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Palm Vaults: When you have your expectations

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So I’ve been hearing for few weeks already about this cafe called Palm Vaults – the super Instagrammable café in London. I’ve been waiting for my days off to take the journey to Hackney to find out what is it about this place. Actually, it wasn’t really journey as the place is near to us (King’s Cross) so I just took the overground (and made my HIT training in form of catching train) and walked a bit to the Mare street, 411. I would almost miss it! But then I spotted the retro / Miami relaxed styled sign “Palm “Vaults and went in. The girls behind the cashier were super nice and willing to explain me everything and do small substitutions for my drink.
Let’s talk about the main part everybody is interested in: The colorful coffee drinks, smoothies and food. I went for the Velvet latte – with powdered beetroot for its typical pink color. In original recipe the coffee is made with oat milk and agave syrup. I went for cashew milk and version without the syrup. And it was perfect. Really nice coffee with just tiny feeling of the beetroot  – but I believe if you go for the agave syrup added to it, you will barely feel it. Even I went for cashew milk, the foam on my latte was perfect (damn, how did they do it?)
I was also thinking about the Lavender latte but pink is my color – but the lavender, hm, next time for sure!

The interior inside is cute. Flowers and plants hanging everywhere, overall nice atmosphere. But I had the feeling that the space is missing something – not sure if they could decorate it a bit different way, use different chairs? In some moments I had a feeling I am sitting in a reception of little hotel somewhere at Miami, honestly. I just had the feeling that it needs something to lift up the amazing coffee, to be just itself!
Take a look also on the menu – I believe after your workout or long day at work, the smoothies there can really fill you up, without the feeling of guilty cheating on your meal plan. Same with their toasts or granola. I didn’t go for any of this, you know how picky (and sugar free) I am.
Also again, I had a feeling that pretty toasts with avocado and acai bowl has been somewhere… :)
Guys, am I too cruel? I just mean it the best possible and honest way. Once you’ll go there, let me know how did you feel!

February 18, 2017
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