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Lunch at Cafe Mila

September 15, 2015

Lunch at Cafe Mila was sadly was not up to their usual high standard. Soup was excellent, but the chickpea curry was awful. The service was not too good either.

I usually sit downstairs, at a long wooden table, but it was too noisy, loud music, and three very noisy women who probably could be heard half way down the street, sat behind me. I decided to sit upstairs. Having placed my order and said where I was sitting, I let me know I was relocating upstairs.

leak and potato soup

leak and potato soup

Long time before my soup arrived. Full marks to the waitress, not a drop sloshed around the bowl.

The soup bowls have changed. They were shallow, now deep. Or maybe my imagination.

Leak and potato soup. It had no resemblance to any leak and potato soup I have ever tasted. That said, it was excellent, piping hot and generous portion size. Though at £6, pricey.

chickpea curry

chickpea curry

One of my favourite dishes from Curries from Home is chickpea curry. That was my main course. It was awful. The only time I have ever left a dish at Cafe Mila.

I have before had Thai green curry, and that was excellent.

The service was terrible. Long wait for my soup. An even longer wait for my curry, though when it was finally delivered, the girl did at least apologise.

Nor was it quiet upstairs. It was, but half way through my soup, the noisy women arrived joined by a fourth women. Ignorant, scant regard for others who were upstairs because it is the quiet area.

In the corner a lovely sculpture.

Later I decided to return for afternoon tea only annoyingly to find they had closed early. Not good, people will not bother late afternoon, if they risk finding closed, then in a downward spiral of closing earlier and earlier.

Cafe Mila have occasional special evenings. Why not invite Curries from Home for an Indian evening? At least it will be authentic India cuisine.

sculpture

sculpture

Lunch at Café Mila

June 23, 2014
tomato and celery soup

tomato and celery soup

A very hot day in Godalming. I arrived earlier than usual. I popped in and had a zinger (I think apple, pear and ginger), a very refreshing drink on a hot summer’s day. I then returned a little later for lunch.

For starter tomato and celery soup. I thought it would be a little too heavy for a hot day, but it was light. The celery gave a zing to it, almost as would expect from ginger. Delicious.

Followed by potato and green vegetable bake with a little side salad. This I though definitely winter dish, but it proved light. A potato crust, inside, peas, broccoli and cauliflower.

Followed by a ginger flapjack and a cup of tea.

With the gingerade I had later in Harris + Hoole in Guildford, I was probably suffering ginger overload.

Café Mila currently has a summer art exhibition. Well worth a visit.

Lunch at Café Mila

April 10, 2014
broccoli and Stilton soup

broccoli and Stilton soup

stuffed mushroom and salad

stuffed mushroom and salad

tea and cake

tea and cake

Broccoli and Stilton soup.

Followed by stuffed mushroom and salad.

I was going to walk through Godalming, walk back along the river, then have afternoon tea and a cake. But as I was still hungry, I had a tea and a cake.

Café Mila was very quiet. I was the only one there.

Lunch at Café Mila

March 13, 2014
carrot and coriander soup

carrot and coriander soup

stuffed sweet potato and salad

stuffed sweet potato and salad

tea and a Bakewell tart

tea and a Bakewell tart

Delicious carrot and coriander soup.

Followed by stuffed sweet potato and salad.

Then following a walk along the River Wey, for afternoon tea a Bakewell tart and a tea.

On the walls downstairs and upstairs, a photographic exhibition.

Lunch at Café Mila

January 28, 2014
tempting spread of delicious cakes

tempting spread of delicious cakes

Having had to detour to Guildford to pick up a couple of books, waited in the cold for a bus to Godalming, then on arrival in Godalming, raining, I arrived early afternoon, my cold returned, and not really feeling like anything, hence, did not enjoy my lunch at Café Mila.

Starter Tuscan bean soup, followed by falafel, pita bread and salad, followed by carrot cake and a cup of tea.

I was interested to learn, people bring their surplus produce from gardens and allotments, and barter for a cup of coffee. I think a great idea.

A few suggestions:

The strong opposition to converting Wey Inn to a Tesco, shows there is a strong sense of local community to tap into. Contact the little corner shop next to the Wey Inn.

Lunch at Café Mila

January 21, 2014
delicious food

delicious food

upcoming events

upcoming events

Excellent vegetable soup.

It is not often the main course disappoints at Café Mila. Today was one of those very rare days.

Chili beans, in essence chili sin carne, and chile without the carne, does not work. And someone had been over zealous with the chili making it inedible. I tried, and gave up.

A cake, not sure what it was, plus a tea.

I was given a fruit juice, one I have not had before, and it went someway to ameliorating the effects of the chili beans.

I suggested Café Mila act as a distribution hub for Transition Free Press.

Godalming is very community oriented, still has its local shops, which are supported. Why not launch Transition Godalming? Launch it at Café Mila, see how it goes, and have regularly meetings hosted by Café Mila.

There is lots that can be done. There are local allotments. Identify gardens not in productive use, share with growers, share the produce, involve local businesses like Café Mila, the local greengrocer.

Why not a local currency?

Invite story teller Steph Bradley, who can tell tales of our times.

Steph spent six months walking between towns and villages in a pair of red flip flops, telling tales, picking up tales, which she recounts in Tales of Our Times. She is now in search of venues for a spring tour of storytelling.

Transition Farnham now meets regularly at The Barn. Worth checking out. Their last meeting, was a talk on Aquaponics, organised by The Barn.

There is also Transition Guildford, Transition Haslemere and Greening Alton.

Thanks to Steve for the Brian’s Coffee Spot Calender 2014. Images of coffee shops for each month. Café Mila is September 2014.

Lunch at Café Mila

December 17, 2013
counter laden with scrumptious food

counter laden with scrumptious food

chicken pie

chicken pie

coconut slice

coconut slice

I went on a fruitless search for Feral, and as a result arrived at Café Mila later than intended.

I arrived to find packed, and no soup left.

I settle on chicken pie. It was delicious. It comes with a little greenery, but really need something more substantial to accompany the pie, something like the salads that accompany the main dish as served at the Guildford Institute on a Friday.

I do not as a rule eat meat pies. Think horsemeat scandal, and you get the gist. But if you have a trusted source, with a reputation to lose, then a pie, as I found in Café Mila, can be very tasty.

If not already published, please publish the recipe.

A wide choice of sweets. I settled on a delicious coconut slice, washed down with a cup of tea.

I made two suggestions:

  • act as a distribution hub for Transition Free Press
  • add Dark Mountain to books to read

Transition Free Press, published quarterly, has news from around the world, art, culture, music, renewable energy, local food production, local currencies, but principally how local economies work. A pound spent in the local economy, has 2-3 times the value if spent within a local business like Café Mila, than it does if spent in Costa, so not are you boosting the local economy, you also get decent coffee.

The need for this information to diffuse locally, is best illustrated by Staycation Live. An excellent local event, good music, good location. Last year excellent food too, this year not. And why? Because a bean counter in the local town council can see no further than the end of his nose. He decided (and who is he to decide?) the event should be run on a more commercial footing. The rents for a pitch were jacked up, beyond the reach of what local suppliers thought reasonable or affordable, in come the shiny, chromium, tacky junk food vendors. Bad for health, bad for the local economy.

Transition Free Press is distributed by local indie coffee shops like Café Mila. It gives them an additional income stream, those dropping in to pick up a copy, are at the very least going to have a coffee or a tea.

Cafe Mila has books. BookCrossing books that people drop off or pick up, plus lovely books to browse. Dark Mountain, an anthology of essays, prose, poetry and art, is in the latter category, books to browse.

Interesting art on display, and Jane kindly gave me a guided tour. All local artists.

I was pleased to see NeverSeconds was on display. A must read.

On Thursday, Cafe Mila has a Christmas dinner with a difference, the dishes are drawn from around the world. Booking essential!

Lunch at Café Mila

October 23, 2013

theatre 8pm Friday 25 October 2013

vegetable soup

vegetable soup

coffee cake

coffee cake

coffee cake and fruit juice

coffee cake and fruit juice

tea and coffee cake

tea and coffee cake

Excellent vegetable soup.

A choice of stuffed butternut squash or stuffed mushroom. Last week I had stuffed butternut, therefore I chose the stuffed mushroom, but regretted my choice, I wish I had chosen the stuffed butternut squash.

I tried one of the fruit juices other than a zinger. It was very refreshing.

Coffee cake with a cup of tea.

New for Café Mila, theatre this coming Friday evening.

Top Story in In the World of Tea – Teasion (Saturday 26 October 2013).

Lunch at Café Mila

November 13, 2012
an enticing spread of food

an enticing spread of food

coconut slice with blueberries

coconut slice with blueberries

It was a mild autumn afternoon, especially how cold it had been, though noticeably colder in Godalming. Very quiet, few people about.

Café Mila was quiet, though it did fill up for afternoon tea.

A lentil and sweet potato curry. I would usually have their scrumptious carrot cake, but as it looked good, I thought I would try their coconut slice with blueberries. It was delicious.

I mentioned to Steve (co-owner) about the grilling Starbucks got before the House of Commons Public Accounts Select Committee. Indie coffee shops like Café Mila pay their taxes and serve better coffee, why therefore should Starbucks get away with dodging tax?

Café Mila has a lot of interesting cookbooks on display for folks to look through, though not to take away.

Quiet Food had caught my eye on my last visit. I know what slow food is, what was quiet food?

It had been put together by a Bhudist retreat in South Africa. Recipes were there to be freely copied. On one page a thought to meditate upon, on the facing page, recipes from their kitchen.

Quiet food is food you reflect upon, eat in silence. A good idea, as I have noticed, if you eat with friends and chat, though you may be eating good food, you do not really appreciate it.

I suggested to Steve he might like to obtain a copy of NeverSeconds, due out tomorrow, to serve as an inspiration to others. He thought a good idea.

Lunch at Café Mila

October 23, 2012
potato, leak and pea soup

potato, leak and pea soup

Like last week, it was quiet, though did fill up people coming in for afternoon tea.

I had leak, potato and pea soup. It had a strange smoky taste.

Followed by vegetable bake. It was not what I experted. I expected something like what I get at the Guildford Institute.

Followed by carrot cake and pot of tea.

It was a misty afternoon in Godalming.