I lucked in whilst walking through Spitalfields one night. I wanted to grab something to eat after attending a seminar at the Truman Brewery offices of the media agency I used to work at – LBi. Not much open at 7 in the evening en route to Liverpool station apart from a whole plethora of foods I didn’t want to consider (first name fast – second name food).
I stumbled across GO, peeked in the window and saw that they served Monmouth Coffee – well that’s got to be good hasn’t it? It’s a sign (literally)!
I walked in faced with many sandwich/pizza options. Their main offering consisted of sandwiches or pizza, I opted for a pizza. Helpfully, all of the toppings were displayed within view of the customer so if you didn’t fancy one of their pre listed pizzas from their menu, you could design your own. As with many foods I’m not a particularly fussy person when it comes to pizza toppings. My absolute fave is Four Seasons. There’s something about having anchovies (which I LOVE), mushrooms and olives in the same dish. It works.
Despite the “fast food” tag, GO have the ability to be able to make their pizzas whilst you watch – pretty much. They top the biscuit base with your choice of toppings, put it in the mini oven and less than 5 mins later your pizza is ready for you.
During this time I had a chat with the dude that worked there about what’s hot and not (typical FoodieClaire inquisition). He told me that the Pizza Pavarotti was the most popular pizza on the menu followed by the Four Seasons (made a good choice there then) and that if the customer is ordering one of the full on gigantic sandwiches, they will opt for an Avocado or Super Club. Unsurprisingly most of their customers are male orientated. With so much bread on the premises I couldn’t really imagine that many women would be making regular daily trips for lunch (head says Atkins Atkins!!!).
I think it’s a little stroke of genius that they choose to open until 8pm. So many cafés and sandwich shops are wiping down beyond 3pm that they’ve captured the market of the “leaving work late and need a bite to eat that isn’t McDonalds or the dreaded Subway” aka me!
I chose to skip the coffee, after all I wanted to be able to sleep that evening!