Sunday, 29 July 2012

Old Tree Bakery - Taiwanese style cafe

After 5 + City Pig’s Summary



Taiwanese cafe/bakery
£18 per person – main meal, a drink, cake and service
105 Golders Green, London NW11 8HR
Opening times

Monday to Saturday 8:30am -10:30pm; Sunday 8:30am-10pm
Eat in/Takeaway:
Eat-in and take-away
Recommended dishes & drinks
Cakes and Bakery dishes
Vegetarian dishes
Loyalty card

After 5 + City Pig’s analysis

Old Tree aims to bring Taiwanese - Chinese bakery, drinks, cakes and quick meals to Golders Green. When I found out that there was a new Chinese bakery outside of Chinatown I was delighted!

I had been waiting a long time for someone to open up locally. The Old Tree bakery can be a place to have a catch up with friends over Chinese style drinks and cakes/ buns or a place for a main meal. However, the main attraction and attention is placed on the bun selections, pretty cakes and bubble tea. I was in the area to catch up with a friend living very nearby for lunch.

I ordered the beef noodle soup while my friend ordered the eel bento box - more a Japanese dish than a true Taiwanese dish. On presentation, it didn't look as appetising as one would expect. The flavour of the soup stock lacked depth but the beef was tender. The dish is not executed as well as it could be but was fairly average. Similarly, the eel was too soft in the bento box.

Supposedly the bubble tea should be good but was disappointed in the lack of tea taste. At £3.60 a glass this is not worth it. The hazelnut mousse cake was better as it was smooth and light in texture as what you would find in Taipei. My friend tucked into the green tea cake and this also was delicious. I think the bakery and cakes are clearly worth trying but I won't be going back for the main meals and drinks.

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