When we’re in the Soho area and looking for a nice teatime spot, one of the spots we gravitate towards is Amato on Old Compton Street. It’s a little less crowded than the slightly more famous Maison Bertaux but that doesn’t mean that their goodies are any less delicious!

Upon entering, you’re led to the back where there are a number of tables – it was almost empty when we went that day but it’s been chock-a-block at other times we’ve visited. You’ll be walking past a long display case of cakes and typical Viennoiserie and some Italian pastries too.

From the menu, we both chose iced tea to drink – just right to quench our thirsts. Hey, I just realised that I’ve been drinking a lot of iced tea this past year. Time to make some myself at home!

Iced Tea

To eat (for one must have a little nibble at teatime) I chose this decadent looking confection from the pastry display case.


The waiter called it a cannoli but it looked more like cannoncini, according to their website. Whatever it’s called, it’s a spirally cylinder of puff pastry filled with a crema pasticciera. Only it turned out not to be any old pastry cream – this was chocolate pastry cream! Oh, it was light, and yet not light, if you know what I mean!

Chocolate Creme Inside!

Until that trip, I had no idea that Amato also served meals; we saw two girls tucking into bowls of spaghetti, one of the daily specials. Definitely going to have to go back for that! Oh, and our tea for two (with the nibble) set us back about £8.

14 Old Compton Street
London W1D 4TH