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Café Miami

Restaurants, Contemporary European Clapton
3 out of 5 stars
Café Miami

Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

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An Instagram-friendly café in Clapton.

Will Smith’s ‘Welcome to Miami’ is playing as I enter this north Hackney café. It’s no coincidence: everything at Clapton’s latest Instagram paradise is achingly stylised. From heart-shaped sugar cubes to strategically plated food, Café Miami is one big brunch-based photo-op.

It’s incredibly well curated. The retro furnishings and hand-picked condiments are all guaranteed to look great on social media. There’s nothing wrong with that; but for me, substance well and truly trumps style. Alas, this place flew off on a golden-winged emoji and left behind an average menu of underwhelming toasted sandwiches. Elsewhere, a weekend ‘special’ of coconut pancakes was nothing special at all: flavourless and pedestrian. A waffle burger (heart-shaped, of course) was much more exciting, with chorizo, avocado and bright orange hot sauce, but too small for £9.50. Homemade strawberry pop-tarts completed the Americana party and, yes, they looked extremely clickable.

So ask yourself: What does brunch mean to me? If it’s all aesthetics and uploading your waffles on the house wifi, then Café Miami is an ideal pastel-toned canvas. But if you like catching up with friends and eating tasty and cheap – albeit perhaps less photogenic – food, then go elsewhere. Actually, Miami #IRL is lovely this time of year.

Café Miami says
Café Miami is a new breakfast & brunch spot in Hackney serving home cooked food, cakes, fresh juices & smoothies and Workshop coffee. The decor of the Café mirrors the beautiful Art Deco ‘Miami’ style of The Strand Building building in Clapton, which was originally an electricity showroom.

The food meanwhile combines a lot of the flavours of Miami - traditional and modern American with Mexican & Spanish influences. Including; Avocado & Grilled Halloumi on Toast with Homemade Sweet Chilli Jam, American Waffles with Bacon & Maple Syrup, Nutella filled Pancakes and Fish Finger Tacos.

By: Phoebe Trimingham



Address: 24 Lower Clapton Rd
E5 0PD
Transport: Hackney Central Overground
Price: Brunch for two with service: around £25.
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