Scarlett Green

Your Banana Needs You. One of the two deckchairs outside Scarlett Green in Soho.Regular readers will know that I’ve been following the rise of London-based/Aussie-inspired mini-chain Daisy Green ever since it opened a branch next to my office in Sheldon Square, Paddington. Since then, Daisy Green has grown rapid, first through its Beany Green coffee shops, and then through restaurants, such as Timmy Green in Victoria and Darcie & May Green, the narrow boats tied up outside Paddington Station.

Scarlett Green is the latest addition to the family, which now numbers nine coffee shops and restaurants. It follows in the footsteps of Timmy Green, offering full table service for food (breakfast, lunch and dinner), plus wine and cocktails, while still remaining true to its coffee roots, serving a house-blend from long-time partners, The Roasting Party.

Scarlett Green is the biggest yet, occupying the ground floor and basement of a tall, narrow building on Noel Street, in the heart of Soho. Open from 07:00 to midnight, it’s there for your morning coffee and a late-night cocktail, plus everything in between. The décor, as ever, is by the talented Shuby Art, another long-time partner and collaborator. As well as the usual bananas, you can also find a large, pink teddy bear enjoying Bondi Beach.

You can read more of my thoughts after the gallery.

  • Right in the heart of Soho, on Noel Street, is Scarlett Green.
  • There's a solitary table and the trademark 'Your Banana Needs You' deckchairs outside.
  • Inside the double doors on the right, a sofa & DJ deck have a prime spot in the window.
  • Meanwhile, there's a four-person table in the window on the left.
  • This is in front of the coffee end of the counter, so it's nice and secluded.
  • The table & counter on the left-hand side. The seating extends the length of the counter.
  • The remaining seating (at the front) runs down the middle and along the right-hand wall.
  • After a sofa, the central row consists of three four-person tables...
  • ... while the seating on the right-hand side is a mix of square (front) & oval (back) tables.
  • A view of the front part of Scarlett Green, looking towards the doors.
  • There's more seating at the back, starting with this alcove on the right.
  • The bench along the right-hand wall continues into the alcove with more square tables.
  • Right at the back, there are a pair of four-person booths.
  • There's another alcove in the middle of the back wall, with an L-shaped bench/tables.
  • There's one more table, a round, four-person table, between the two alcoves.
  • Both alcoves look out over an internal light well with some outdoor seating at the bottom.
  • But how to get there? These stairs in the back left-hand corner lead to the basement...
  • ... where you'll find lots more seating spreading out ahead of you.
  • The kitchen is also down in the basement, at the back, to the left of the stairs.
  • If you like watching chefs at work, you can sit here on one of the four bar chairs.
  • The basement has its own bar, including an espresso machine, on the left by the stairs.
  • There's more seating along the left-hand wall, including this L-shaped sofa and armchairs.
  • There's another sofa, with another pair of armchairs, in front of this.
  • There is more seating down the centre of the basement and on the right-hand wall.
  • There are two rows of square, four-person tables down the centre (seen from the front).
  • Meanwhile, on the right there are two booths at the front.
  • A panoramic view of the basement seating from the front-right corner (opposite the stairs).
  • There's one more seating area: this lovely alcove in the front wall on the left.
  • There's some lovely decoration, including these fan lights in the basement.
  • Art, as ever, is by Shuby Art. This is Candy Barr / Lone Ranger, again in the basement.
  • Meanwhile, upstairs, this fellow is having fun at Sydney's Bondi Beach, while...
  • ... taking a speed-boat tour of Sydney Harbour.
  • It seems a shame to come to Scarlett Green just for coffee, but you can.
  • The coffee, as ever, is by Winchester's The Roasting Party, with a bespoke house blend.
  • Naturally, I had to have an espresso.
  • Of course, there's more than just coffee. In fact, there's a whole drinks menu...
  • ... with pages and pages of drinks...
  • ... including a whole page of beer, gin & tonics and cocktails.
  • I was there for dinner with my friend Kate. She started with a guava bellini cocktail...
  • ... after which we ordered dinner...
  • ... beginning with a selection of starters.
  • I had the black cod, a very fine, flaky cod, smothered in a really interesting sauce...
  • ... with an extremely tasty salad on the side.
  • Kate, meanwhile, had a chateaubriand steak...
  • ... plus duck fat fries.
  • For dessert, Kate had my usual choice of the Melbourne Mars bar cheesecake...
  • ... while I had the Yogurt Pavlova for a change.
  • We rounded things off with a raspberry sour (Kate) and a classic gin & tonic (me).
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I could have easily missed Scarlett Green were it not for a pair of its trademark “Your Banana Needs You” deckchairs outside on the pavement on Noel Street. Compared to the majority of Beany/Daisy Greens, it has a modest exterior, although this hides a large, well-appointed interior, which, with the addition of a basement, harks backs to the original Daisy Green.

You enter via a central set of double-doors where you’ll be intercepted by the Maître d’ who has a podium to the right of the door, the first sign that you’re in a restaurant and not a coffee shop. There’s a DJ desk in the window to the right, while off to the left, a secluded four-person table occupies the other window. The counter, which doubles as a fully-stocked bar, runs down the left-hand wall, with the espresso machine at the front, followed by the alcohol, the bar itself lined comfortable, high bar chairs.

There’s a row of seats down the centre, starting with a sofa, followed by three four-person tables. Finally, in the front section, a padded bench runs along the right-hand wall, lined with seven two-person tables.

At the back, there are two alcoves, one to the right, the other in the centre at the back, both overlooking a light-well in the right-hand corner. The padded bench which runs along the right-hand wall turns the corner, extending into the right-hand alcove with a further three two-person tables, while at the far end, there are a pair of four-person booths. Other than the window-table at the front, these probably offer the most privacy upstairs. In contrast, the alcove at the back has a round, four-person table at the front, with an L-shaped bench along the left-hand and back walls, with alternating four-and two- person tables, seating twelve in all.

The stairs to the basement are in the far left-hand corner, where you’ll find plenty more seating, plus the kitchen. This is semi-open, running along the back wall, bar-seating at the front. The basement seating is more eclectic, with a collection of various round and square four-person tables, plus two booths against the right-hand wall. On the left, there’s a bar at the back, with sofas at the front before you reach a lovely, secluded alcove, with an n-shaped padded bench.

Scarlett Green has a standard, espresso-based coffee menu. I was there for dinner, but was early, so had an espresso to start with, a lovely, smooth, well-balanced coffee, the sort I’ve come to expect from The Roasting Party. My friend Kate arrived on time for dinner, ordering a guava bellini cocktail, which she really enjoyed (prosecco, guava and pink grapefruit).

For dinner, we started with the yogurt potato flatbread, Byron bhel puri salad and Halloumi fries, which we shared, the flat bread proving particularly tasty, as did the third Halloumi fries. For our mains, Kate had a chateaubriand steak plus duck fat fries, while I indulged in the black cod, a very fine, flaky cod, smothered in a really interesting sauce, with an extremely tasty salad on the side.

To round things off, Kate when for the Melbourne Mars bar cheesecake, one of my favourites, while I had the Pavlova for a change. Both were excellent, although since the cheesecake was the size of a cricket ball, I ended up with half of it. We rounded the evening off with a raspberry sour for Kate (gin, raspberries, lime and egg white) while I played it safe with a classic gin & tonic. It was an excellent meal, with Scarlett Green adding another dimension to the Beany Green stable.


December 2018: Scarlett Green was a runner-up for the 2018 Coffee Spot with the Best Basement Award.

4 NOEL STREET • LONDON • W1F 8GB
www.daisygreenfood.com +44 (0) 20 3653 2010
Monday 07:00 – 00:00 Roaster The Roasting Party (espresso only)
Tuesday 07:00 – 00:00 Seating Tables, Bar, Table (outside)
Wednesday 07:00 – 00:00 Food Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Cake
Thursday 07:00 – 00:00 Service Table
Friday 07:00 – 00:00 Cards Amex, Mastercard, Visa
Saturday 08:00 – 00:00 Wifi Free (with code)
Sunday 09:30 – 22:30 Power Yes.
Chain Local Visits 10th August 2018

You can also see what I made of all the other branches of Daisy/Beany Green that I’ve visited.

Disclaimer: Daisy Green launched a bond in 2015 to fund future expansion. I was an investor in this bond, although by the time I visited Scarlett Green, the bond had been repaid. Since my visit, I have become an investor in Daisy Green as part of a round of further investment funding. As an investor, my dinner was paid for by Daisy Green.

My decision to write about Scarlett Green was in no way influenced by my investment.


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