Silhouette have moved to London Fields, a location that is a complete change from their stall in Chinatown, as they swap hustle and bustle for a quiet road in Hackney. Natural light floods their shop on Bayford Street and upon arrival you are welcomed by the combined aroma of fresh coffee and delicious home cooked Malaysian food. We had heard great things about this place and were excited to visit Lee & Syirin’s new venture.
We visited on a sunny Saturday afternoon and we were immediately impressed with the selection of coffee that was available, with beans from various roasters such as James Gourmet, Notes and Round Hill Roastery on display. We ordered a flat white each and perched ourselves by the window. The coffee was a single origin ‘Mpemba #44’ from Burundi roasted by Bath based Round Hill Roastery. The flat white was spot on, nicely poured and the espresso worked well with the milk.
"We visited on a sunny Saturday afternoon and we were immediately impressed with the selection of coffee that was available"
After flicking through the latest edition of Caffeine, which coincidentally happened to have a page dedicated to Lee himself, we moved on to a filter coffee. We chose the Ethiopian ‘Negosho’ from James Gourmet and Colombian ‘Geraldo Silva’ from Notes, both brewed by Kalita Wave. This brewing method is not seen frequently enough in coffee shops and while brewing Lee explained how the flat base makes a more even brew opposed to cone shaped filters. The coffee was served in neat glass bottles, both were enjoyable with the Ethiopian being the lighter and fruitier coffee whereas the Colombian had a more intense dark chocolate flavour. These were two contrasting coffees that were perfectly brewed, though the Ethiopian was the clear winner for us with it’s tea-like qualities and citrus acidity.
The interior of Silhouette was designed by Syrin who sourced a number of the vintage pieces of furniture, this retro styling making you feel like you are sat comfortably in your own living room. Their shop also acts as a showroom for the pieces of homeware that they have for sale, including the unique light fittings, mason jars and the quirky Sagaform cups that the filter coffees were served with. We couldn’t resist purchasing a couple of the cups which now sit happily on our coffee machine at home.
“the retro styling makes you feel like you are sat comfortably in your own living room”
The coffee is great, the food smells delicious (note to self: visit with an empty belly next time!) and Lee & Syrin are attentive and welcoming. Silhouette is a great addition to the London coffee scene and I am looking forward to it becoming one of our frequent haunts once we move to East London later this month.
Interested in brewing great coffee at home? Check out Silhouette’s home brewing class - tickets are selling fast!