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Muxima Café & Lounge, 111-121 Fairfield Road, E3 2QR

January 24, 2013

Muxima Café & Lounge, 111-121 Fairfield  Road, E3 2QR

There’s something about the Roman Road / Fish Island / Bow Quarter that is very much in the air du temps thanks to the Olympics spotlight.  This is one of those places where I challenge you to leave without every fibre of your body willing them to be a success!

Charming service by people you immediately want to be friends with, makes the coffee and brunches taste all the better.  This is quite a hub for the local community, not only providing a much needed coffee house, but also art exhibitions, movie nights, comedy soirees and pop-up dinners.  They even have a knitting club, boldly titled Chicks with Sticks (though men welcome too!).  On the odd Sunday they have a jazz quartet pop in to brighten up those Sunday blues.

The eclectic surroundings are relaxing, warm and cosy, and nicely balance the kooky atmosphere.  We went for brunch and had eggs benedict, eggs royale and a toasted ham and cheese croissant.  Value is excellent with most dishes around a fiver, and the dishes are good and rather beautifully presented.  If you are an eggs benedict officianado you may be disappointed with packet ham and wholemeal bread rather than muffins, as well as one not two eggs(maybe they could provide a double-up option as the prices are so good), but the hollandaise was deliciously rich and the eggs reassuringly wobbly enough that you knew when you broke through you’d see the golden (organic) yolk dribbling forth.  My best friend swears there’s nothing more depressing than a hard yolk in a poached egg, which, although I think pretty melodramatic, I do know what she means.

In the name of public research we tried the cakes as well (I know, that’s just the kind of giving people we are).  Berry and coconut slice was deliciously bright in flavour, muted by the coconut.  Death by chocolate slice was chocoholic’s heaven and the scone was light and moist as it should be.

The coffee was delicious and well worth a visit on its own.

Go forth and search out this rather wonderful little find amidst an unlikely area.  Already popular with the locals, if you’re in the area I think it’s a must visit.

Three were awash with artisan coffee, brunches and cake for a little over £30 in total.  You can’t say fairer than that!

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