Local Mbassy

A celebratory lunch for a work friend led us to Local Mbassy, a new cafe on the block that boasts an impressive fusion of fine dining and cafe food from ex-Aria and Quay chefs!

Food:
The full English breakfast contained eggs, sausages, grilled tomato, mushroom, spinach, potato rosti and baked beans. It was a generous portion, and they were able to swap out extra sausages instead of bacon which was great! The Herb Beer Battered Fish came with tartare sauce, orange watercress salad and chips, and was also a hit. However, the double baked wagyu beef burger was the definite highlight, and was juicy and filling, easily shared between two people.

It was served with fresh rocket, tomato chutney and gruyere cheese, which suited the burger perfectly. The only meal that wasn’t well liked was the panko chicken burger, which was an egg crumbed chicken breast with fresh tomato, lettuce and chilli jam mayo. The coating didn’t give the best texture and we ended up peeling it off before eating the rest of the burger.

Finally, it was dessert, and the famous red velvet pancakes were divine! Because everyone at the table was so full, we shared it amongst the four of us, and it was the perfect sweet treat.

Ambience:
The cafe is quite small, so be sure to get there early to get a table. The lighting is also quite dark, presumably to create an interesting vibe, but we would have preferred it to be a bit brighter. Food came out really quickly, apart from the last dish, which was the panko chicken burger, so that was delayed as the wrong meal was brought out. The staff were really apologetic however, which was nice, and the rest of the meals were spot on!

Overall:
We’ll definitely be back for more of the red velvet pancakes and the wagyu beef burger, which were the stars of a very strong lineup of restaurant quality dishes! Be sure to check out Local Mbassy for an amazing casual dining experience with a bit of flair, and some instagram-worthy pancakes!

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