Muddy Eats: Cafe Mbriki
I’ve been walking past Cafe Mbriki for the past few weeks now and the lure of Greek food always tempts me in but i’ve never managed to slow down and stick my nose in. So when i decided to meet a friend for lunch, the venue was a no brainer.
The small independent cafe is located in The Lanes, a buzzing hub for independent shops and fashion boutiques. Just a few doors down is a lovely gift shop and next to that is popular and buzzing salon Indy’s. The cafe provides the perfect spot for a bit of people watching. We popped in for lunch last Friday and managed to bag a table outside and soak up some much-needed sun.
There’s not much to rave about when it comes to the decor; wooden tables and cosy leather seats make up most of it but when it comes to the menu, now that’s a different story. The owner, Maggie is Greek Cypriot so the flavours are all down to her. The menu is filled with a selection of good cafe food, sandwiches and paninis, but it’s the additional Greek dishes and platters that are a welcome bonus.
There’s falafels, spinach and feta filo pies, tzatziki, Greek dolmades (stuffed vine leaves filled with spices and rice) and so much more. I’m a big fan of Greek food, especially the salads and have known to be fussy about my feta too, so this place is my idea of heaven.
We were torn between the Greek platter and the salads so ordered it all and felt slightly smug about it.
My Greek salad on it’s own would not have sufficed, so the grilled halloumi and pitta bread from the platter worked out well. The salad itself was fresh and tasty – even the salad leaves were crisp and crunchy, but those falafels were delicious and perfectly moist. I could have easily chomped the whole thing in one bite but decided to savour the flavour and enjoy it in at least two bites.
Mbriki also serve all day breakfast and offer veggie and vegan sausages – extra brownie points from me. There’s also the Greek breakfast, which i’ve heard is popular so it won’t surprise you to know that I’ve already planned my next visit.
The Muddy Verdict:
Good for: Absolutely everyone, they have free wi-fi, outdoor seating, high chairs available and plenty of foodie options to choose from. It’s not too small either, it’s a good size and you can find a quiet corner to sip your coffee and read the papers. It’s a decent spot to people-watch too.
Not for: Err, good question. I guess it’s good for everyone, even kids.
£ Big portions and reasonable prices. Sandwiches start from £3, the Greek breakfast can be bought for a mere £4 and is served all day.
Cafe Mbriki, 10 Carts Lane, Leicester, LE1 5NL