We’re blessed with lots of great independent coffee shops in Leicester, serving up quality drinks in cosy surroundings. One of the newest additions to the scene is Koffee Klubb in Welford Road which launched in April.
As well as serving excellent coffee, using beans from St Martin's Coffee Roasters and milk from Kingarth Dairy, it is aiming to offer something a little different from other local coffee shops when it comes to the food menu. The owners - sisters Sharlene and Kourtni Taylor - are drawing on their Caribbean heritage to provide a food menu that combines influences from both England and the Caribbean.
So you can have a traditional bacon cob or you can try something a little more exotic - like a jerk chicken sandwich. I’d already been to the coffee shop when it originally opened and treated myself to a cappuccino, but I was keen to head back with an empty stomach and try some of the food. So, one lunchtime I headed over to take on 'The Beast'.
The name may sound fearsome but the menu description had me hooked. It is described as an authentic Caribbean jerk chicken sandwich with freshly baked coco bread, homemade coleslaw, fried plantain and habanero cheese (£8.50).
Other lunchtime treats include The Mini Beast, The Roti and The Veggie, and there are breakfast items such as smashed avocado, Caribbean Clubb and English cob.
I was slightly concerned The Beast may be a bit too big when I was asked ‘you are feeling hungry, aren’t you?’ while ordering. I replied with a confident 'yes', as it was a good few hours since I'd had my Weetabix.
I took a seat in the window and sipped on my iced latte (the first one of the year, in celebration of the warmer temperatures and the blue sky I was looking at) and within about 10 minutes The Beast appeared in front of me.
It looked a good size but not so big that I couldn’t manage it - well so I reckoned. The fluffy-looking coco bread was filled to the brim and I eagerly took a bite - well, after I’d cut it with a knife and fork, as it was a bit too large to pick up.
Mmm, it was good. The chunks of lean chicken were coated in a delicious mix of spices and served with pieces of sweet rich plantain and melted habanero cheese. I loved the kick of the chilli in the cheese together with the spices on the chicken. For me, it offered just the right level of heat.
The handmade coleslaw added a creaminess and the bread was enjoyable too. This was my first time eating coco bread and I really liked the sweetness from the coconut milk and the light fluffy texture.
I ate as much as I could of The Beast and enjoyed every mouthful but I was defeated by the last bit. It was a super sandwich, and I reckon I’ve now got a new favourite filling!
Koffee Klubb is a great little spot with friendly service and lovely surroundings, which also serve as a showcase for other local businesses, with paintings by artist 'MT' and crochet items by 'Shop Moo Shoo.'
I acknowledge that £8.50 is quite a lot to pay for a lunchtime sandwich but The Beast would certainly see you through until your evening meal!
Our rating: 4/5
Food hygiene rating: Awaiting inspection
The coffee shop did not know we would be paying a review visit and we paid for our food and drink.