Sans Pere may look like the new kid on the Shoreditch block but it’s not so far from the former pie shop that stood on Great Eastern Street as you may think. Renovated by the son of its previous owner and founder of Stirling Ackroyd, the chic and aesthetically clean concept store not only offers a cafe and homeware shop but also interior design services. It’s a one-stop spot for everything you’ll need for your Scandi-inspired London pad, from handmade German crockery to coffee beans. Oh, and if you thought you were a stickler for aesthetic, you’ve got some competition. Sans Pere is all about those green and yellow tones – even down to their wares.
Bright and dressed in a deep green, the minimalist space boasts a selection of choux pastries created by pâtissier Jordan Duclaut who trained at the Bvlgari Hotel. This is arguably the highlight of the cafe. Try the praline or raspberry choux (£2), where the sugar-crusted puffs provide that satisfying crunch before a flood of aromatic cream. And it goes without saying that most places with subpar coffee won’t survive in East London and Sans Pere is safe from that threat.
The cafe’s food references that of Ottolenghi or the independent cafe Trade with hulking bowls of salads (£10), simple plates (£5-8) and open-faced sandwiches. Of particular note were the salmon and cream cheese bagel (£5) that was sandwiched in a buttery brioche and the prosciutto, goats cheese, honey and walnut tartine (£8), which had suitable depth and sparks of moreish sweetness. However, it seems that aside from their desserts (if more people knew about I could imagine a mini cult following alike to that of Maitre Choux) Sans Pere is not so much about the food than it is about the overall concept. I’m looking forward to seeing how the five week old establishment (at the time of writing) develops its menu.
84 Great Eastern St, London EC2A 3JL