For those who know me know that I love, love, love coffee. That being said, it’s pretty obvious that cafés are one of my favourite places to go. As a student, I usually make do with Starbucks or Tim Horton’s on a daily basis but let’s be real, that coffee is not really coffee. In Windsor ( my hometown), I’m well aware of all of the good coffee shops and their specialties. Since I haven’t done much exploring of London yet, I found it disheartening that I couldn’t find a good cup of coffee for a Saturday afternoon of reading or lunch with a friend. So, I decided that I would find a new coffee shop every Saturday in the London area and go test it out. This was kind of a New Year’s resolution so I’ll probably slack on it, but I did visit a shop this weekend and thought you guys would like to hear about it. The place that we went to was called Aroma Café, right on Richmond Street so it’s perfect if you don’t want to go too far.
The side entrance to Aroma Café through the Aroma Restaurant is absolutely gorgeous. There is a glass roof and lots of plants so the whole place has a really nice, outdoorsy feeling, which is hard to come by during these cold January weeks.
The moment you walk in, you pick up in the French feel of the place. Dimly lit, relying on the beautiful sunlight from the outside world, the shop itself is quite small. There’s a “broadcast” of Parisian streets from 2011 playing on the T.V. screen above the counter so you feel like you’re close to your dream vacation to Paris than you actually are. The barista behind the counter was busy making what looked like fresh croissants so we rang the little bell on the counter to get her attention. Recently I’d been craving something sweet so I ordered a small caramel macchiato from the blackboard menu. The list of options wasn’t exhaustive but it was pretty good, especially if you’re as indecisive as me.
These little sweets were just the cutest things ever.
There was a pie baking in the oven while we were there and the mixed smell of coffee and fresh pie gave the shop a few extra points in my book.
Certainly pleasing to the eye, the caramel macchiato had a generous layer of froth at the top, along with a swirl of caramel. Used to a bit of a stronger taste (thanks Starbucks…) I was a bit taken aback at first by the subtleness of the flavour. It wasn’t like fireworks went off when I sipped on the drink. It was more like a sly “hey, I’m here”. Upon reflection, I think I rather liked that.
They certainly are talented bakers at Aroma Café. While I didn’t get to try these beauties, they certainly made my mouth water.
My friend got a ham sandwich, which was the sandwich that they served that day, with some potatoes at the side. While I didn’t try the sandwich, the potatoes were a great combination of sweet and citrus flavours.
The atmosphere of the shop was pretty nice, but having gone with three other people, I would say we were a little short of space. I would recommend taking a smaller company for your visit. I was quite happy the service too; between baking and taking orders, the barista was crazy fast! All in all, I would give this shop a solid 8.5 out of 10. If you’re ever around Richmond and Oxford, do pay this shop a visit!
Wishing peace and good coffee to all of you,