It is refreshing to have a coffee lounge that is open late into the evening and it’s all thanks to Madam Chi. At least you can go here and not have to worry about the time.
Madam Chi is spread over two floors and we chose to have our drinks on the upper level this time. There is a cushioned bench like sofa along one wall and also normal table and chairs. Various books are dotted around on one of the shelves along the wall.
As expected, Madam Chi’s does a range of coffees and teas but it also serves wine. The Darjeeling Earl Grey was served in a big clear pot, and it was with fresh tea leaves. It had a fantastic flavour and there was so much so tea. We couldn’t finish the pot between the two of us.
The staff were really friendly and gave us service with a smile. Even though they had an event planned on the upper floor, they allowed us to go and have our tea there. When it got closer to the time of the event, the staff politely said that we could take our tea downstairs and they made sure that we did not feel uneasy about having to move.
Just a note, the menu for the hot drinks is not on the wall behind the counter. Instead it is on the wall opposite the counter. So, when you walk into Madam Chi’s, you would have your back to it. We couldn’t spot the menu when we entered and had to have it pointed out by the staff.
Madam Chi Coffee Lounge, 187 Upper Street, Islington, London, N1 1RQRating: