People know me to be quite tough. I have a bit of a reputation. Let’s just say tramps don’t want to mess with me in GTA V because I’m quite handy with a golf club. And Nazis/innocent bystanders don’t mess with me in Call of Duty. And Princess Peach doesn’t mess with me in Mario Kart 7. This hardnut persona translates seamlessly into the people world and means I can march fearlessly into even the lariest KFCs on Friday night, though I’m always careful to keep one hand tightly curled around my trusty (if unreliable) can of pepper spray.
I was bristling with ill demeanour as I approached Mugi (https://mugicoffeebar.wordpress.com/) in Ealing as Serbians also have a reputation for toughness. And I was right to be in a way as the door was a little stiff so I had to give it a shove. But once inside, we were warmly ignored as it was quite busy so we picked out a table and waited to be served. As well as being a Serbian restaurant, it is also a Serbian deli and a greasy spoon serving a variety of manual labourers. There was a bewildering array of items on offer, not all of which appeared on the menu. When we asked the friendly waitress pointed us at the authentic stuff. Mrs Del Monte opted for the roast pork with chips and I chose Podvarak, a sauerkraut, sausage and pork rib stew. I had to ask for the Podvarak to be reheated as it arrived tepid, but once it was core-of-the-sun-scalding it went down a treat.
£18 with drinks (no booze) and I’d definitely go back if I can brave Ealing Common which is, let’s face it, just a fancy name for West Acton.
15 Station Parade
Tel: 020 8992 9444