“Brunch, salads, coffee; piatti freddi, piatti caldi; aperitivi, birre, café, dolci.” So reads the white typeface on the black façade of this friendly corner café and restaurant on Redchurch Street.
From morning to evening, this popular Shoreditch stop-in serves pan-Mediterranean meals made from locally sourced ingredients. In winter, the tiny interior – complete with black-and-white floor tiles – is a cosy refuge. In summer, the French windows are flung open, with tables and chairs spilling out onto the street.
Pranzo (lunch) is from 12.00 until 15.30. Colourful salads are on show for all to see, cold options include an Italian ploughman’s (think prosciutto and spicy salami instead of ham) and hot dishes range from butternut squash-and-sage gnocci to a chicken burger with sunblush-tomato pesto, basil mayo, rocket, mozzarella and fries. Here, breakfast also extends into lunch: eggs come scrambled and served with the likes of bacon and fontina, while French toast (a personal favourite) is topped with banana, blueberries and a generous glug of maple syrup.
Franze and Evans prides itself on its Italian Musetti coffee and what better way to top off your lunch (or breakfast) than with a shot of espresso and something sweet? We’d recommend the lemon-courgette sponge and New York mascarpone-and-ricotta cheesecake.
Franze & Evans, 101 Redchurch Street, London, E2 7DL.
Photo: Simone Sapienza.