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Cimbalino Espresso - Cottesloe

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by Mellie M (subscribe)
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Published August 17th 2012
Cimba-liously good coffee @ Cottesloe
So here I am on a Friday afternoon between appointments on a sunny day at the beautiful Cottesloe. I was hungry and remembered that my friend's daughter made a strong recommendation for me to try Cimbalino out.

I must say I am not disappointed. The service when I walked in was prompt and friendly. As I placed my order, the cashier even took note of where I will be sitting. This is an extra cookie point for them, as they also gave me an order number. There are steps taken to make sure my order gets to me without any dramas.

I like that.

Alas, I did arrive too late for some real food.

The chef was on her way out as she is probably done with afternoon service. But not before she made me a recommendation on what to drink. I like milky drinks so she and the barista told me that I should try their chai latte. It is indeed a chai with a difference. If you have ever been to Asia (or Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore in particular), you may have tried this drink called the "yuen-yung" where it is a mix of coffee and tea. Their chai latte is precisely that. And chai-fied too! Pretty exciting for a drink.

I did manage to get some warm food from Cimbalino, which was their sweet corn and oyster mushroom soup. It was a clear consommé that did not disappoint. It had a certain home-made goodness, dished up with some aplomb. The downside - the chef was done for the day. The bread that came with the soup was tough to chew through, so I guess the ladies who were serving could afford to put in a little more effort by toasting the bread prior.

I have this thing about attention to detail when it comes to food.

As I sat quietly in a corner doing my work, I kept hearing the barista saying "Cimba" as drinks were served. Now that's something you won't experience anywhere else.

Cimba Counter

Finally, I was offered an pistachio custard croissant by the chef before she left (no, I didn't ask for it and I was moving incognito as usual). The pistachio did have a different bite and feel compared to almond croissants which I am a fan of, but I liked the taste of it. The custard was smooth and not too sweet - hitting the right notes with yours truly.

Cimba Croissant

This cafe is popular with both business people, as well as families with young children. Be sure to pop by Cimbalino when you are next in Cott!


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Why? Its Cimba-lious
When: Day time
Phone: (08) 9385 6177
Where: 16 Napoleon Street, Cottesloe
Cost: Below $15
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