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Lunch at Café Mila

October 9, 2012
various options for lunch

various options for lunch

scrumptious carrot cake

scrumptious carrot cake

Train to Guildford, then train to Godalming. I found yet another different route into the town.

I passed by Godalming Museum as I thought maybe Out of Our Woods exhibition. My hunch was correct. A board said music today. I was on my way to Café Mila for lunch, but as the music was late morning until early afternoon, it was change of plan, music, then lunch.

No music. No one knew anything about music. Maybe I was wrong. I double checked, no, the board said Music Today, but on closer examination, it was last Saturday.

It was a cold, damp miserable afternoon in Godalming. Not raining (yet). What dumb idea was it to set foot outside the house? Not a day for sitting outside Café Mila.

I decided on bean and butternut squash curry. It came with rice and was delicious.

Followed by carrot cake. It too was delicious.

I must ask nicely and collect a few recipes.

Between the curry and the cake I had the mad idea (it seemed a good idea at the time) of showing how to make freddo cappuccino. It was a disaster. The wrong equipment, the wrong glasses (and no, not a bad workman blaming his tools). We tried make do and it was a disastrous failure. The milk sank to the bottom, then the foam collapsed. What was strange was it tasted ok, but looked bloody awful.

I think I know what was wrong. A purpose designed machine is required to foam the milk (we tried by hand). Plus other equipment is needed too. Make do will not do.

What it demonstrated if nothing else is that making a freddo cappuccino is a skilled art. I may though have help at hand.

Café Mila is very child friendly, maybe a little too child friendly, but the kids are well behaved.

What is nice is when a stunning blonde feels relaxed enough to breast feed her child and no one raises an eyebrow.

I was left holding the baby (not the same one), when a young mother asked would I keep an eye on her whilst she just popped out, she won’t be any trouble.

All the time I was there Café Mila was very busy.

Talking to a Dutch lady she said Café Mila was great asset to Godalming.

Apart from the fact the food is good, freshly made, fresh made cakes, quality coffee, the staff are friendly, full of enthusiasm.

Café Mila does the occasional evening dinner. The next will be Mists and Mellow Fruitfulness: Autumn tastes and flavours, squashes, mushrooms, game, on Friday 26 October 2012. Booking is essential.

I am baffled why anyone patronises Costa when they have Café Mila. But then I have never understood why anyone eats at McDonald’s or KFC.

Godalming is a small market town on the banks of the River Wey south of Guildford.

Lunch @ Café Mila

September 14, 2012
Café Mila Thai green curry

Café Mila Thai green curry

Café Mila carrot cake

Café Mila carrot cake

We want to offer you food like the food we choose to make and eat at home. Always freshly prepared from great quality ingredients, and locally sourced as much as possible. — Café Mila

I decided lunch at Café Mila in Godalming. Train to Guildford, train to Godalming. Then spend the afternoon in Godalming.

Café Mila very busy, though not as busy as Tuesday. Lovely food laid out.

I decided to try the Green Curry and Rice chalked up on the board. Not something I would try other than in a Thai restaurant, and only then a restaurant for Thai not English. There is nothing worse than what is claimed to be curry, green or otherwise, which is something disgusting with a good dosing of curry powder. I was therefore pleasantly surprised, I could not believe how good it was. It was delicious, with lovely light and delicate flavours. The rice was excellent too not all glued together. It was served piping hot, the bowl warm.

I had also ordered a carrot cake, but was too full. I said I would come back later in the afternoon and have for afternoon tea. They kindly put it to one side for me.

I mentioned the Costa Coffe (dis)Loyalty Card scheme. Let us hope more indie coffee shops take this up and introduce people to real coffee.

I looked in Costa. Dull and dingy, I cannot see why anyone would wish to go there, but looking at the people who were there, they looked typical McDonald’s customers (and I do not know why people eat there either).

A walk to the end of Godalming and back, then I caught Café Mila before closing and sat outside and had my carrot cake and a cup of tea.

The carrot cake was delicious.

It is easy to see why Café Mila is popular and everywhere else in Godalming empty. The food is delicious and reasonably priced, service is good, a lovely atmosphere.

What is baffling is why anyone goes in Costa (other than people who think McDonald’s serves food), dingy, poor quality coffee, factory cakes, when nearby is Café Mila with freshly prepared delicious food, own baked cakes and quality teas and coffee, all served by people who clearly enjoy what they are doing.

There has been a couple of nasty negative reviews on TripAdvisor. These stand out as fake reviews as they bear no resemblance to the reality of Café Mila. Shame on TripAdvisor for not rooting out these fake reviews as it means TripAdvisor loses all credibility.

Café Mila does the occasional evening dinner. These have to be booked and paid for in advance. They have had a Moroccan dinner and are planning a South African dinner on 28 September 2012.

I have suggested the occasional music or poetry evening.


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