Leila’s Shop

Em Londres encontrámos, graças à Bethany, uma embaixada perfeita para a Pastelaria Semi-Industrial Portuguesa.
Chama-se Leila’s Shop, é um café/mercearia com 3 mesas, um balcão e uma cozinha tudo na mesma sala, onde o pequeno-almoço vai à mesa na frigideira, o leite UCAL bebe-se com palhinha e onde ao domingo (e só ao domingo) há natas e bolos de arroz. A Leila é a dona e escolhe criteriosamente o que vende na sua loja: legumes locais, rábano polaco e chocolate francês. E claro, algumas pérolas de Portugal como água das pedras e os nossos dois mais famosos bolos.

Na manhã do último domingo de Outubro também estava a vender os livros das 100 cadeiras do Martino Gamper. Ele apareceu mesmo para um café na esplanada (está na fotografia a falar ao telemóvel, na última foto “depois do salto”), e depois de conversarmos com ele comprámos o livro.

A Leila sabe que livros e bolos têm tudo a ver.
Fica na Calvert Avenue, mesmo a chegar a Arnold Circus, em Shoreditch.

A irmã da Leila, a Alix (que nos explicou as ligações da família a Portugal), fez um post no blog dela sobre a loja após a nossa visita.

In London we found, thanks to Bethany, a perfect embassy for Semi-Industrial Portuguese Confectionery.
It’s called Leila’s Shop, it’s a café/deli with 3 tables, a counter and a kitchen all in the same room, where breakfast arrives to the table in the pan, UCAL milk is dunk with a straw and where on Sundays (and only on Sundays) there’s natas and bolos de arroz (rice cakes). Leila is the owner and she chooses carefully what she sells in her shop: local vegetables, Polish horseradish and French chocolate. And naturally, some Portuguese pearls like água das pedras (the best carbonated water in the world) and our two most famous cakes.

On the morning of the last Sunday of October it was also selling Martino Gamper’s 100 chair books. He even popped in for a coffee (he’s talking on the phone in the last photo “after the jump”), and after having a chat with him we bought the book.

Leila knows books and cakes are a perfect match.
It’s on Calvert Avenue, close to Arnold Circus, in Shoreditch.

Leila’s sister, Alix (who explained us the family’s connections to Portugal), wrote a post on her blog about the shop after our visit.

5 Replies to “Leila’s Shop”

  1. I’ve visited you’re website before (through Rosa) and think what you are doing is wonderful. How nice that you’ve discovered my sister’s shop. Like minded lovely people unite!

  2. Just to add a note about pasteis de nata in London…generally I recken they are really good, better even than your average in Portugal! because here there are a limited number of Portuguese bakeries, that all bake and deliver daily, where as your cafe-on-the corner in Portugal have frozen versions, or industrialised deliveries. Where else are you visiting in London? * Boas viajens

  3. Hey Alix, that is quite not right – most of the places I have been to here in London had really bad quality pastel de nata – you can see that they were in the window for a while in most cases and are of a quality that people would definitely not buy in portugal… Not sure where you went in portugal but in most places I have been to in Lisbon downtown and cascais they were really good (appart from the ones in the fully franchised “cafes” in those horrendous shopping malls you have there).
    I’ll need to try the ones at your shop when I am in Shoreditch!

  4. JUST A QUICK NOTE NOT ALL. PASTEIS DE NADA IN UK ARE BAD. I DO HAVE AN ANSWER AS TO WHY SOME SHOPS MAY HAVE OLD LOOKING NATAS. AS TO NATAS IN PORTUGAL BEING WORST THAN IN LONDON NOT QUITE CORRECT. BUT THATS ONLY SOME VIEWS.

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