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Published March 25th 2015
A quirky cafe on the North Shore
Located right next to Gordon train station, this French-Vietnamese fusion cafe on the North Shore is hugely popular amongst people of all ages. It doesn't matter if you go there at 6am on a Monday morning, or minutes before their closing time at 5.55pm on a Friday afternoon, there's bound to be people there with their newspaper, their dog or their friends.
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I decided to go there for an afternoon tea with friends, so unfortunately there was no Vietnamese-French fusion for me this time. Upon walking into the cafe, we were all immediately hit with the very alternative yet welcoming ambience of the cafe. Especially the amount of tin they use for the tiling, to the extent that even the bathroom doors were made out of tin.
I decided to have their strawberry milkshake with a biscuit. I have to admit, it took me a while to choose what to order, as everything inside the glass shelf looked amazing. It was a generous amount of milkshake (I had to share it with friends), and the biscuit was perfect to my taste- not too sweet but sweet enough.
My friend had one of their cupcakes. Of course, we all had some of that too. I'm not sure if they've got the space in the cafe to make these themselves, but nevertheless, you can't really go wrong with a cupcake, especially one of their really decorative ones.
My other friend had a meringue and a lemon meringue. To my taste, the meringue was way too sweet, but the lemon meringue suited my tastebuds. My two other friends, however, thought they were both amazing.
The staff were really friendly too, which is a plus on top of their quick and efficient service. They were willing to let us hog the table for more than 2 hours (I double-checked this with my watch) without any stares. They even kept returning to ask if we needed any other services.
And did I mention they have all-day brekky from 6am-3pm on weekdays? And from 7am-5pm on weekends? I am bummed out that I'd already eaten lunch on that day, so I couldn't fit much in my stomach, but next time I go there I will definitely try something from their breakfast menu.
Despite me mentioning earlier that I was full from my earlier lunch, I was still really full from the generous amounts of food that I ate. Overall, I enjoy having a quirky cafe like this on the North Shore- an area you wouldn't expect to see such things in. It seems like the perfect place for catchups, so I'll plan that for next time!