It seems that every where you turn these days, there stands Ella Woodward. I’ve read 4 different interviews in 4 different publications in as many weeks. She’s certainly taking over the the cooking world by storm. I also follow her on Instagram where I heard about Mae Deli, her new establishment in Seymour Place, London.
My friend Nida is a fan of her smoothies so we thought we’d go check out the deli. It’s a great location, just behind Oxford Street/Marble Arch. We got there around 10:15 and it was busy the whole time we were there.
Nida ordered the Rocky Road bar, porridge and gluten free bread with almond nut butter. I too decided on the gluten free bread with almond butter and got a couple of the Orange sesame truffles to go. Unfortunately they were out of power balls and it was only 10:30am.
We got the porridge while still at the till and they said the toast would be brought to us but 10 minutes later we couldn’t even see it being made. A few minutes later one of the stuff came to check on what we ordered and said the toast was on its way.
I was slightly disappointed to realise it was on Rye bread. I was expecting it to be on normal looking bread but without the gluten. I also made the error of thinking Rye was gluten free and so I didn’t bother to take it back to the till. The combination of Rye and Almond Butter was very heavy and quite dry. It kept sticking to the roof of my mouth and I don’t think the Rye was toasted.
The Rocky Road was quite tasty, as were the Orange sesame truffles I bought. Sweetened with dates and no refined sugar, it felt good eating a “real” treat.
We sat upstairs on the bar stools but there’s a quaint dimly lit cafe style area downstairs.
I’d be intrigued to visit again for lunch but in terms of the breakfast, I can’t say it won me over! While I think it’s amazing what Ella has achieved at her age, I think there needs to be more focus at the deli. There were so many staff standing around but yet we got the wrong order and after quite a wait.
I would definitely pop in to get some of the Orange sesame truffles or The Rocky Road again. Hopefully next time they’ll have the power balls.
Have you been to Mae Deli? What did you think?