Wightman Road forms the left leg of the Harringay “Ladder”, with Green Lanes on the right.  Finsbury Park lies to the South, Turnpike Lane to the North, with cross streets forming the rungs of the Ladder.  West of Wightman Road are the railway lines that bisect the borough: the poshest parts (Crouch End, Muswell Hill) are on the far side of the tracks, but the Ladder is the most affluent part of the East side of Haringey.

Currently, Wightman Road is closed to traffic due to a railway bridge replacement, causing havoc with the commuter rat race though local residents are all welcoming it.  With the loss of vehicular access locals were worried Moka could be experiencing a downturn in trade.  Having heard good things about it I suggested it as a place to meet my friend G, who had an appointment nearby, for brunch.

Walking in it was nice to see the place pleasantly buzzy.

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G had a soy flat white but I’d already had two coffees so I opted for an apple juice mojito (non-alcoholic). After perusing the very tempting menu, G chose the Baked Eggs and I the Mauritian Omelette. A shelf next to us had travel & coffee table books on New Zealand and Mauritius – it was nice to see this reflected in the menu too.

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The bill came to about £22 for both of us. Definitely one for the “to go back to” list.

Moka, 5 Wightman Road 5 Wightman Rd N4 1RQ