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Published November 3rd 2011
Mee too? This café certainly was trying to encourage diners in, but as we found out once you are there, the attention can be lacking.
Front of Mee Too Cafe & Bar
Ordering brunch on a late Sunday morning seemed like a good idea. However, the reality of the service at Mee Too Cafe & Bar was not quite the experience we had hoped for.
We choose a table close to a lit heater since the weather was still cool enough to be chilly at times. This position did leave us a little out of view from those serving in the café, apart from the bar staff. After browsing through the menu a couple of times and keeping an eye out to signal a waiter, we quickly discovered we were out of sight and out of mind.
Twenty minutes later a waiter finally did come into view easily enough to call attention to ourselves, but it was odd that no one had come round to ask if we wanted something to drink at least. Figuring that we may not see the waiter again for another twenty minutes we ordered coffees and our meals all at once. I also ordered some tap water.
The meals came within a reasonable time and the food was of a decent quality in taste. Yet the water I had ordered did not come. After managing to catch a waiter's eye fifteen minutes into our meal, I requested water again. The waiter assured us that he would bring it directly, which did not happen.
I realised that there were only two waiters on service, but it the café was not full of customers and having to request water a second time did not leave the impression of good service.
Deciding to try and catch the waiter's eye a third time to request water seemed to be the next course of action. Unfortunately, no waiter did come our way again and even though there was another couple sitting outside as well, they would go straight to that couple then return inside without glancing our way at all.
View of the bar inside
I then made the choice to get up and go to the bar to request the water from the barman. He politely informed me he would bring the water over himself. I went back to our table and waited.
We had finished our meal and no water had come. In the end we left without water having been served and disappointment with the service offered. The meal and the coffees had been nice enough to enjoy, but the lack of service had convinced us not to venture to this café again. Prices were fair with a small breakfast costing around $9 dollars, which includes: bacon, toast, eggs, a hashbrown, and grilled tomato.
Café customers can make up their own minds as to whether Mee Too Café & Bar is worth the wait, but for my part, I am inclined to find new brunch spots or else return to old brunch places, which I have found consistently reasonable in both quality of food and service. For example, Café Andiamo on Degraves Street in Melbourne's CBD has a fine range of food choices for breakfast or lunch and waiters are usually easy to flag down (or will come to you).