Top Four “God You’re Such a Flake” Croissants in North London
Written by: Sophie Taylor
It’s National Croissant Day. Why? Why wouldn’t you put aside a day to celebrate butter and dough that not only can you eat upon waking, but you’ll also appear continental and suave in the process? With flakes gathering around your facial hair, yes. The key to a perfect croissant is laminating the dough like it’s Ross Geller’s celebrity freebie sex list. This process requires folding butter into the mixture, creating copious thin layers of butter and dough and forming that elusive flaky crust and rich body.
So where do you get your fix of the French delicacy? Whether you’re a Morrisons 4 for £1 type or a crescent roll connoisseur, you’ll find yourself in buttered heaven with our top six croissant suggestions in North London.
1. The Stuffed German One
The German Gymnasium in Kings Cross was indeed a gym in a former life, funded by the local German community and filled with glistening Mr Motivators back in the 1860s.
But now it’s all about fuelling your muscles not ripping them. From their viennoiserie selection, try a plain croissant with your plain filter coffee and glass of water. OR mix things up with their half and half creation: the half croissant and half brezel (German pretzel) is lovingly stuffed with dry cured crispy bacon, fried egg and coleslaw. Life is for living and chances are for taking. Take a well planned risk and change your breakfast choices for life. There’s also the German Power Breakfast if you’re in need of real post gym / bed sustenance, including Bavarian meatloaf, rosti, sauerkraut and that signature fried egg again. Brunch is served from 10am till 4pm on the weekend which is perfect for hungry, lazy hippos like me.
2. The Laidback Parisian-esque One
Newington Table has a wall of bread and pastries. Almost. They do have a rather large shelf dedicated to all their freshly made baked goods, tempting all those who enter with their heavenly smelling display. The sirens of the croissant world, if you will. Their simple, plain croissant is all you need thanks to their skilled bakers and the chilled Parisian ambience they’ve created at Newington Table. Plug your laptop in, order a latte and take in the views over Newington Green while you brush croissant flakes from your keyboard.
Read our review of breakfast at Newington Table for more breakfast-y jealousy.
Newington Table, 20 Newington Green N16 9PU 0208 617 1930
Breakfast available Monday – Sunday 8am – 5pm
3. The Chinese Sweet One
These aren’t technically croissants. At all. But they are delicious bakery treats to be eaten at breakfast and are too fabulous not to be on the list. Milky little buns are available on the breakfast menu at Islington’s nostalgic Chinese Laundry Room restaurant: buns, either deep fried and steamed, served with condensed milk and fermented tofu curd dip. YUM.
Order them with the Laundry Full breakfast complete with streaky bacon, pickled mushrooms and tea egg (soft boiled egg simmered in a lou sauce infused with Earl Grey).
The Chinese Laundry Room on Upper Street makes you feel like you know what their Grandma’s kitchen looked like so you no longer need fork out for a time machine trip to 1980’s Beijing. Breakfast is served 8am-11.30am through the week and 10am-4pm over the weekend.
4. The DIY Alternative One
Try this alternative twist on the French pastry and make your own. Local patisserie chef and food writer, Livvy Potts shares her recipe for scroll buns whilst divulging her history with the whole notion of breakfast.
“Think of it as a slightly rough around the edges English croissant” she types as I dribble on to my keyboard. At one point she describes rolling them with cheddar and smoked ham and I keeled over in a ravenous stupor. The ingredients are a list of items you will likely have hiding at the back of your cupboard anyway, so no need for a confused trip round Waitrose wondering where the heck the coconut flour and himalayan salt is.
*Warning* it may well be supper by the time you’ve finished salivating over her recipes. Particularly the recent melt in the middle chocolate pudding. Wow.
Need more than pastry for breakfast? Find more hearty brunch ideas in North London.
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