Part Deux of my coffee trawl – READ: blatant excuse to tour around London looking for good coffee and Gluten Free cake – takes place at the very lovely Flat Planet, off of Carnaby Street (and more importantly, a stone’s throw away from Liberty. Kill two birds with one stone and all that…)
Flat planet is actually owned and created by the founder of the chain ‘Leon’ so I always knew this was going to be a good’un. Leon – for anyone who hasn’t been there (you’re missing out FYI) – is marketed as a healthy, natural, ‘superfoody’ kind of restaurant and for me, being an awkward coeliac demanding a gluten free diet, it’s perfect. Nearly all items on the menu are GF including some incredible cakes Yep, now you see why I like it…
Anyway, cakes* aside, let’s take a closer look at Flat Planet.
*Disclaimer – this post will feature cake. (As will a lot of my posts) So if you’re hungry, or trying to be healthy, skip ahead 😉
The USP that brought Flat Planet to my attention in the first place is that the majority of their cakes, and a lot of their meals are Gluten free. As a fully fledged coeliac, as opposed to “wheat intolerant but I’ll risk a pizza as it’s worth it” – don’t get me started on this debate, people choosing to eat gluten free as a fad is what gives coeliacs a bad name as hypochondriacs – I find near impossible to go into a coffee shop and find a sweet treat that isn’t a brownie, so Flat Planet gets major boyfriend points for branching out a bit!
The cake that I went for was the Orange and Polenta cake, (also the biggest cake they had, go figure) and without sounding all “Oh em gee, it was the best thing everrrr” *said in extremely fake, High School Musical-esque voice* it seriously was the best cake I’ve ever eaten. It was extremely soft and light – which is a rarity for GF cakes – so fresh and tasty, without being too rich. I do not have enough adjectives in my vocabulary to describe this cake. I’m pretty sure I will dream about it for as long as I shall live…
As well as amazing cakes and really great coffee, what stood out for me also at Flat Planet, was the atmosphere. I like nothing more than to sit in a coffee shop, people watching #STALKER and this is perfect for just that. It’s a really calming, relaxing, friendly place… perfect for a shopping pit-stop/post meeting cake and coffee. Which is practically my life. And I am more than OK with that!