Exterior

Exterior

Where the Exchange Café used to be, D’Espresso Bistro has just opened bringing back an Italian influence to a café that was Santi’s Bistro, not so long ago.

The set-up is much the same as before with a smart, split level space offering plenty of room for sit-in customers, but with speedy counter service for those popping in for takeaway treats. I was in the latter camp, today.

Bacon roll

Bacon roll

I ordered a bacon roll and an espresso. The espresso, by Kimbo, was a perfectly decent rendition, in the Italian roast style.

The counter people were all wonderfully friendly and seemed delighted to be starting out on their journey with the café, which was in just its second day of trading.

Coffee

Coffee

The fresh morning roll was stuffed to bursting with thick-cut bacon. The fat could have used a little crisping, but otherwise this was tasty and profuse stuff.

So overall, I enjoyed my visit to D’Espresso Bistro. The place remains pleasingly good, as with previous incarnations. The challenge is to build a loyal enough audience from the abundant nearby office crowd. I think they have every chance to do so, as from what I sampled they’re doing good work.

Scores
Blythe scores D’Espresso Bistro
3.5/5 for food
3/5 for presentation
3.5/5 for service
3.5/5 for setting
giving an overall 13.5/20

I ate: bacon roll

I drank: espresso

I wore: short black coat

Total bill: £3.70

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Written by BKR