Review • Mum’s Bistro
Mum’s Bistro is lovely little family run Cypriot Eatery, nestled in the heart of Bowes Park, North London. This is a restaurant recommendation/review I have been meaning to write for a long time. I love this place and it’s friendly owners!! It’s one of favourite places to eat. They are open in the afternoon too, so you can pop in and have a traditional coffee and cake, it’s delicious. Something I often do with a friend or simply a good book!
Mum’s Bistro serves up, yes you guessed it (the clue’s in the name) delicious home cooked Traditional Cypriot cuisine. Simple yet absolutely mouth watering food.
The owners Diana and Nakis both hail from one of the largest villages in Cyprus called Ypsonas, in the Limassol district. Their experience and love of food and hospitality over the last 30 years has taken us here to Mum’s Bistro in North London!!
Through time, Cypriot cuisine has evolved encompassing flavours from neighbouring countries. Diana’s (Mum) food has the backbone of traditional recipes and cooking methods that have been passed from generation to generation. With the addition of a little extra something, she has a fantastic palette!!
They serve a variety of dishes a lot of which you will be familiar with. Starters include Fresh Greek Salads with Olives and Feta Cheese, one of my firm favourites. Calamari, Dips ( Tzatiki, Humous and Taramosalata and Pitta, White Bait. To the more traditional ‘Pastourma’ a Beef and Garlic Sausage, ‘Fassolia’ a dish made with Butter Beans and Onion cooked in a Spiced Tomato Sauce.
For the main courses there are bevy of gastronomical delights. Including Mum’s Meze; Chargrilled mixed meat platters of chicken, lamb or pork. There’s also a mixed meat kebab or a grilled vegetable option too. Great selection of Fsh (Sea Bream, Sea Bass or Salmon) infused with lemon and herbs. Some good old Greek/Cypriot favourites: Kleftiko, Afellia, Vegetarian Moussaka, Sheftalia, Pasticcio (oven baked layers with pork mince and béchamel sauce. Also my personal favourite Dolmades (stuffed vine leaves), meat or Vegetarian… they are simply scrumptious! All made with fresh ingredients sourced from local vendors.
To follow they have a fair selection of sweets, including Calombrama and Baklava. Or simply have a Greek coffee to finish. Depending on which day you go, there’re always other super tasty additions to the menu.
Aside from the traditional Greek coffee, they also serve up other Cypriot beverages. Zivana is a great pick, it’s a traditional alcoholic drink that been produced for centuries in Cyprus by distillation using only Xynisteri and Mavro grapes. Best served ice cold! Why not try something a little ‘stronger’ in the evening before or after dinner?
I mentioned hospitality, as it’s a big part of what makes Mum’s Bistro so special. It has a cosy, friendly, family atmosphere. A smallish restaurant with a huge heart!
Mum’s Bistro plays host to The Folk Club once a month one to the public. This usually has a great turn out so book early. Delicious food with entertainment. Or sing the night away with ‘International’ Karaoke every Wednesday night at 9pm hosted by DJ Stelios.
There is a real “at home’ unpretentious Mediterranean feel to the place, there are a few tables dotted outside. This is the perfect venue to host and cater for party or a group gathering. Simply email them your requirements and they’ll sort it! Fancy staying at home to eat? No problem, Mum’s Bistro also have a fantastic takeaway menu you can order over the phone and collect. In conclusion Mum’s Bistro serves absolutely delicious food and is great value for money!
Watch the video below to see Mum in action!
Just a little something Mum made…
One thing for sure, you will certainly leave Mum’s Bistro feeling full and content!!
Reviewed by Karen Bryson
For booking visit: www.mum-bistro.co.uk
143 Myddleton Road
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