I get that, I really do. The Coffee Club (for some people) is a great place, while for other people they believe the food to be overpriced and an establishment with crappy service. I tend to not write many (if any) reviews (positive or otherwise) on franchise cafes, yet on this occasion The Coffee Club at the Norwest Business Park in Baulkham Hills actually deserves this from me.
The ambience is stunning, except for a couple of couches that should be replaced due to some normal wear and tear. Otherwise the outdoor areas, and for any area if you choose to sit on a normal chair and table, the decor is fantastic. A well organised store with pretty good customer service. It is rare to find only mature staff working in a franchised establishment. So often you see so many young people who don't fully appreciate good customer service yet.
All good. The display cabinets look attractive and the all day breakfast menu is (once again) a great idea. The pancakes with ice cream, cream and maple syrup ($12.90) made way for a filling afternoon treat. The pancakes themselves were well whipped and cooked evenly. It was great to be able to choose where to pour the maple syrup, only to finish this simple treat with a strawberry thereafter. The cream melted relatively quickly due to the hot weather (this end of Sydney is always hotter than the city) yet the serving scoop was rather generous. I felt quite full afterwards.
A jug of water was handy, and was served in a unique bottle with The Coffee Club logo on it. Otherwise, something tropical was called for due to the heat. Ordering a small pine lime iced frappe ($5.90) was a decision well made. The bright green colour may have been off putting, yet the taste was just right in terms of flavours and the chill factor. The ice was blended just right, and if you can think back to the Splice ice creams, the tropical lime flavour was identical to this Streets ice cream sensation. You can choose to enjoy this treat with ice cream if you wish. I just wanted some ice.
All in all a positive coffee club experience. There is ample seating and the store is always clean. The Coffee Club at Norwest Business Park also goes above and beyond being a simple cafe by day. For the month of November 2012 free live music is on every Friday and Saturday night from 6:30pm. Otherwise being pioneers of the innovative after 5pm menu is worthy of your consideration if you happen to be enjoying the facilities nearby.
For starters, The Coffee Club at Norwest has staked its claim at being a kid friendly establishment. Why? With the purchase of a main meal after 5pm, kids eat for free. Otherwise if you come here on any given Tuesday after 5pm, your meals are 20% cheaper. If you come here every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night, a selection of beer, wine and spirits can be purchased for only $5 as per the cafes happy hour.
If you're a member or a visitor to the nearby Virgin Active Health Club, The Coffee Club is a great mecca to help you unwind after your workout before heading home if you wish to do this. Otherwise this establishment is right near Adina Apartment Hotel Norwest, Norwest Marketown, The Hillsong Performing Arts Academy and Bella Vista Farm. If you're a guest staying at the nearby Adina Apartment Hotel, a menu to The Coffee Club Norwest is available to view in your room before heading up for a brief walk to the Atlas centre. The menu item also indicates which items are gluten free and suitable for vegetarians. Nice one.
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That's a really interesting way to serve the pancake, cutting out the circle and then serving it on the side. But I guess it works. Your ice cream is less likely to slide off, but you still get to eat all of the pancake. Haha