IMG_3858A new dim sum café and shop has opened just off Clapham High Street. On Café serves an eclectic mix of dumplings, buns and other sharing plates, as well as French patisserie with an Oriental flavour.

Alongside the dim sum menu are more substantial offerings such as Kim Chi Rice and slow cooked soups. On the menu: Traditional faves like Har Gau and Siu Mai, to more unusual morsels, such as Salmon Thai Green Curry dumplings and Duck Shanghai Xiao Long Bao.

The patisserie menu, which offers items for both eat in and takeaway, has five signature collections divided into macarons, cake bars, eclairs, choux buns and tarts. Each one has a nod to owner Loretta Liu’s Asian heritage, incorporating ingredients such as lemon grass, Sakura (cherry blossom), Sencha and Black sesame.

The tiny (just 15 seat) café is open for coffee, afternoon tea, lunch and dinner, and also doubles as a cookery school, where students can learn to make patisserie items sold in the shop.

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