SquareMeal Review of Cafe Sou at The Ned
Part of sprawling City hotel and dining complex The Ned, Café Sou is a traditional Parisian-inspired café that specialises in classic French dishes.
In keeping with The Ned’s 1930’s aesthetic, the intimate space features marbled tiles that match the emerald columns dotted around the floor, and long communal tables with vintage-style stools. Unlike its stablemates Cecconi’s and Millie’s Lounge, Café Sou is geared towards the lunchtime crowd, serving a short menu featuring the likes of cooked-to-order omelettes, quiches and salads.
From the counter, we ordered a whole baguette (half and quarter portions are also available) stuffed with cold-cuts of chicken, smooth avocado and fresh spinach. A rainbow salad featuring carottes rapées, poppy seed and orange mayonnaise made for a suitable side, while colourful cold-press cleansing juices court the Instagram crowd.
Amongst stiff competition in the City, Café Sou is a good shout for a quick lunch in glamorous surrounds. Haven’t got the time to wait? Takeaway is available too.
About Cafe Sou at The Ned
Without doubt the most casual outlet in The Ned’s sprawling ground floor of cafes, restaurants and bars, Café Sou is a Parisian-style operation that serves quick and easy breakfast and lunch dishes, followed by sharing charcuterie boards in the evening. The café is tucked away in a corner of The Ned’s upmarket food hall, with the space featuring an open kitchen, a cluster of tables and a to-go counter for anyone who is short on time.
At breakfast, you can come here to start your day with dishes such as a three-egg omelette that can be cooked with cured ham, smoked salmon or chicken breast, while there is a selection of sweet and savoury pastries to choose from too, including a pain au chocolat and a cheese and ham croissant. A variety of teas and coffees are on hand to wash it all down, while there is also fresh OJ and a range of organic cold-pressed juices.
During lunch hours, Café Sou tempts in City workers with a concise menu of three-egg omelettes, soup of the day and homemade quiches. You can also chow down on a French baguette, with the selection of fillings including chicken, avocado and spinach, or smoked salmon with crème fraiche and red onion. If you have a sweet tooth, we recommend stopping by the counter to try a cake tart or choux bun, which change on a daily basis.
During the evening, Café Sou is not the place to come for a proper sit-down dinner or hearty meal. Instead, it is better suited to relaxed evening, having a chat over glasses of wine and charcuterie boards. The boards available include a cheese selection, crudites and dips or charcuterie and rilettes. You can also bookend your meal with starting snacks such as frites with mayonnaise followed by a slice of fruit tart for dessert.