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Mister Close Cafe

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Published December 3rd 2011
Swanston Street and Bourke Street. Yes I know. It's that concrete intersection of lights, billboards, trams, tourist information volunteers, pedestrians and those mysterious pizza and pasta eateries that look like they belong on the Gold Coast's Cavil Avenue.

Fear not. Instead of having to walk to Plantation, BBB or Naked Espresso you can head straight to Mister Close which is within the Midtown Plaza. Don't know where that is? It's just near the Telstra store, or near the escalators that take you down to Dick Smith. What? You didn't know there was a Dick Smith there? Oh dear.

I have been here quite a few times for coffee and food so I'll say a few things. Their food has always been great. Since their opening week or opening month, the food has always been damn good. They're active on Twitter and always talk about updating their menu and keeping things fresh, which they do. Their coffee wasn't always good. THAT BEING SAID their coffee has gotten much better. I don't mean to say that they served awful coffee but at times it was 'just' another coffee.

Now their coffee is amazing.

They have also received quite a lot of mixed reviews. Varying comments about staff politeness, to varying service, to food quality and coffee temperatures. Some of the reviews are and were quite scathing and negative. In all the times I have been here I have never had a bad experience, and nor has anyone I know.

Anyway, they have water at tables, full table service and I believe they just got their liquor license too, which may mean they'll reopen on Sundays.

Single origin. Costa Rica. Hacienda. La minita.
Spices are coming through here. Cinnamon clutches my tongue for a millisecond then disappears into the night, leaving me wanting more. There may even be a bitter fruit, lingering there too. There is also a slight caramel tang in the background. This delicious cup makes me think of mulled wine for some reason.

Don't be put off by what you have read else where, don't be put off by how busy they are, see for yourself just how good they really are.
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Why? An an island of refuge in amongst the concrete blandness.
When: Monday to Friday - 7am to 4pm, Saturday 9am to 4pm, Sunday CLOSED
Where: Shop 13, Midtown Plaza, 246 Bourke St Melbourne, (Enter from Swanston St)
Cost: $3.50 - $20.00
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