I’d planned to head to Casa Angelina, today, but upon finding it closed, I toddled a little further down the road to Maria’s Kitchen, which is just a few doors down from Agoo Café.
A very understated little café, offering simple breakfast and lunch options, it has eye-catching prices, with a lunchtime soup and sandwich deal for just £3.
With an incredibly warm and friendly welcome from the counter man, who seemed to know the vast majority of his customers from regular visits, the place has room for around eight people to sit in, across three tables. I was happy to take advantage of this, as the weather was a trifle chilly outside.
I opted for chicken soup and a toasted “firecracker” chicken wrap, with salad and cheese.
My soup was soon with me. It was a tomato-based chicken soup, generously filled with fregola. It was an ideal warming soup for the circumstances, so I was very pleased with it.
The wrap was solidly good, too, with good crunch from the salad and a nice lingering warmth from the spicy chicken. It was good, simple fare, high on taste and light on the wallet.
I had the added bonus of getting to catch up on all the comings and goings in the latest edition of The Spurtle, which is always a good way to pass a lunchtime in the Broughton neighbourhood.
So overall, I was pleased with the cheap and cheerful delights of Maria’s Kitchen. The friendly welcome and tasty food made for a good combination. I’d be happy to return here, particularly when I’m in need of feed and am feeling short on pennies.
Blythe scores Maria’s Kitchen
3.5/5 for food
3/5 for presentation
4/5 for service
3/5 for setting
giving an overall 13.5/20
I ate: chicken soup; firecracker chicken wrap
I wore: blue shirt
Total bill: £3