Saturday, 28 May 2011

Madam Chi review - Upper Street coffee and wine lounge, a quiet place to chill


Address: 187 Upper Street,
London N1 1RQ
Tel: 020 8045 4202
Nearest Tube station: Highbury & Islington

Ratings (out of 5 *)
Price: Below £10pp (cake and drink)
Service charge: N/A
Taste: N/A
Service: **
Ambience: ***
With Blue Legume opening up along Islington Upper Street, buggies tottering mothers are hanging out further away from Angel and towards Highbury and Islington station. Madam Chi, that has started business moments away from Highbury and Islington station is set to ride on the trend.

Serving cakes, tea and even wines, Madam Chi is perfect for hanging out for a lazy afternoons. With a sign that indicating that baby changing facility is available within, Madam Chi clearly targets stay at home parents. However, as it can only be found in the ladies toilet cubicle, I'm afraid it's only for mothers, sorry fathers. Not only that, the stairs to the second floor where the changing facility is are rather steep, not at all good if you are struggling with a baby unhappy about her wet nappies.

Apologies for dwelling on the baby change facility but that was what got us into Madam Chi in the first place. We saw shelves of books within only to find out that it was the wallpaper. There were some backdated magazines (Bazaar and Vogue I think) and even remnants of an encyclopedia set in case anyone would like to educate themselves about 'Opera' and 'Olympus, Mount' while they have their tea.


The slice of carrot cake that we got had a bit too much icing for our liking. But for those with a sweet tooth, I would say go for it. That, with a white chocolate truffle and a pot of breakfast tea thrown in set us back by £8.90.

With soft pop music playing in the background and free wifi, this is indeed a good place to chill. A bit more privacy can be had on the first floor seating area. From the looks of it, Madam Chi seems to be targeting parents with toddlers in the afternoon and those looking for a drink in the evening. An unlikely combination but who knows? Madam Chi might just pull it off.

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