37-B Station Road, Wood Green, London N22 6AF
Price: 10 per person
Wood Green is definitely not the place you would visit in London. There isn’t really anything to visit, apart from a big, cheap, loud shopping centre. It is a fairly affordable area in north of London and I chose to live here thanks to the allover-reaching Piccadilly line.
At the same time, Wood Green represents a very actual London, sheltering different faces and faiths. These are the colours the international community is painting and re-drawing London with in 2015. And sometimes, I am glad to be part of this ever-changing force that – throughout the millennia – has always been able to defeat narrow minds and conservative skepticism.
In this bubbling and coloured neighborhood that is Wood Green, we found a hidden little pleasant place as Coffee Break.
The name does not make it standing out, does it? We happened to notice it after grocery shopping with my parents. Coffee Break is overshadowed by the grey Morrisons car park and the shabby three-storey buildings of Station Road. While leaving Morrisons, my mother noticed a sign outside of the café saying ‘Kimbo coffee’. A pretty famous coffee brand in Italy, Kimbo is a bit of an institution in my family. This is basically the only type of coffee my family has been drinking in the last thirty years.
Therefore, convinced by the thought of a possible decent coffee in the absolutely non-Italian neighborhood of Wood Green, we decided to give Coffee Break a go. And it was a good choice.
We went for a Sunday brunch, hence we chose among the biggest meals on the menu. The place offers quite a variety of food: English and Mediterranean breakfasts, full courses of meat, salads, crepes and cakes. Of course the place is not Italian, but Turkish. To be faithful to the neighbourhood trends.
Difficult to comment about the service which does not really stand out, like the place’s name. The waiter serving us was not really happy about working on a Sunday morning – understandably – but very polite. Few days later we went for an afternoon tea but the person behind the counter did not really speak English and communication was slightly impeded by this factor. Nevertheless, our breakfast was a delight.
I went for a ‘Princess Ezo’ Breakfast that included: black olives, grilled tomatoes, feta, halloumi, Turkish salami, Turkish hot dog (!), hash browns and fried eggs. The Turkish hot dog being a German wurst-looking sausage.
My partner chose a Queen Breakfast that varied for having scrambled eggs with spinach and a soft fresh cheese instead of feta. It was a very nice soft surprise, almost resembling an Italian ricotta.
The ingredients were fresh and tasty, the Mediterranean colours refreshed the eyes as well!
….and of course, we had to try a Kimbo espresso. Yes, it was good! probably not as black as an Italian person would drink it, but still strong, short and actually coffee-tasting.
The whole breakfast was filling but refreshing. I also thought it to be a good deal as it was indeed a big breakfast for £8.95. We also managed to get a fresh squeezed orange juice.
Who would have thought to find a place like this is the loud and chaotic Wood Green. So, if you now happen to having to go through Wood Green, walk among its chaos and colours, you now know where to have a break.