Moomba World Café, Putney
5 Lacey Road
020 8785 9151
by Blake Pudding
It was the name that filled me with horror- Moomba World Café. It conjured up images of earnest New Zealanders worrying about whether it was ethical to listen to Paul Simon - and awful, awful food. No, my breakfast companions insisted, this was the place to go for breakfast in Putney. I was with the beautiful Wingate sisters, Alice and Emily, the granddaughters of legendary Second World War maverick General Orde Wingate. Orde was the man who founded the Israeli Army, reinstated Haile Selaisse on the throne of Ethiopia and expelled the Japanese from Burma so perhaps a “world” café was appropriate.
The food was good too. My full English came in at £7.65 but was worth almost every penny. It came with the usual stuff, all of high quality and well cooked, but also an item which appeared to be a hybrid of bubble and squeak and a hash brown. It was unusual but great for mopping up excess HP sauce. The service worked with military precision. We ordered and scarcely had time to say “Lion of Judah” before a delicious meal was there in front of our eyes. I should add that the eggs Benedict was a little disappointing with runny hollandaise and overcooked eggs but I, with my magnificent full English, did not really care.
At the Moomba World Café one finds the perfect meeting of the café and the caff cultures- the very good ingredients of the café combined with the utter professionalism of the caff.