Since moving to Tooting a few weeks ago, we’d noticed a queue outside a coffee shop at the weekend whenever we walked past. This place was clearly popular! Last Saturday we headed over to ‘Mud’ in the morning to see what all the fuss was about.
Luckily we had just beaten the ‘brunch rush’ and managed to get a table for breakfast. We were served quickly, ordering a couple of iced mochas and fresh orange juices, and the waitress was very friendly. Actually, the place had a very friendly vibe in general. The fact that it was one of the hottest, nicest days of the year might have helped, but everyone was smiling and you could tell that lots of regulars were coming in, as they chatted away to the staff behind the counter. I heard one of the groups ask if they could sit ‘in the garden at the back’ – I’m not sure if this is a closely guarded secret, but I’m keen to check it out next time. I also loved the decor – very rustic, Aussie and cool!
And even the coffees had a cool edge to them – I really like the effort that has gone into how the drinks are served.
The breakfast menu looked great and I was torn over what to have. I always think pancake dishes look amazing for breakfast, but if I order them, I end up getting meat/egg envy. I decided to go for the Beetroot Smash: beetroot & ricotta smash on sourdough, Scottish smoked salmon, poached burford brown eggs and fresh horseradish. And it was a very pretty dish indeed.
Thankfully it was just as good to eat as it was to look at. The flavours were lovely, with beautiful smoked salmon. The only thing I would say is there was a bit too much beetroot/ricotta as it’s quite rich, but a complaint about too much of something is never really a bad thing! And just look how incredibly orange the egg yolks were – just as they should be!
Tim ordered the Eggs Benny: breadcrumbed bubble and squeak, burford brown eggs, brown butter, hollandaise and poached salmon. Eggs Benedict is probably Tim’s favourite breakfast dish, so he was in his happy place!
I’m so pleased we found Mud, and fairly soon after moving in. You may have read that when we lived in East London, we used to love going to Counter Cafe on the canal in Hackney, just a short walk from our flat. Well I’m pleased to say that it looks as though we’ve found our new Counter Cafe. The view might not be quite as impressive, but the food sure makes up for it!