Looking for the perfect hummus experience in the middle of a European capital can be quite the challenge. Thankfully, we came across Café Mugrabi, hidden in one of Berlin’s hip districts. Being eager to get our paws and forks into it we made a reservation for a 10:30 breakfast on a chilly Saturday morning.
A cute and cosy place was just what we needed. The sole look of the place makes you feel warm in the grey German autumn. the cafe specialises in a fusion of Israeli and Maghrebi (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya and Mauritania) cuisine.
The girls say:
Caddy: There aren’t many places I enjoy being at that early on a Saturday morning, but Mugrabi was worth climbing out of bed for. It being baltic outside, I opted for a hot honey and lemon tea once inside. For €3 I thought it was a bit expensive. Maybe it was the cold, maybe it was the cosy atmosphere, but good gracious that was some good tea.
Once I saw Shakshuka on the menu I was sold. I haven’t had this dish since I lived in Budapest so I was excited to eat it again. It was pretty good and a good sized portion too. Another big win for me was the friendly staff. Customer service tends not to be Berlin’s strongest strength, especially when you don’t speak the language, but Mugrabi’s staff were both lovely and helpful. They even offered me more bread, it’s like they knew the way to my heart.
Overall rating: 7/10
Theresa: As a big coffee lover and caffeine addict I appreciate it when I find good coffee. At Mugrabi I found exactly that: black, strong and aromatic. But not only that convinced me – the food did also.
With Maghreb food in Berlin I am a bit sceptical since it often tends to be tasteless (which is a shame). After reading the menu over and over again, and the fact that Caddy and Marta wanted to also share their dishes (yes, know I have a decision problem) I went for the Hebron Labor Sandwich. The bread was really good (as a German I know what I am talking about) and it was accompanied by delicious roasted eggplant, goat cheese, za’atar and labane plus some aromatic spices. An explosion of tastes!
Each ingredient had its own aroma and tasted the right way. The only minus point: for that price (6.80€) there could have been a bit more on the plate. But I guess you pay for the experience.
The good coffee and food plus the nice atmosphere and staff are what makes Café Mugrabi the right place for a nice Saturday brunch with the girls if you want to try something new.
Overall rating: 7.5/10
Marta: Being the greedy goat, that I am, I decided to go all out and picked “Shabbat in Maghreb” – a set of 5 salads and dips served with delicious fresh flatbread. Could not eat it all by myself! Thankfully, I had my two little helpers with me.
The hummus was great, accompanied by all the traditional toppings and spices, but my heart goes to the carrots. It’s a simple, yet delicious snack, that I first fell in love with in Morocco earlier this year. Cafe Mugrabi definitely brought back some warm memories from North Africa.
Accompanied by an Arabic coffee with cardamon, my breakfast was close to perfect. A special mention goes to the serving plates and dishes. Café Mugrabi makes a lot of effort to keep everything authentic. My coffee even arrived brewed in a little metal pot so I could pour it myself into a little traditional cup. Plus, I got a sweet treat in the form of dried fruit to go with it. You could say I got an extra sexy date.
Overal rating: 8.5/10
Görlitzer Straße 58, 10997 Berlin