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Published February 3rd 2013
Finding out that the movie session one planned to go to is sold out and that there is a forty minute wait until the next one can be quite the downer. However, having a selection of available cafes across the road sure does make the wait easier, especially when they look as respectable as Deco Cafe.
The choice to go there was not a difficult one once I saw that everywhere around it was busy. My wait for the film session wasn't that long and none of us wanted to risk being late. The trio I was in sat at an outside table and ordered quickly. Not a grand round of drinks by any means, there was a decaf latte, a hot chocolate, and a champagne cocktail. The coffee came out quickly and was fairly standard, not great but there was nothing too wrong with it either.
Around this point we noticed a strong division in the quality of service. One of our waitresses was lovely and accommodating, the other was quite stand-offish. After a good quarter of an hour the slightly aggressive waitress delivered to me my cocktail. For the menu price I was expecting a semi decent grade of champagne. My expectations were not met. It was drinkable sure, but certainly not yummy, and the sugar cube was soaked in so much bitters that the drink came out a dark orange and tasted rather astringent. Another fifteen minutes later the final beverage arrived at our table. A simple hot chocolate, with plum coloured lipstick dried all over the rim of the glass. The girl who ordered it didn't notice, but I did, and mentioned it to the nicer waitress. She apologised and took it back inside. By the time the replacement was brought out it was time for its drinker to scull the warm flavoured milk and for me to pay the bill so we could run across the road to make the movie.
Even paying was not an easy affair. When handing over money for poor service and crappy quality, and doing it without being at all antagonistic I expect not to be scowled at or have the bill tray snatched from my hand. It's a good thing that there are so many choices opposite Rivoli cinemas, because that place isn't one I'm going to be going to again any time soon.
As the Rivioli is my fav theatre, I am pleased to know -- until improved -- to avoid DECO. I've gone there a few times and was not impressed, but they stay in business because it is convenient. Not good enough reason to patronize the place.
I feel like this post is irrelevant to Weekend Notes - this site is about fun and interesting finds in Melbourne. Positive things - not negative reviews based upon one person's experience. It may have been bad, but I don't think the point of this site is what to avoid, it's where to go!
I disagree with 'Stefa'. It's nice to see a bit of criticism mixed in with all the 'happy' reviews. It reminds us that what we're reading isn't just something composed to sell a place or event, or to try to fit in with the general vibe of a website.