We have previously reviewed Urban Angel and eat at the Forth Street branch regularly. Earlier this week saw my friend and I have lunch in the Hanover Street location and was even tempted to dine at one of their outside tables.
The Hanover Street branch serves the same delicious food as it’s sister branch, but somehow the atmosphere is never quite the same here. There is a lot of take away business from this branch and as you wait to be seated, it’s not always clear where the member of staff is going to appear from. Our waiter for lunch was a warm and friendly guy (with the most amazing set of dread locks) and gave us plenty of time to browse the delicious menu and pointed out the dishes of the day we could choose, which included a very temping duck-based dish.
We were offered a bottle of tap water to accompany our Fentiman’s lemonade and ginger beer choices. In the end, my dining partner choose the large portion of fish cakes, £10.90 whilst I choose the falafel sandwich with raita and chilli jam, £8.90.
The food really is faultless at Urban Angel and I have pretty much had everything on the menu over the years, but the falafel sandwich really is something else. The quality was equal to the food I ate on a recent trip to Jordan. famous for falafel and the chilli jam worked well to produce one amazing taste. The portion size was more than adequate and was overall a thoroughly satisfying course.
My friend enjoyed her fish cakes and couldn’t find fault with them either. Our waiter asked if we wanted to see the dessert menu and in unison, we replied that we did.
The chocolate pot was chosen by my friend and I opted for the chocolate brownie, which I have had before so knew I was in for a piece of heaven. My original choice of the pear and almond tart was not being offered the day we ate, despite it still appearing on the menu.
It was served warm and was indeed perfection on a plate. My only grind with this dish is the cost at £4.50. Urban Angel freshly bake all their sweet dishes, but for the portion size, I do feel it could be a pound or so cheaper which would probably attract more diners to choose this option. Ice cream is another £1 extra. £5.50 for a lunchtime dessert is expensive in my eyes.
My friend’s chocolate pot was served in a tea cup with cream on top and was gone all too soon.
A beautiful coffee and pot of green Jasmine tea concluded our lunch time meal and some 2 hours later we were finished. Urban Angel is not the cheapest option in town for lunch, but they now do a daily deal of a main course with a tea/coffee for around £7-8. The quality of food can not be criticised, but the prices of desserts need to be reviewed in my personal opinion.
Service is excellent, but I will be dining solely at the Forth Street branch from now on, there’s just a whole nicer vibe going on there.
Suitable for disabled ? The Hanover Street branch is down a set of stairs and over at Forth Street, there are a couple of steps up into the restaurant which would be manageable, but the bathrooms are downstairs.