I stayed with a friend down the road last weekend and we had Sunday brunch / lunch there. My friend spends most of his free time there, writing, reading and enjoying himself.
We both had Croque Madame and it was delicious. I've had the same dish in a number of places but it included real bread, good ham and a fresh fried egg.
We also had some drinks, coffee for my friend and a soy hot chocolate for me. All freshly made and surprisingly inexpensive. The service was great and we were able to sit on the terrace / garden.
If you're in the area, pop in and enjoy the really good food and drinks!
I have a weekly appointment near this small café and I have to say that I'm always getting here early so that I can either have a coffee or a light lunch before said appointment.
I agree with Jooz P. that this is definitely a Yummy-Mummy hangout place, but I've learned to ignore the breastfeeding, the constant talk about babies and the shuffling of the chairs and tables to maneuver the buggies around.
This place does several things really well: they've made the place feel really welcome. Oftentimes the windows are steamed up from the cooking in the kitchen, which makes me always feel right at home. Also, I love their constantly changing menu, as well as the fact that they prepare everything fresh. In fact, the other day I was there at almost 2pm and most of the daily specials had been crossed off the board. This, in fact, is a good sign to me!
I really recommend this place to anyone who ever "dares" to come to this part of London! (The Harringey Green Lanes is just around the corner and I highly recommend a visit to the Turkish grocer called Yasar Halim.)
So, guided by the hype and because I was passing I thought I'd check this place. Nice decor with quite confusing layout or maybe I'm too old for experiments. There are two bars and a scattering of tables and even some outside space. It's nice but the coffee is just average. I think vagabonds coffee is far superior, coffee here seems a bit overpriced in comparison.
It's also full of buggies and babies so not really quiet. The music is bland going on annoying.
Super nice, helpful happy staff.
Filled to the brim with customers, we poke in to inquire how to skip out of this part of town after the rail had a system failure. We were all turned around and the super sweet barista asked someone in the kitchen if they could call us a cab to take us to the nearest underground station as we are tourists who have no idea where we are. They directed us to cross the bridge and knock on the car company door to summon a taxi. Easy as pie!
We were rushed and had no time to enjoy a tasty treat there, but it smelled great and if I was a local to that area or had had the time to spare, I would give it a try for certain.
Really excellent cafe that provides a welcome alternative when you fancy a change from the (excellent) Turkish/Cypriot cuisine that dominates the area.
Good to excellent food made with good quality ingredients, good coffee and great ambience. Lovely little garden for the summer too, though I wish they would ban smoking out there.
Personal favourites are the Croque Madame and the croissants. Prices are reasonable - not cheap but not outrageously expensive either.
If I have one complaint, it's how busy it sometimes gets due to its popularity, which makes it difficult to get a seat. Thankfully they do takeaway coffee and croissants, which almost compensates.
Very creative, high quality food. Simple, fresh ingredients cooked with love and served with a smile :)
This is a fantastic new cafe that's quickly become a huge asset to the area. The decor is lovely: really tasteful and calming, and there's a great little garden at the back. Keven, the owner, is really friendly and is clearly passionate about his new venture.
Even though I live on the other side of the tracks I'll take a walk over to cafe Moka when I can to sample the great coffee, generous sandwiches and pastries and soak up the laid-back vibe: there is free wifi too, so it's a great place to stop off if you're remote working.
Oh dear. The reviewers who gave this place five stars must have been especially lucky. My visit this weekend was unenjoyable. The staff have a real attitude, especially two of the waitresses, and the food isn't great quite salty and small portions and it takes ages to come out of the kitchen. Plus, my eggs came out tepid, so I sent them back to be warmed up, and they came back tepid again! To compensate, I got given a whole £2 off of my bill. You can imagine my delight.
In short, this is a horrible place that's up its own bottom. If you're in the area do yourself a favour and head to somewhere like Boulangerie Bon Matin or Hot Pepper Jelly instead.
Amazing decor, 'teleportation-back-to-scandanavia-circa-1970s-station' even Nokia lighting!! really tasty coffee and very tasty well thought out creative lunches. Welcoming and wifi, what more could a man want, oh yea a rustic sound system. i totally love this place.
Such a brilliant cafe in a slight void of good places. The owner cooks all the cakes, tarts, etc. every morning, and they're delicious. And it's really well decorated, making it a great place to grab a tasty bite, a good tea/coffee and just read the paper or meet a mate.
YES! Wightman road has just got a whole lot better! Really lovely cafe, great service and exceptionally tasty food.
Newly refurbished, this lovely local cafe is just by the Wightman Road side entrance to Harringay station. Started by Kevin with help from his mum and friendly cafe assistants, Moka is welcoming and New York-esque in it's design. It's a very tastefully completed renovation and houses lovingly restored, comfy retro furniture. With good breakfast choices as fresh muffins or pastries, and lunch selections of various healthy filled homemade tarts, pastas, freshly filled ciabattas, paninis or mixed salads to choose from. Homemade cakes of note are the lavender shortcake, choc brownies and cherry cookies all delicious! I recommend going at different times in the week and weekends to try out the different choices on offer and to soak up the different atmosphere which Moka already generates from busy weekday luncheons to chilled out weekend brunches. Seats inside are very comfy, but if the weather is good, treat yourself to a seat in the garden at the back. Tasteful design continues throughout including Moroccan style split doors leading to the garden tables and a beautiful herb garden just starting to take shape in fruit boxes. They are positioned wonderfully around the two tables and I encourage you to try the incredibly comfy wooden deckchairs you'll be resting your eyes in the sun within minutes! Look out as well for the soft, green blankets provided for those chillier days when it's still good to enjoy the outdoors, you'll feel truly looked after and pampered! Update: Moka now opens on Thurs and Fri evenings for wine and nibbles. Perfect way to end the week.
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