Pivaz, CM16 4AP
- 01992 571440
- 238-240 Epping High Street, CM16 4AP
This one has a interesting interior with several different areas. The decor is upmarket without being pretentious, and detailed without being garish. Near the entrance is a red velvet banquette area, with small tables set near the windows. The space leads around here past a bar with half a dozen bar stools and a couple of little tucked away cubbyholes for a more private experience. Finally there's a larger dining space with a semi-open kitchen at the back, seating around 36 on comfortably-padded blue velour chairs and banquettes.
Kake visited on a Friday lunchtime in June 2017. There were quite a few people in when I arrived around 12:30pm, more than half-filling the largest dining space, and by 1pm this space was almost full. Some sort of music was playing, but it was very quiet and entirely drowned out by conversation.
I went for one of their breakfast/brunch dishes: menemen (eggs scrambled with tomatoes) with feta (£8 including bread plus £2 for the feta) photo. I'd never had this dish before, so I don't know how this version compares to others, but I thought it was pretty good. The eggs had a relatively loose texture which was good for scooping up with the accompanying fresh, soft flatbread. They were well seasoned too, and had a good tomato flavour. The feta came in large cubes mixed in with the eggs, which worked well; I did suspect it might have got a bit samey without that addition.
Service was welcoming and efficient. Tap water was brought on request, in a jug which was poured for me and then taken away again, though it wasn't too hard to get their attention for a refill later. No service charge was added to the bill.
Child-friendliness: They have at least one highchair (without tray). There were several children in on our visit, ranging from a baby to a couple of preschoolers.
Accessibility: It looks flat at the entrance, but there's a step just inside. The toilets and some of the seating are on the same level, and there's another step to the largest dining area. The ladies' is a single fair-sized cubicle, though the door opens inwards.