I’ve been to House of Koko in Chapel Allerton a few times now and am finally getting around to blogging about it. For those that haven’t been yet, let me introduce you to this wonderful café/tea shop/kinda-restaurant.
I don’t really know how to categorise the place really…they call themselves an independent tea shop, but they aren’t your average café. No siree, this place serves food on a much higher level than the mediocre sandwiches and muffins usually seen at a local caff.
Even before I’d first set foot in the place, my mouth was watering from a look at their menu. They offer platters, plates and paninis (ahh, I see what they did there…) all designed for those looking for a bit more of a foodie lunch.
I’m usually most attracted to the Plates. They have lots of lovely combos on sourdough…crushed avocado with chilies and pine nuts is my favourite…
They also offer smoked mackerel, sweet potato mash and feta…the list goes on. Heaven.
I can vouch for the paninis, J had a chicken and coriander pesto one and announced it was divine. I haven’t tried a meat or seafood platter yet, but they do look good.
What you won’t see until you get to House of Koko are the daily specials. These are often the jewels in their crown, they take great care to make sure the produce is seasonal and the dishes are always very tasty. I’ve had a gorgeous mackerel salad before…
…no nasty iceberg lettuce in sight. It wasn’t terribly filling (which on the positive side, leaves room for cake after!) but it was one of the best tasting salads I’ve ever eaten.
House of Koko do, being a tea shop, have a lovely selection of cakes and cookies to tempt you. The cookies are really lovely and the whoopie cakes are fab, especially paired with a hot chocolate, if you’re feeling extra decadent.
In terms of drinks, House of Koko offers hand-pulled Northstar coffee and a wide range of loose teas (offered with a handy timer to know when your brew has reached perfection). You can see the drinks menu here. The ambiance (I sound so posh in my head when I say that) is nice…very relaxed, a mish-mash of vintage-style seating…exposed brickwork…fab lighting (I would say that, they got the fabric cable from Dowsing & Reynolds!). Husband and wife team Chris Ball and Shanshan Zhu have really thought about lots of the detail and made the place a really lovely cosy place to have a bite to eat or chat with friends over a flat white.
(image taken from their website)
I’d definitely recommend visiting House of Koko for yourself and experiencing the food. Take your loved one, take your friends….take your mum. Just make sure you do go. They are on Harrogate Road in Chapel Allerton, just near the Post Office opposite Lidl.