'll get to try some of the delicious salads and other entrée dishes that they have freshly made and displayed near the register area. Yay.
I came here early on a Saturday morning and the display of pastries and salads was fabulous! My intent was to have a latte and a coffee, but I ended up having a wonderful salad at 9:30 on a Saturday morning instead! Coffee was great, too. Will definitely be revisiting this place.
Excelent food, amazing service, warm and cosy environment. The icing is indeed delicious but the asparugus risotto got me...
Good breakfast (although the scrambled eggs were frighteningly yellow). Nice, quiet atmosphere. The coffee wasn't that special. But if you're over that way, worth dropping in for breakfast, and then maybe across to Allpress for your flat white (had an espresso at Allpress, and wasn't impressed).
This Italian deli/cafe close to Brick Lane is a real treat. A friendly looking place with home-made style cooking. A fresh new concept to cheer up these worn out blocks.
The coffee is amazing and the service has always been more than kind. I have tried out the breakfast that they serve only during the weekends. Impressive. Also the deli selection beats the local super markets and it is a great place to get also ingredients for cooking at home.
Agree wholeheartedly with raistlyn, captured the essence perfectly. Can see PaulToba's point too, the service is not overly friendly and welcoming - it's just that the place is so nice - little bunches of fresh heather on the tables at the moment.
Should also confirm that the Americano was really good, very nice and strong and smooth with separate little jug of hot milk - excellent - and the price equivalent to a Nero Caffe.
Food not tried, but looked pretty good, good enough to eat. No roughnecks amongst clientèle, all nicely presented, washed and dressed with casual stylishness.
I like salad and cake. And here I can get both. A place that can both nail the fine art of spinach and chocolate deserves at least four stars in my book.
Franze and Evans is perfect - a casual, relaxed restaurant serving a variety of options for brunch. It's not easy to find a place in East London for brunch which isn't hectic and too expensive, but Franze and Evans is great. They serve good coffee, big breakfast dishes like eggs and smoked salmon, sandwiches, pasta and a choice of delicious salads. Of course they also do freshly baked cakes and brownies and they sell Italian meats and cheese from their fully stocked deli. It's great for a working breakfast or lunch, or for a long relaxed brunch with friends on the weekends. A definite must try.
A nice place for a relaxed weekend brunch. Good food, decent coffee and good location. Very busy though - so may be difficult to find a free place.
Amazing salads, tempting cakes, great home cooked food. Highy recommended.
Best coffee and salads this side of town, and the staff are usually very friendly. Portions can be a bit too small, the bread they use for sandwiches isn't of the highest order, and the staff, although friendly when they have a moment, are often too stressed to make the experience pleasurable. But it's all worth it if you love your coffee and salads as much as I do.
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