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Published November 26th 2011
Cosmopolitan Café Bondi Junction is an indoor and outdoor café located near the Roxy store on Oxford Street Mall, Bondi Junction. It has several strong points, but certain areas are a bit more of a miss rather than a hit. I came across this establishment after I had a fasting blood test and needed some food and it was the first place I saw, plus my friend recommended I eat there due to their extensive menu.
Service The staff at Cosmopolitan Café were very sweet and hospitable. I encountered several nice ladies who brought my food to me and were genuinely friendly. I sat outdoors which would ordinarily be fine but the lady requested that I pay prior to receiving my meal, which was slightly odd. It might just be my paranoia, but looking back - it almost seems that she feared that I'd have run away without paying or something. Nevertheless, the general attitude of staff was friendly and otherwise professional.
The pricing of my meal was adequate for a café in Bondi junction. I ordered a triple shot mocha, two poached eggs and bacon. The eggs were $8, the bacon was $2 and the coffee was about $5.50. My bill came to $15.50 which isn't too bad for the location. Of course, if comparing to buying eggs to the supermarket this seems like somewhat of a rip-off, but I'm not willing to go down that road in this review. Compared to other cafés, this price was adequate.
If only this coffee was worth the $5 I paid for it.
Food Quality The food quality is where my biggest concern was. So the pricing was relatively better than in other places, however, my eggs were delivered extremely quickly but they were cold. I ordered poached eggs and they weren't runny at all, which wouldn't have been a problem had I ordered hardboiled. My toast was hard and only lukewarm and the bacon was very hard – it just didn't taste freshly cooked, nor was it sizzling hot. Additionally, my triple shot mocha didn't taste that strong or nice. It just felt like my actual food was ordered by someone else, cancelled and brought to me. The food came out very quickly though, so if efficiency is more important to you, this might not be of much concern.
These also tasted worse than they look, but at least they're pretty, right?
The choice of outdoor seating makes it difficult to evaluate the atmosphere of Cosmopolitan on the whole. However, it was very nice outdoors and like I said earlier, the staff were nice. There are actually menus situated outdoors which means that you can grab one, peruse it and someone will come up to you. This removes much of the fuss of going somewhere, being seated and waiting for a menu.
You have a choice of many breads - white, wholegrain, rye and there might even be more. I chose rye.
Overall Verdict On the whole, I can't say that I'm thrilled with Cosmopolitan café in terms of food quality and I didn't particularly enjoy having to pay prior to finishing my food because it was almost like being treated as some sort of threatening criminal. My choice of the outdoor setting made for a good experience as inside appeared to be a bit more prone to claustrophobic reactions in comparison. The value for money was decent, especially considering the location. The menu is huge too, with a lot of choice. It's a shame that the aforementioned negativities exist because of the great location, lovely outdoor seating arrangement, staff and pricing which are great at Cosmopolitan. I might skip by and go to the Westfield food court next time though.