I visited this cafe on Saturday morning with my partner and his child. While it was a rather busy time, we were promptly served and got a table. The service was efficient and friendly. The interior was nice and I was impressed by the efficient use of a rather tiny space. They have three long benches to accommodate more clients without congesting the place. They use Veneziano Folza, so I chose it as flat white. It was honestly not too bad. Coffee was delivered promptly, while form was rather coarse compared with other speciality cafes. So the texture was not so creamy but still tasted OK as I did not find unpleasant bitterness in my cup. We all ordered breakfast. The menu looked find as most food looked like authentic cafe food with a little twist. Possibly they must be fantastic four or five years ago, but now, many newer cafes offer more creative menus. The kid's menu was delivered quick (maybe because it was just a toastie) but adult food took a while. It was fine as it was a busy time but I would have appreciated if they could have given us an estimate of our wait. Unfortunately, bread was stale and dry. The portion was generous, which was good, but rather greasy and bland. This place may be good if you are nearby and drink milk based coffee or catch up with friends without worrying about whether a table is available, but I might drive a few streets down if I want a good cup of coffee or better food.
Last time I went there for lunch the waiter tried to talk me out of ordering what I wanted. And then forgot to bring me the sides I ordered. This time I sat there for 15 and no one took my order. Three other parties arrived in that time and were promptly take care of. SERIOUSLY NOT GOOD ENOUGH.
Friendly service and cute fitout but not a memorable coffee. I visit this area often but won't be returning to Ashton and Old. Might be more enjoyable as a takeaway on the way to work for locals though as the traffic can be a bit noisy. This place has potential but is just not quite up there yet in my opinion. Barista should keep up the practise :)
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