Cafes in the city are usually crammed with business-people, or tourists, or both. And if they aren't, it's because they're too far away from the shopping district to walk to. Lucky, Dome being tucked away in Trinity Arcade means it's not too busy and it's close to the Hay and Murray Street shops.
Boasting a small courtyard for those al fresco diners, as well as a mix of tables for two or booths for groups, Dome is a great place for either a lunch break or a catch-up coffee/cake session. Their prices are reasonable, and they have a good range of hot and cold drinks, light snacks and full meals with dessert options.
On this occasion, I opted for a ham and cheese croissant ($8.95) and Orange Pekoe tea ($4). My croissant was a little bit over-toasted but still edible. The teapot held enough for several serves, which was nice, and I was given a small jug of milk with my tea, which was a bit odd since Pekoe is traditionally drunk black. I appreciated the thought, anyway.
The service is fairly prompt and the staff pleasant. At quiet moments you can hear music in the background, meaning no horribly awkward silences if you happen to be there on a quiet day.
If you're in need of some breakfast, lunch or snack and a nice sit-down (not offered by many coffee bars around the city) Dome is definitely a good option with its medium price point and relaxed atmosphere.