An indispensable part of Beijing brunch culture, café chain Moka Bros serves up a variety of wholesome bites, ranging from power bowls and soups, to sandwiches and waffles. Try the smoked tofu banh mi (60RMB) with its punchy combination of smoked tofu, hummus, pickled veggies, coriander and sriracha sauce, or one of their filling grain bowls (58-78RMB), made with rice, quinoa and mix of toppings.
Moka Bros is another all-around hit from what seems to be one of Beijing’s most reliable restaurant teams. Joining elder sister Mosto in Nali Patio, this ground-floor café offers a relaxed, low-key vibe that will suit quick mid-week lunches or drinks and bites with friends.
Branded as a healthy food eatery, Moka Bros highlights fresh and complex flavours. The tenderloin steak avocado wrap (68RMB) has been added to our list of favourite sandwiches in the city. The jalapeños bring a sizable kick tempered ever-so-slightly by creamy avocado. Chunks of tender meat fill out the wrap, though the small size may have hungry eaters craving more. The same goes for the delicate parma ham (68RMB) and the turmeric-spiced chicken Moka club sandwich (58RMB). Both make a better casual lunchtime bite than evening meal.
For a larger option, the rice and noodle-based ‘power bowls’ are big enough to fill the hungriest tummies. A standout for us was the soba fix (48RMB), a warm noodle bowl dripping with peanut sauce and full of crunchy vegetables. After all the whole grains and vegetables, it’s acceptable to indulge in some dessert at the end of the meal. Waffles and sweet crépes are great for sharing, but for something smaller, Argentinean sweet alfajores (three for 10RMB) are bite-size satiny morsels, while lemon squares (12RMB) will sate anyone that likes their desserts zesty and tart.
From the food to the stellar service, Moka Bros is the type of establishment that draws in crowds. Follow them.