Well, for starters, this place is called 'Little Deer Tracks', though you wouldn't know this from outside the cafe, because there is no obvious name or logo! However I'd been hearing good things about this place for a year or so, and was glad to have a chance to come here. I was not disappointed. My long black had delightful citrus notes that had me come back for a second one, which was almost as good (the law of diminishing returns?). My breakfast was delicious and there is an extensive menu to please a variety of tastes. The atmosphere of the place is classic Melbourne cafe - light, airy, with a little grunge element reflecting its gritty northern suburbs location. I appreciated the sense of space and relaxed feel. While the staff look very casual, they were totally on the ball, and any requests seemed to be filled even before they were made. At one point it seemed almost telepathic, it was so good. I definitely recommend a visit.
Even with the atrocious review of this cafe I came here because it was closest....coffee was awesome, though a tad hot it was creamy and I liked the bean used. I had the gnocchi special, meant to be on a bed of lentil and tomatoe, way too much tomatoe, and bugger all lentils, gnocchi light and tasty but overall a dish rather lacking in any 'yum' factor.
On the recomendation of a friend I ventured north of Bell st. Is this where I would find the 'holy grail' a coffee worth paying for north of Brunswick and fitzroy. On arrival it looked the part a bit of trendy Brunswick creeping into Coburg. And that's where it ended, sad to say. staff looked out of there depth when confronted with a full house, we were escorted to our table and left for 10 minutes before a menu arrived. The coffee had a good consistency but was too hot and lacked the smooth rich flavour of a good quality bean. The menu was very standard nothing interesting or tempting. My holy grail still eludes me.
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