The London Review of Breakfasts

"Hope is a good breakfast, but it is a bad supper." (Francis Bacon)

Friday, June 29, 2007

The Lime Cafe, Harringay

The Lime Cafe
Grand Parade
Green Lanes
020 8809 4665

by Heidi Sausage

Being a veteran of Harringay's famous Cafe Lemon (I was Morcilla's mysterious dining companion), I decided to boldly go and sample the delights of the next door establishment, which has recently changed its name to The Lime Cafe, from its previous, more Italian-sounding appellation Mambocino. On first glance, it appeared as if the decor had also been completely altered, but no, the sublime fountain was still there, featuring a mermaid accompanied by dolphins and fish in variegated tones of blue and pink, and the magnificent glass dolphin sculpture had merely been moved to the top of the fridge. The nautical theme was continued with anchors and other ship parts hanging from the walls, although alas no sea shanties were to be heard, only the ubiquitous sound of Turkish pop music.

Having just spent two hours in the doctor's waiting room, I was in the mood to have my taste buds tingled, so I ordered the vegetarian set breakfast number 1, accompanied by a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice. The coffee was first to arrive, and was, I am pleased to say, not instant. The orange juice was indeed freshly squeezed, and, whilst the toast was slightly on the dry side, the tomato and mushrooms were done to perfection, and the beans were not touching the (single) egg. The bubble and squeak was a bright green colour (presumably to match the waiting staff's shirts) due to the inclusion of marrowfat peas in the mix, and they rounded off this epicurean delight in a satisfying way.

Pleasantly full, I left a tip and went in search of more citrus-themed restaurants, but have so far been unsuccessful in my search.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

You could try Lemonia in Primrose Hill.

10:03 AM, July 03, 2007  
Blogger Alan Wylie said...

More bright green bubble! I had the same served to me in a cafe in Blackstock Road, but it matched the colour of the walls not the shirts. Marrowfat peas in bubble is an interesting concept, were they the tinned or the soaked variety? I have a blog celebrating the virtues of bubble, cafes etc at

1:59 PM, August 11, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No longer "The Lime Cafe" but "Metro 26" (or 29?), anyway has dropped the citrus theme.

10:12 AM, September 04, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is also the 'Orange Cafe' in Palmers Green.

10:16 AM, September 04, 2008  
Anonymous Heidi Sausage said...

It is now called Hala and is no longer a breakfast-type place.

1:53 PM, October 11, 2009  

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