I’d popped in to Espresso Mondo to try their coffee, a few weeks back, and noticed that they’d had a revamp. The decor and feel was much the same, but they’d upped their game with the coffee, now featuring Steampunk on the grinder, and their menu had more of a diner feel to it, with all-day breakfast options and a focussed menu of soups, salads, paninis and snacks.
The chaps now running it had a brief tenure at The Drop, so it was good to see them back at the helm of a new venture.
I know that I previously mentioned that I’d get a bit more healthy with my breakfasts, following the completion of our latest 100km walking challenge, but given this was my first day back at work following it, I thought I’d have one last porky treat. I did match my crispy bacon with scrambled eggs and pesto (a healthy green thing, no less!) on a breakfast panini, so felt I was heading in vaguely the right direction.
My panini promptly arrived, looking neat and tidy. It proved to be tasty, although the bacon was far from crispy. I was pretty pleased with this, though, as I’m not sure that overly crispy bacon would have worked all that well with the crunchy exterior of the panini. The pesto brought a nice aromatic note to proceedings, while the well-seasoned eggs provided the necessary filling substance. It was a satisfying eat.
So overall, I enjoyed my visit to Espresso Mondo. For a place that used to be an undertaker’s shop, it’s refreshingly bright and full of life. Their menu is smart and simple, with the welcome friendly and relaxed. I’d happily recommend that you pay the place a visit.
Blythe scores Espresso Mondo
3.5/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
3.5/5 for setting
3.5/5 for service
giving an overall 14/20
Today’s quester was: Blythe
I ate: breakfast panini, with pesto, scrambled eggs and bacon
I drank: espresso
I wore: action footwear
Total bill: £5.95