Back in 2017/2018, I was back home in Hong Kong and I stumbled across this lovely coffee shop called Omotesando Koffee (read my last post here). The coffee immediately impressed me and it’s definitely a standout Japanese coffee shop brand. When I heard that they are opening in London, you bet I was super keen to visit! The good thing is that the London shop is located at a very central location, just near Tottenham Court Road and actually just opposite the Malaysian restaurant, Laksamania.
Omotesando Koffee London: With Love from Japan
Omotesando Koffee started out in Tokyo, Japan. Despite having to close down for a short little stint back in 2015, its popularity has never slowed down. Shortly after reopening in Tokyo, they opened an international branch in Hong Kong, and now all the way in London as well. What made them stand out from all the other coffee shops is their emphasis on every meticulous detail for brewing the perfect cup of coffee. It’s all about the barista. Their setup is almost lab-like, with all staff wearing a lab coat and you’d find various flasks being used to make your coffee. They have an open coffee station where you watch every step of how their professional baristas make your drink.
Similar to the Hong Kong branch, Omotesando Koffee London follows an aesthetically pleasing minimalist style under a light wooden theme. The shop has a very bright and airy feel to it and offers a chilled vibe for your coffee break. The ordering counter is right at the entrance as you walk in. After you take your order, you take the coffee receipt and head to the open coffee station where the barista will make your coffee. There aren’t as many seating as the Hong Kong branch and more of a quick coffee spot to pop in and out.
The Food & Coffee: What We Ordered
Year of visit: 2019
This is currently Omotesando Koffee London’s only food item at the moment. The staff informed me that they will be launching more pastries in the near future so definitely keep an eye out on their socials! Anyway, a Kashi is a baked custard cube. It has a caramelised crisp on the outside, enclosing a soft and sweet custard with a slightly gooey texture. Small in size it may be, but it’s no doubt one perfect and satisfactory bite!
As for the coffee, the latte was incredibly smooth and velvety. Honestly, it’s almost better than I remembered! To top it off, it came with a very beautiful latte art too. Pictured also included a Matcha Latte and a Cold Brew that my friends ordered.
I have recommended Omotesando Koffee back then, and now that it’s in London, I would for sure recommend it again. If you are out and about near Tottenham Court Road, you must pop by this amazing coffee shop for a drink!
Nearest station: Tottenham Court Road