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usual weekend trip to a greasy spoon was once again inevitable after a tanked up Saturday evening. Venturing a mere ten minutes walk from our HQ into the heart of Hackney we were first timers at Mess Café on Amhurst Road. A fairly newish revamp makes for a clean and inviting modern café with people queuing out the door – a sure sign of a great place especially in January weather.

The room is split with tables on one side and booths on the other, counter and kitchen at the back, tuck in from 8am lights out at 4pm. The breakfast menu is simple with a range of suggestions and a ‘build your own’ option making it pretty easy to have whatever mammoth concoction you’ve dreamt up possible. Plenty of other options available food wise and a decent selection of smoothies, juices and milkshakes.

A special breakfast of sausage, bacon, egg, beans and fried slice with an extra of black pudding, mixed berry smoothie and a tea took one side of our order. The quality of the food was pretty top notch, cooked and presented nicely with an extra point for none greasy. At £3.90 including tea or a fresh coffee it’s a pretty damn good deal.

Drink wise the Smoothie was thick, cold and refreshing, packed with fruit to mend the internal damage from the night before. Fresh orange was indeed freshly squeezed and the coffee was decent enough. The other half went for the mess breakfast which comes served with roasties although no beans so make sure you remember to add them as no one likes a dry plate!

Our only grumble is that just when you think you’ve scored by getting a booth to yourself you find due to popularity you will in fact be bunking up with some other Dalstonites. Still we’re pretty talkative when we’re hungover…Still on for that pint Steve ;)

Mon-Fri 07:00-17:00 Sat 08:00-18:00 Sun 08:00-16:00
Mess Café, 38 Amhurst Road, E8