I’ve wanted to visit Flat White Kitchen since it opened back in October last year. Located on Saddler Street, next door to Bill’s and pretty close to Flat White cafe, this place looks impressive from the outset. Flat White cafe has been my number one place to get coffee in Durham, because they serve my favourite OCC coffee, so I was looking forward to seeing what the team had to offer, especially with chef Shaun Hurrell at the helm.
As we were visiting on a very sunny Sunday, I expected there to be a queue out the door, but we only had a few minute wait and were shown to our table upstairs. The guy who showed us to our table was lovely and chatty, he asked if we’d prefer a table with stools or chairs. We chose chairs. He also said to let him know if we had any questions about the menu.
Shortly after we’d been seated, our server arrived. She had to pop back twice before we were ready to order, forever indecisive! She was all smiles and happy to give us a few more minutes both times. Drinks wise we ordered two pots of English Breakfast tea (£2 each), a flat white (£2.50). At Flat White Kitchen they serve breakfast/brunch and lunch. We all know that breakfast food is my favourite, so unsurprisingly I chose the Avocado on Sourdough Toast, Chilli, Feta and Coriander (£6.95) and added bacon (£1.95). Ankush picked the BLT (£6.95) and my mother-in-law went with the Korean Fried Chicken sandwich (£7.95) The sandwiches were served with chipotle and red cabbage slaw.
The tea served was Ringtons and came in these gorgeous black cast iron teapots. The flat white was as delicious as expected, so smooth and yummy (honestly, SO good) but I wish it was bigger. I know a large flat white is inauthentic and they are meant to be small, I just wanted a bit more 🙂
I enjoyed my sourdough toast with avocado, especially with the kick from the chilli and the fragrant coriander. It could have done with a bit more feta, there wasn’t very much at all. I would probably go for Pancakes or the Lamb Kebab/Grilled Cheese sandwich next time. Ankush loved his BLT (and even ate the crusts, which is unheard of) and my mother-in-law really enjoyed her Korean Fried Chicken sandwich too, both of them said the slaw was great too.
As the sun was shining, we decided not to have dessert and get out into the bright sunshine instead (randomly, it started raining a bit, THANKS). I managed to take some photos of the place before we left, because it’s gorgeous. Lots of white, exposed brick walls, sturdy wooden tables and so many beautiful plants on the huge window sills. The light in this place is just perfect, it’s so bright.
Whilst all of the staff were super friendly and most were not phased by me taking photos, I did feel a little bit uncomfortable when I was taking some pics at the entrance. Could have been imagining it, but it was a tiny bit awks. I mentioned that I had checked earlier on with the guy who showed us to our table (I do this if I’m taking photos of the place vs. just of the food) and he said it was absolutely fine and to snap away. I added that I wasn’t taking photos of diners, because I think that was the concern. Understandable. Anyway, it didn’t detract from our visit.
Flat White Kitchen is a great little (actually not that little inside) addition to Durham, I really want to go back to sample more from the menu and drink more coffee. The sweet stuff at the counter looked so good, especially the rocky road and pear & ginger cake. Next time!
I’m sure lots of you have already visited, what did you think?