I love opening a door at the back of a bricked lane way to find that behind the door are sounds and smells hurrying me inside to join the party. It's almost too much of a cliché, but the social energy behind the door was as warm as soup, a blanket and your favourite movie/video game on rainy Sunday night.
Chez Dre is known for its pastries, cakes, food and are pretty serious about their coffee. They have a Synesso coffee machine which to some people it means the world and to others it means "I hope the barista knows how to use it properly".
Lines of people. Groups. Singles and pairs. Benches, communal tables, couple tables, sweets and pastries and enough floor staff to match. The weather either had a lot to do with the amount of people in here, or perhaps they are always busy on a Saturday.
I got a seat, a menu, and took in the scene. I inquired about the single origin coffee they advertised on the menu and found out it was a Tanzanian, roasted by The Mailing Room. The girl who was serving me admitted she didn't know much about coffee and couldn't tell me much about it. I ordered an espresso and a Goat's Cheese salad to satiate the pangs of hunger plaguing my insides.
For a place this big, with the amount of customers in here, the floor staff and the size of the kitchen and sweets area, the service time was pretty good, I have waited longer and smaller places with more staff.
Single origin. Tanzanian. Roasted by The Mailing Room. Crema was quite dark and patchy. A thick and rich body with burnt caramel flavours. There was a smokiness that stuck to the roof of my mouth too, which I liked.