A trip to Le Delice and Mondragone

Food
April 16, 2011 12:15 pm

The opening of Le Delice and the re-opening of Mondragone in the Village have been causing quite a stir around E17 of late. So, in the name of research, I decided to visit both of them and see what all the fuss was about.

Le Delice

I know a lot of people on our Facebook page have been talking about the opening of Le Delice, which is on Hoe Street, near the Rose & Crown pub. I went there for lunch, about 12.30ish on a Friday afternoon. It was reasonably busy but by no means packed. The decor and atmosphere were good, and it looks like there is plenty of space towards to back of the cafe.

 

Photo of sandwich at Le Delice

Mexican tuna sandwich and a coffee

I had a Mexican tuna sandwich and a latte. I originally ordered a Meat Feast Crepe but unfortunately it wasn’t available. They also sell a range of cakes and pastries, and they’ve got a separate ice cream bar. The sandwich was tasty and the coffee was reasonable. While I was there they shut the cafe for Friday Prayers, although they were happy for everyone who was already there to stay. It wasn’t a big deal, and didn’t really disrupt me.

I had another coffee when they started serving again. They seemed to get a bit flustered when it got busy and I was trying to pay, but the guy running it came up to me afterwards to apologise so it was fine. Overall I paid £4.80 for a sandwich and two coffees, and they were more than happy for me to linger with my coffee. They also have free wifi for customers, good if you’re working from home (as I was). I’d definitely go there again.

Mondragone

Mondragone has been shut in the Village for ages, so I’m generally glad that it has re-opened. I think the chap who runs it now has a connection to the old Mondragone, there is definitely a connection.

 

Photo of dinner at Mondragone

Pizza and pasta, and a glass of vino

We went on Friday evening and easily got a table, although it was quite bustling. The layout of the restaurant has changed but I have to say that it was not massively different to the old Mondragone. I had a pizza, Mrs Stow Scene had pasta, and the food was pretty tasty without being amazing. The vino was the same – a decent red which was reasonably priced and tasted fine. I can’t remember how much it was exactly (I know, what a rubbish restaurant critic!) but it wasn’t too expensive.

I kind of feel that Mondragone does what it says on the tin really – it’s alright, it’s reasonably priced, the food is all pretty good, it does a job. It might not be as nice as some of the other restaurants in the Village, but it’s also not as expensive. And, if you wander out for a few pints in the Village and you’ve forgotten to book a table anywhere else, Mondragone will sort you out. The Village needs somewhere like that, so I’m glad it’s open again.

You can also find a rather more professional review on the E17 Food & Drink website here.

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4 Comments

  • The only connection is…. It’s the old chef from
    Mondragone THAT IS ALL

  • They make a big thing about this place and a full page of publicity. Yet, they do not give you an address where it is. Walthamstow is a big place. How people are supposed to know where this is if they want to come.? A lot of bull and irrelevant/unnecessary info so often. Honestly!

  • That is quite a big connection being the same chef as before and it quite clearly stated that the restaurant is in the village! There is mainly only one place it could be in the village and that is where all the other restaurants are, and that’s orford road. Honestly! It’s not rocket science people. I thought it was a good review.

  • I AM SO GLAD THAT MONDRAGONE REOPENED IS SO GOOD NOW WE ALL MISS SO MUCH THE ITALIAN PIZZA FRIENDS AND FAMILLY PLACE I LOVE IT JUST THE BEST IN THE VILLAGE AFFORDABLE AND GOOD FOOD DONT FORGET THE SERVICE JUST THE BEST

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