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huey1914 reviewed ONA Marrickville
First the coffee. Started with a doppio, excellently pulled, lovely rich crema. I’m not the biggest fan of Colombia coffees but this one was worth coming back for. Colombia, El cruce - washed. Then had a latte with my toastie. Choose ‘the founder’ coffee. Very happy with the choice of beans, the brew and the milk was very well textured. The food was nice but very pricey, (I miss Melbourne’s cafés), had a mushroom toastie which was nice but nothing to write home about. $14!!!!! The service. Well it is very busy so don’t expect prompt service. If a bit more than apathy is your cup of tea, give this place a miss. If you’re in a hurry, go elsewhere. The barrista did manage a smile, but the other guy last smiled 20 years ago and he’s only 19. So, for reasonably priced food or quick service with a smile, give it a miss. However, for excellent coffee, and if you’re willing to wait for it, I highly recommend this place.
Amazing coffee! Had a flat white with my eggs in toast (highly recommended) and a doppio to finish off. Flat white was the best I have tried in a long time! Coffee not lost in a sea of milk, texture exactly as it should be. Doppio was pulled perfectly, not too wild about the choice of beans but still a very enjoyable experience. Very fruity with a lot of punch. Highly recommended.
huey1914 reviewed Empire Specialty Coffee
Started off with a Doppio - excellently pulled, very bright and fruity, temperature was perfect. Followed the doppio with a cortado, not often you see that on a coffee shop’s menu. The cortado was perfect. Went very well with the excellent breakfast crumpet. Next time I’m in Brisbane I’ll do an Arnie.