Exmouth Market Grind — London, UK
Founded in 2011 by entrepreneur David Abrahamovitch and DJ Kaz James and inspired by Melbourne’s café culture, the original Shoreditch Grind became a hit for its long hours, killer cocktails and of course its coffee, roasted on site.
Five years down the line, there are now nine sites in all corners of London, including the latest, most visually pleasing of them all, taking up residence at Exmouth Market.
Fitted out by Melbourne-based architects Biasol, the 90-cover space uses the bar as a focal point, the airy interiors decked out with exposed brickwork, grey tiles and banquettes, low hanging orb lights, marble tabletops and flashes of powder pink, with a neon sign that reads ‘Don’t just stare at it, eat it’; perhaps a tongue-in-cheek warning to any budding Instagram stars who visit.
The offering at this latest outpost is more food-focused, thanks to the newly appointed group executive chef, Kyle Boyce, formerly of Soho House. All-day menus feature a breakfast burrito, an 8-hour lamb shank with spiced sweet potato, coriander raita and almonds and the popular Grind affogato with amaretto, as well as some more health-conscious dishes such as grilled octopus with fennel and grapefruit.