The literal translation of ‘affogato’ is drowned. Fitting as the ‘Italian dessert’ translation is ‘a scoop of vanilla ice-cream topped with a shot of hot espresso’. If you’ve never tried it, I recommend you do so immediately. And that’s coming from a non-coffee drinker.
Nestled on the third floor of Fenwick is The Affogato Bar – the perfect place to enjoy this elegant Italian dessert. The open, Milanese coffee bar is small, chic and calm, surrounded by beautiful clothes I’ll never afford. On the menu is everything from coffees, freshly squeezed juices and Champagne, to light salads, cakes and, the star of the show, affogato.
We started with two glasses of Argeo Prosecco Brut NV (£7.50 per glass) and an H Forman & Sons Smoked Salmon Plate (£8.00) with delicious, herby cream cheese and fashionista sized toast. That, and a Palma Ham Platter (£10.00) with olives, grissini bread sticks, thick olive oil and buratta, my new favourite cheese.
You could taste quality in everything. The salmon was delightfully smoked, the buratta creamy and the ham soft and velvety. I was feeling satisfied, relaxed and smug – more fool those on the crowded streets below.
We finished with the bar’s crowning glory – two affogato at £5 each. The shot of espresso and ice-cream came with water on a long, white plate, cleverly positioned to catch any overspill, as I clumsily found out. We poured and ate, savouring each mouthful of hot/cold, sweet/sharp loveliness. A decadent end to our stylish lunch.
The Affogato Bar, Fenwick, 63 New Bond Street, W1S 1RQ