Posts Tagged ‘coffeeshop’

Warehouse Assemblage cappuccino (two shots)

November 12, 2022

Best of intentions of mice and men.

Cloudy and very cold. A day for Benake Museum. Then maybe Samba coffee shop.

Delayed by Athens Marathon street party.

Walking through National Garden, told entrance closed, have to leave via Syntagma entrance.

I decide to give Samba a miss and head for Warehouse Assemblage.

On a previous visit, single shot cappuccino too weak. I try double shot.  Better. Espresso far better.

Very cold. Call it a day and not go out to Plaka for dinner.

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In Love Again cake

November 8, 2022

I had stopped at Cocona and had a bite to eat, then food and drink at a private party at Merlin Cafe.

I decided to skip dinner, have coffee and one if their delicious looking cakes at In Love Again.

No coffee, a private function, but I could have a cake.

I could not describe the cake other than to say delicate, subtke and delicious.

Pho at Coco Tang

March 29, 2022

Previous week, a cappuccino at Coco Tang. A week on I thought try the food. Compared with my previous visit, a grave disappointment.



Lunchtime, packed. I wandered off to Kigali, had a coffee, returned mid-afternoon, now empty.

Pho, Vietnamese soup, not to be confused with Pho a corporate chain serving fake Vietnamese street food coupled with poor service and high staff turnover.

A long wait from taking my order. A very large bowl of soup, slivers of beef, noodles, with a side dish of red hot chilli peppers and bean sprouts and a couple of leaves.

Only when my soup bowl was taken away, did the waitress tell me what I thought was a side dish, was meant to be added to the soup. Why would I add a cold side dish to hot soup, why was I not told this at the time it was delivered to my table?

The slices of red hot chile pepper on the side plate, were not deseeded, hence very hot, but I was not warned. Contrast with Paste, nearby Thai restaurant, where they do warn.

Pho ok, but at the end of the day a bowl of soup, albeit a large bowl of soup. £10-50 for a bowl of soup.

I followed with a cappuccino. A disappointment compared with what I had the previous week.

I looked at the cocktails, £10 for an espresso martini, using poor quality coffee liquor.

To add insult to injury, 10% service charge sneaked onto my bill. Discretionary. No, it is not discretionary if added to my bill without my consent. And for what, a bowl of soup and a coffee brought to my table.?

To put in context, a three course lunch at Paste, less than a tenner. Or excellent lunch at Ugly Bread Bakery for a fraction of the price.

A very disappointing visit.

Takeaway coffee The Rabbit Punch

December 4, 2020

Three weeks ago Thursday, Athens lockdown day six, an afternoon walk to The Rabbit Punch.

An afternoon a walk to The Rabbit Punch, sister coffee shop of The Underdog.

Each time never again. This the third time. Is it worth the climb?

Google maps says 25 minutes. I take the side streets, don’t get lost, I manage a little over 30 minutes.

I sit outside with a takeaway coffee.

The Rabbit Punch is opposite a square with a church. It would be a pleasant location, except a busy junction and usually heavily polluted with traffic. At least not as polluted during lockdown with little traffic.

Μ Ν ΣΑΚ ΚΟΥ ΛΑΚ

December 1, 2020

Walking from Kolonaki Plaza to Duo Goulies & Duo Mpoukies via a route I have not walked before I pass by an interesting coffee shop, Μ Ν ΣΑΚ ΚΟΥ ΛΑΚ, state of the art equipment, coffee shop for the bookshop of a publisher.

Horrendous location, busy polluted main road, or would be but for lockdown.

The coffee served Redd. I do not stop a coffee as earlier I had had a cold brew from Redd.

Kudu revisited

November 28, 2020

The day before lockdown Friday three weeks ago, a cold day, gale blowing, cloudy, no sun. A day for the Metro, visit the suburbs. Also the last day this would be possible, as would not be able to travel on the Metro during lockdown, or at least not without a plausible excuse and prior consent.

A trip to Cholargos to visit Eat Me, Metro, then 418 bus. Returning on the 418 bust, as I approached the Metro station I knew where I was, hop off the bus and whilst in the locality, pay a visit to Kudu which I had visited last year.

Kudu was surprisingly very busy for a coffee shop in lockdown, takeaway only.

Have a takeaway coffee and a bite to eat.

New Synesso espresso machine. They have bought two for lockdown. They expect to be busy.

The shelves were almost bare, restocked whilst I was there. But why bring boxes of coffee in large cardboard boxes, to then throw away, why not reuse the boxes? Why bring coffee in bags, why not in large reusable food grade plastic boxes for coffee brewed in the coffee shop?

Coffee on the shelves has meaningless best by, even worse a date that is two years hence. Best by is meaningless for coffee. Only meaningful date is the roast date.

Last year, The Underdog coffee in Nespresso capsules. Kudu doing the same.

Why stock tea pigs? Not quality tea.

Eat Me Cholargos

November 28, 2020

The day before lockdown Friday three weeks ago, a cold day, gale blowing, cloudy, no sun. A day for the Metro, visit the suburbs. Also the last day this will be possible, as would not be able to travel on the Metro during lockdown, or at least not without a plausible excuse and prior consent.

First Cholargos to visit Eat Me, Metro, then 418 bus. Cannot get on where driver is sat, have to get on at exit. No idea how to pay. Some have a card, others simply walk on.

Eat Me a typical bakery serving coffee, no ambience. I did not like. A bakery cum, coffee shop. The coffee though good, as was my cake.

Coffee sourced from Dimello.

Not somewhere I would go out of my way to, but if lived or worked in the locality, then yes would pop in for a coffee.

Hop back on No 418 bus.

CupZ

November 26, 2020

Three weeks ago Wednesday I passed by CupZ.

I have often passed by in the past and not given a second glance. Maybe unfair to describe as a greasy spoon cafe, last year serving commercial corporate coffee, certainly not a specialty coffee shop. Now serving taf.

Out of curiosity I stopped and tried a coffee. Weak and insipid. I poured it away.

Spoilt for choice in the vicinity for excellent coffee shops. Mokka, Foyer, Duo Goulies & Duo Mpoukies, Just Made 33 or walk to Taf which is not far away (and where ironically I had just been only to find closed).

Takeaway coffee Duo Goulies & Duo Mpoukies

November 25, 2020

Wednesday three weeks ago, wandering the streets of Athens to find a police station, getting lost, seeing what is open.

Tuesday, the day before, all bars, restaurants and coffee shops ordered to close, can serve takeaway only.

I am trying to find police station. Google maps not a lot of use in Athens due to tall buildings. I repeatedly get lost. But getting lost in Athens no great loss as find new things would not otherwise find.

I know where I am. The square police station is located on I am familiar with. Had I known this I could have headed for the square and arrived hours sooner. <

I walk down the side of the square where police station is allegedly located, Can I find? No.

But all is not lost, at the bottom of the street a church I know under renovation and one of my favourite coffee shops, Duo Goulies & Duo Mpoukies, which better still I find open serving coffee out of a side window.

Coffee shop. I eat, have coffee, charge phone.

Where once served taf coffee, no no longer, now Roller Roasters.

I am treated to an espresso of Brasilin beans. Excellent, and I usually do not like espresso.

Police station is in the street but hidden. Two police cyclists explain to me how to find.

Takeaway coffee at Just Made 33

November 25, 2020

Three weeks ago, wandering through the streets of Athens to see what was open.

Tuesday, the day before, all restaurants bars and coffee shops ordered to close. They could serve takeaway if chose to do so.

Just Made 33, open for food and coffee take away only.

Can sit on a wall outside with a takeaway coffee but cannot sit at a table outside. Inside people waiting to order a coffee, if tables outside would be socially distanced served by a waitress. Not that tables outside would be possible due to a hole in the street. There was a hole in the street last year. I inquire of a lady taking notes. An ancient wall has been unearthed. It is being documented then the hole carefully infilled.


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