Great venue: on-point with hip, international design, and a sophisticated menu based on simple healthy ingredients, delivering a clean palette of tastes and textures. Most importantly, the coffee is excellent.
On the flip-side, they let themselves down with a lack of table service. I go here regularly, but even when it is empty, and all the staff are standing around doing nothing, you have to get up and order at the counter, and pay up-front. Once you've settled in; are happily munching on your delicious wrap or rice bowl, and want another coffee, you have to get up and order (and pay), again. Wake up guys - I want to love you more, but I consider this an *epic fail* in basic customer service.
Regardless - if you haven't tried this spot, get on down there!
I so wanted this place to be better! We live close to Solana, so were really excited about Moka Bros opening in the area to give Element Fresh a run for their money. Perhaps it's because they opened recently, but they really need to lift their game. After two visits and trying a good range of their dishes, I have to say they are just not offering quality food for the prices they charge. In all the menu items we sampled, fresh produce and particularly greens were really skimpy, with dishes being bulked out with rice or other carbs. For an operation that is supposedly all about healthy eating, 'super foods' and power bowls I find it really odd that they are not making better quality food. Perhaps management needs to keep a closer eye on this branch? It appears to be Chinese run, and service is okay. You have to order at the counter- but I don't mind that as much as I mind being served mediocre food. Moka Bros, please remedy this!
What an amazing experience! Everything was excellent: very delicious food, amazing service, nice atmosphere, much attention to details, unexpected lovely surprises... The interior is trendy, but tasteful and calming. The wine list is massive We chose the summer menu with pairing was a very good choice comes with a price but a good night !!!
Hidden in the back alley of Hutong district of old Beijing, Austen Kitchen is a breath of fresh air (where most eateries have turned "trendily commercial". With only 3 tables, Austen serves genuine Italian home cooking, All bread & pasta are home made as all the dishes. Austen Kitchen is totally a pleasant surprise!
Go here. Now. It's not easy to find, but look for the big industrial green door labeled "Green Cow" at the end of Jiuxianqiao Sanjiefang. It's a busy local market street that doesn't look like a place for a big organic cafe, but trust me, it's definitely there. The menu includes burgers, salads, falafel, cookies, cakes and other lunch-y, brunch-y items in additional to Mrs. Shanen's famous bagels (and the bagel chips, which are totally addictive). In addition, you can purchase organic meat, coffee and products from Green Cow Farm, including buttermilk! Never seen it in Beijing before.
I walked in and Mr. Shanen was there, and never a nicer person shall you ever meet. The weather was hot so he treated me immediately to a homemade iced tea and warm chocolate chip cookie. The best part is their waterless compost toilet: it's closed compost system that uses no water and is completely odorless. The waste is recycled into compost and they use the urinal to water the plants in the courtyard! Just note they are closed on Mondays.
This new location of Moka Bros offers much nicer views and overall relaxing ambiance. The staff was friendly and prompt, but the value of my lentil salad (¥58 ＋ steak for ¥18） is compromised by the huge amount of frisee as a base without any other leafy greens which could make a better base for the salad. No complaints about ¥18 portion of steak though!
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