Head East to North Greenwich Pier and you’ll find a newly-built, almost futuristic part of London, centred around the famous O2 arena (or Millennium Dome, if you’re retro). Overlooking the Thames, flanked by an impressive riverside garden is Mama Fuego, the latest venture by mother and daughter team Lynette and Cloe de la Vega.
Following the success of their coffee house and kitchen, Abuelo (Covent Garden), the duo have designed an even larger, multi-level space with striking 1960s and 70s-inspired design features, offering a sophisticated, yet playful day-to-night dining venue. Playing homage to their Argentinean and Australian heritage, the food is Antipodean-meets-South American; a winning combination that stretches to their speciality coffee too, made with Australian technique and Latin American beans.
Visit in the daytime and you’ll get the cool neighbourhood vibes of an effortlessly-chic Australian cafe, along with an array of brunch dishes packed full of punchy flavour and fresh ingredients. Mama Fuego makes your five a day easy, from the mascarpone toast topped with blackberries, to granola adorned with pan-fried peaches, not to mention the caramelised pears which catapult buttermilk charcoal waffles to a whole new level of brunch mastery. The menu showcases new twists on classic London brunch fayre and if you like the sweet stuff, you’re in for a treat.
Review by Megan Hill
Image credit: mamafuego.co.uk
with maple & chai poached apple and honeycomb shards