Follow up - after a short absence, I returned here as it was the only place open on Australia Day Eve. Unfortunately, a. the atmosphere has changed considerably; the place was empty and the 'reel' table was gone. b. the coffee order was wrong; my long macchiato was conspicuously short, and c. the eggs came out pouched instead of scrambled. Shame, really.
This morning in this cafe the "owner and manger", a young blonde woman said to us "I hope you die". It began as we were paying our bill she asked how our meals were. I replied that I had to send mine back. She asked why? I described that the eggs were too salty and the mushrooms were tough and over cooked. She replied "Well you are NOT a nice person". She laughed at us, was defensive and rude and as we walked out after paying she said "I hope you die". My husband went back to her and questioned her and she continued her laughing mocking rude attitude. The most atrocious customer service I ever experienced. This place used to pump on a saturday morning, funny it was two thirds empty today... now there is just too much competition in Eltham to have both bad food and bad customer service! Save yourself the trouble and don't bother with the (not so) Zen Den!
So newly opened, that it hasn't even had the existing bike shop signs replaced, this place exudes eclectic Eltham with a massive mix of furniture (including a reel table) and funky decor accessories. The meals I saw come out around me looked generous and smelt great. Although the staff appeared green and aloof, the coffee was great; rich and creamy. Now is a time where I wish I knew how to better describe coffee with its numerous undertones etc, but I do know that this is pretty good coffee and the best I have tasted around Eltham.
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