Polo Bar @ Bishopsgate

Argh, what an unpleasant noise! Someone is using a bandsaw, making horrendously loud sound in the courtyard. It reminds me the drill of dentist…
I woke up with yet another head full of cold this morning. While being assaulted by a torrent of sneezes every now and then, I contemplate my next move. Since Hubbie is still in NYC, I have to perform Mr.B’s morning duty. With the hair resembles a bird’s nest, am I gonna pull on a hoodie and pray for the best that I won’t bump into anyone I know?

Anyway I was out and about last Tuesday around Liverpool Station.
The time was nearly lunchtime and I was getting peckish. Around me was a wave after wave of city workers, striding to all directions at a brisk pace, apparently wanting to waste no time during their precious lunch break.
I stood at a pedestrian crossing, wishing if I knew where I was heading like they did. Then, I saw a sign of Polo Bar across the street…

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Even though I walked past this part of Bishopsgate countless times, I completely failed to notice this small eatery.
The patch the cafe opened its door to was probably the busiest part of the street, facing the main entrance of Liverpool Street Station. This mainline station was the terminus of two main lines: the West Anglia Main Line to Cambridge and the Great Eastern Main Line to Norwich. There were also local commuter services to parts of east London, Essex, and Hertfordshire. Plus, Liverpool Street was the terminus of the Stansted Express, a link to London Stansted Airport. The station was also a gateway to one of the most popular weekend markets in London, Spitalfields Market, therefore, the area was awash with ceaseless pedestrians 7 days a week.

I stuck my head in the cafe and asked a staff if any table was available for lunch…

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Even though the ground floor was full up, a friendly waitress ushered me to their basement dining area.
The shape of the cafe resembled an eel – oblong and narrow. Their decor was simple but warm & cozy…

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The brick wall was adorned with a family crest…

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The menu was mainly consisted of sandwiches and burgers…

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I opted for their salt beef sandwich with skinny latte.
Shortly afterward, my sandwich was brought to the table…

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It was rather shame that the  sandwich was not exactly what I had in mind.
The bread was not rye bread and the gherkin was mixed into the filling. Still, the sandwich itself was tasty and I was very hungry. So I polished off the plate in no time.

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The cafe is one of the very few independent eateries around the Bishopsgate area in where any available scraps of land are eagerly taken up by large chain stores and restaurants.
Even though their food doesn’t have much to rave about, a properly cooked food which is free from a cardboard & cling film packaging is available 24/7.  And I would happily recommend them to anyone who happen to be in the area with empty stomach. Long live Polo Bar…

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