Food review: Damascena, Moseley

Sat on the crossroads in Moseley Village, Damascena is the newest coffee shop and eatery to open its doors in the area. Described as ‘your local, far-away coffee house’, with Middle Eastern stylings, food and drink, it offers a unique café experience.

As well as the familiar range of coffee drinks made using espresso as a base, smiling and welcoming staff will serve you to speciality hot drinks too, like Walnut and Cinnamon Tea and Moroccan Mint Tea, the latter made with a handful of fresh and zingy mint, which fills the air with sweet aromas.

There’s a naturally well-lit main seating area at the front and in the back is a more dimly-lit, cosy snug area with low level tables.

Damascena serves good, fresh wholesome food in the form of salads, mezes and sandwiches, all at pretty amazing prices.

If you want to send your calorie intake through the roof, (and why not, you need them, it’s cold outside), then treat yourself to Afternoon Tea. Choose between different freshly-baked meat, fish or cheese Fatayers, (Arabian pastries), served with pickled chilies, olives and houmous, plus a choice of baklava and drinks.

Sat sipping authentically-served Turkish coffee in the lantern-lit back area in a cloud of e-cig vapour, we feel a thousand miles away from the Midlands winter. Talking of lanterns, Big Tent & the Gypsy Lantern were in there on the same day that we visited. If it’s good enough for a world-class folk band, then it’s good enough for us. Take the road to Damascena yourself sometime soon.

Ben Calvert

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