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REVIEW: Franzè & Evans, Shoreditch

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WHAT?  A very special cafe, bar and restaurant whipped into one, crushing Redchurch Street’s fierce competition with inventive booze, colourful brunch plates, freshly-made salads and a show-stopping cake selection. Oh, and the staff are wonderful, too.

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You’ll need a little extra time to pore over the Franzè & Evans brunch/lunch menu, a deluge of fresh options forcing you to choose between a light, healthy breakfast bowl or a warm, filling pasta that’ll see you through until dinner.

Of course, you could go back for your evening meal too – the likes of whole-roasted mackerel with fennel and harissa new potatoes definitely worth a return visit. We stopped by just shy of 12pm – the perfect time for a coffee followed by a cheeky Saturday cocktail. There’s an interesting beer and sprit menu (try the thyme and gin lemonade) plus a decent wine list and fun Prosecco mixes for brunch time.

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Lunch options include a short menu of Italian-influenced treats, such as a Ploughman’s with prosciutto, spicy salami, sour dough, frutta di mustarda, radishes, apple and artisan cheese, or a bubbling mushroom, truffle oil and parmesan risotto. Aubergine parmigiana and beef lasagne will fill the emptiest of bellies, but it’s the cakes you need to save room for.

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An on-site baker makes the *huge*, beautiful display from scratch, changing daily and always building up to a ‘Sunday showstopper’, GBBO-style. We tried a gorgeous banana loaf with salt caramel icing, and a mini Victoria sponge cake piled with fresh berries. A quick look at their Facebook and Instagram pages shows you the cakes you might’ve missed – a perfect excuse to return and try your luck for an Oreo crumble cake or gluten-free lemon yoghurt and pistachio mini loaf.

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WHERE: A second location has just opened in trendy mixed-use space The Bower – a new walkway tucked behind Shoreditch Grind boasting a throng of new shops and eateries (think Draft house, Bone Daddies, Honest Burger and more delicious, albeit gentrified, options). This venue is on busy Redchurch Street, right by Brick Lane.

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HOW MUCH: For breakfast, hearty porridge bowls start at £4.50 and climb to a decent £9.50 for the Franze & Evans Breakfast, comprising fried tuscan egg, sausage, bacon, tomato, mushroom, Italian style beans and sourdough. The lunch menu options hover around £9-10 and dinner options start from £7.50 for tapas-style plates up to about £14 for lasagnes, seafood pastas and bright, zingy salads.

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STAND-OUT  DISH: The Tuscan egg omelette with pesto, cotto ham, sun blush tomato and a slice of sourdough will cure most hangovers (as will two glasses of the pomegranate Prosecco, so we recommend both).

ADDRESS: 101 Redchurch Street, London, E2 7DL

WEBSITE: Franzeevans.coSign-Up To FashionBite’s Weekly News

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