"What St Christopher’s Place has needed for a long time"Review Rating: Reviewed by Laurel
London’s no stranger to an Instagram-friendly, with perfectly pastel establishments draped in flowers popping up all over town in the last couple of years. This summer however has been the turn of St Christopher’s Place. The hidden trove of cobbled streets between Oxford Street and Marylebone has been overdue an upgrade when it comes to its dining establishments, the likes of La Tasca and Cote Brasserie hanging on in there for far too long. We’re pleased to report the former has been sent on its merry way, to be replaced with a shiny new Harry’s Bar this Autumn, while the latter disappeared at the end of last year to make way for Alan Yau’s latest establishment. So far the facelift is looking good.
The area has however still been craving a picture-perfect bakery come café - the likes of Palm Vaults, Saint Aymes or the (drastically overhyped) Elan Café (which looks good but failed to deliver on taste). Step forward Feya, the brainchild of lifelong baker and Tante Marie graduate Zahra Khan and recipe artist Virpi Mikonnen, a best-selling cookbook author, food stylist & photographer and avid health blogger. The result is a menu of delicate patisserie choices alongside health breakfast options, served within an Insta-fabulous setting dripping with marble, pink velvet, gold accents and a striking central white cherry blossom tea begging to be photographed.
First and foremost, everything on the menu is extremely pretty. A lot of time undoubtedly goes into the presentation of each dish, which is understandably is reflected in the price. It’s not the cheapest place to stop in for breakfast, but what’s money if you’re doing it for the ‘gram? The pancakes were beautifully presented with their pink whipped cream flowers, pitaya powder, peanut butter, maple syrup drizzle, blueberries and little flower shaped banana coins, though at £9.50 one would really have expected them to be freshly made rather than quite obviously shop-bought supermarket scotch pancakes that cost 89p a packet…
A plate of toast resplendent with avocado roses, on a bed of beetroot hummous and finished with an edible flower was actually very tasty, and they certainly didn’t skimp on the avocado, while the two coloured smoothie bowl, with pineapple, banana, spirulina and pitaya, coconut milk, granola, banana and mango flowers was both delicious and filling, certainly something I’d try again, though with a takeaway option I do wonder whether it would survive transportation at all or just end up looking like a smushed up pot of pink and blue unicorn vomit. Who knows.
The drinks are equally as pretty and hipster, with the option to pimp your usual latte for a gold turmeric, emerald matcha, aqua algae or ruby beetroot option, the latter of which was surprisingly tasty, slightly sweet and earthy and delightfully pink. My friend’s cornflower blue ‘mermaid smoothie’, with banana, dragon fruit, zucchini, collagen and blue spirulina was a tasty combination, but felt as though slightly too much powder made it a tad cloying.
With an utterly irresistible-looking patisserie counter, this is certainly somewhere to come back to for an afternoon tea and cake. It may not be cheap, but for the most part Feya delivers on taste where some rivals fail. Such a perfectly pretty hotspot is what St Christopher’s Place has needed for a long time and there’s something to be said for the fact that every time I’ve been past since it’s been buzzing.
Laurel reviewed Feya Café on Mon 06 Aug 2018