REVIEW: Nia Cafe

by - January 02, 2009

UPDATE: Nia Cafe has now closed and become Soup-urb. Review for historical purposes.

Nia Cafe is a nice, relaxed cafe/restaurant with stylishly lived-in, mis-matched furniture and a homely feel. So relaxed that a gang of friends and I ended up staying for a good four hours or so, cherry picking through the menu.

The one thing about Nia Cafe is that it gets it right where so many others get it wrong. Great decor, inviting atmosphere and a menu for all cravings. It's not a cafe but its not a restaurant. It's the happy medium between the two where you don't want to go somewhere snazzy but you don't want to smell of frying after visiting. You will find all day breakfasts ranging from the full-on to the decadent and the varied day-time menu has anything from wraps to risottos, sandwiches to venison stews. The specials boards tempt you with cakes, desserts and smoothies and there is also a separate evening menu which I can't say I mind coming back for.

At our table of nine, I don't think anyone had any complaints. I certainly didn't for my smoked haddock, poached egg and nicely sharp, dressed rocket salad. The cakes were looking good too, especially the moist, gooey brownies.

And another thing - they were busy. Very busy. Despite us rearranging half the cafe as more friends turned up, pinching chairs from here and there, and practically commandeering the room, the staff were really good to us. I also noticed reserved signs popping up on tables. For a cafe! Now that is a good sign...

UPDATE: Nia Cafe has now closed and become Soup-urb. Review for historical purposes.

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