|Cafe Moka, Harringay N4|
|Cafe Moka, photo copyright Harringay online|
Cafe Moka is owned by Mauritian cook, Kevin Vanthem. The name has an interesting pedigree, being both a tribute to a town in Mauritius and a reference to Moka Bar, one of London's best-known espresso bars in the 1950s. Kevin runs the cafe, ably assisted by his mum and partner. It's only been open a few months, but A is already a regular and gets a warm greeting from Kevin as we walk in.
It's a lovely room - the exposed brick walls and Don Drapery 60s armchairs are stylish if nothing new, but there are individual, thoughtful touches too, like the shelf of books and toys, and a box of blankets for customers braving the early spring chill in Cafe Moka's small courtyard.
|Brownie with ginger, Cafe Moka Harringay|
A's big talk about the brownies meant I was duty bound to try them and report back to you, dear readers. Cafe Moka's brownie passed with two gold stars and a merit - dense, rich, fudgy in the centre and spiked with ginger. A slice of coffee and walnut cake, covered in slick frosting was equally delicious. Cafe Moka gets bonus points for stocking my favourite (and inexplicably hard to find) chocolate flake tea by Teapigs. Try it - it's malty, chocolatey and a bit amazing. The cafe does breakfasts and lunches too, and sells bread from a local artisan baker to take away.
|Coffee and walnut cake, Cafe Moka Harringay|
Cafe Moka hosts occasional Mauritian evenings, and is also planning regular art and Scrabble nights. It's charming, friendly and serves delicious brownies - what more could you ask for in a neighbourhood cafe? Thanks A.
Cafe Moka, 5 Wightman Road, Harringay N4 1RQ (no website)