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Qahwa @ Bateel, Mayfair, London

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Qahwa @ Bateel, Mayfair, London

limster | Oct 24, 2011 03:27 PM

Qahwa is the apparently the ancient Arabic word for coffee. At Bateel, it's served from a tall and elegant coffee pot, the liquid sandy brown, and slightly dense almost starchy, arcing into a demitasse, sweetly flanked by dates (another Bateel attraction).

The woodsy earthy spice of cardamom, then mild sweetness, and then the mellow fruit (a mixture of ripe berries perhaps) from the coffee (sourced from Yemen, according to the menu), and some of its own earthy qualities in very gentle tones. The roast is exceedingly light, the beans subtle yet expressive, despite the cardamom. Not a bad deal at ~£4, considering the luxe environs (filter coffee at Monmouth goes for £2.35 sans the pair of luscious dates).

Any other places for good Arabic coffee?

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