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Electric Elephant is growing Dumbo wings!
Having popped in following reading a fabulous review from my fellow Yelper - thanks Jared F. Louisa, the honourable proprietress, welcomed me with a huge smile, warmth, general loveliness, and after I asked if I could take some photos for my review, (I was quick to pimp out my beloved Yelp and as a result got this exclusive!) Louisa was giddy with the prospect of the upcoming expansion - up and out baby (yea LBS)! Our little El El is growing up!
So people, you heard it here first, our resident Elephant is packing some heat and developing some lady lumps!
This charming, homely, friendly, trendy establishment boast on it's walls fabulous local artwork furnished by the neighbouring yard.
This little gem is simply beautiful sharing freshly prepared homemade cakes, soups, sandwiches and many others treats.
I can't wait to go back and sample some of Louisa's yummy cakes! Mmmmm.
If you got more homey feeling than this you'd just be in your own flat. Walk through the door and you are instantly 25% of the max occupancy population. This place is the Mugsy Boges of coffee shops (for you UK readers, he's worth a google) it may be small but it's powerful. My double cappuccino was made to perfect temp and delightfully dusted with chocolate. It was a standard amazing coffee.
But wait there's more!
That's right yelpersteins, you will also be greated and treated with amazing service and kindness. Basically this is the best all around coffee place in E and C.
I was not fortunate to be able to delve into their food menu, but that will soon be rectified upon my return in a couple of days.
Average quality place food was not that good. The croissant and muffins we had seemed stale although the coffee was good. Service was mediocre and the staff made effort for just a modest satisfaction which is not enough.
This is a lovely cafe to be found near the top of the Walworth road. Serving fresh soup every day, organic pastries & bread for sandwiches - good range of sandwich fillings, salads, homemade cakes & the famous Borough Market chocolate brownies. Really good (fairtrade organic) coffee. It also doubles as a gallery exhibiting work by Pullens Yards artists.
I've just had my lunch here today as I do about once a week and as usual, it was great fine fresh bread and ingredients, served with a smile. And the coffee is absolutley the best. I'm lucky to have this place on my doorstep its a regular stop off for me for a quick coffee or a breakfast at the weekend.
When I moved to the area just 8 months ago, I had no idea The Electric Elephant was here but in that time I'm pleased to have got to know the staff and owner (Louisa) a little and can fully appreciate what this place is trying to achieve.
Its an eclectic little place, in decor and style, where the food changes daily based on what's available, fresh and home-made and that is to be cherished and encouraged.
To those that have been here and been dissappointed thats a great shame sure, things can be a little crazy as the popularity of the place increases particularly when there is an open yard (pullensyards.co.uk ) and 1000 people come through the door ! (only happens twice a year but well worth a visit) but if there's an issue just talk to them whilst you're there ?! they'll sort it out.
In my opinion this place probably isn't perfect for everyone. If you want slick, uniform and polish, then you're probably better off elsewhere. However, if you're happy with great food, at reasonable prices, in a charming and querky unique place, with staff that have a personality, and want to help and talk its absolutley the place to be. Good service isn't rocket science (or even rocker science ?!) and I think the team in there go a long way to delivering consistently.
I would however encourage everyone in the area (and even those not) to try it if you're passing through. Or if you want to know exactly what you're getting with great haste and lower quality stick to Subway, and leave this little gem of a place to those that appreciate it.
I tried going to the Electrik Elephant when I first moved to Walworth road. I waited 20 mins whilst there only being 1 other customer. In the end I left as I was to hungry to wait. I thought to myself 2 weeks ago it's nice weather ill try again. I sat outside and the waitress came over after 15 mins (it was ok I was in no rush) there were only 2 other customers who ordered drinks. I received my English breakfast 35 mins after I ordered which was unacceptable. The food was ok but the Bacon felt like it was re heated/cooked to many times. I felt for £12 I got a lot of food on the plate but I don't think it was great quality. The lady that served me was friendly but the overall experience wasn't great unfortunately I won't go again!
The Electric Elephant has so much potential and is something Elephant and Castle is missing. However the service is horrific!!! The food is good, but the staff leave you wondering if it will ever be served. The manager seems more concerned with what's happening on her laptop than the level of customer service that's provided. Sort the customer service out!!!!
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