Sunday, July 19, 2009

RetRoWhat? Retro Cafe, Brunswick Street

You decide to spend your Sunday breakfast at Retro Cafe on Brunswick Street. You find a park right outside. Win a point.

Your coffee takes quite a while to arrive. Lose a point.

Your coffee tastes good. Win a point.

Your coffee is only a smidgen above lukewarm. Lose a point.

Your waiter seems friendly. Win a point.

Your waiter doesn't write anything down. Lose a point.

You explain that you are vegan, and immediately your waiter launches into a never-ending circular sentence while not looking at you and says that's perfectly fine but you should know that heaps of stuff is not like gluten free. Lose a point.

You tell her you are not gluten free. She looks a little confused. Lose a point.

She can tell you straight off that the mushrooms are soaked in butter before they are cooked. Win a point.

She goes to check if the hash browns are egg and dairy free and returns with a notepad. The hash browns are ok and she writes your order down, and everything seems cool. Win a point.

You wait and wait and wait. You finish your coffee and read the whole paper. Lose a point.

You ask another waiter if your breakfasts are on their way. Lose a point.

The second waiter takes a long time, but she does eventually bring your breakfast. Win a point.

With two poached eggs on top. Lose a point.

The first waiter returns, apologises, and says that the least they can do is not charge you for your coffees. Win a point.

She asks if you'd like new coffees. Win a point.

She says "Now both your coffees are regular milk, right?". Lose a point.

Your breakfast is actually pretty good. Homemade baked beans with cannellini beans and a light, fresh tomato sauce, hot and crispy hash browns, lots of fresh tasty spinach, a generous serve of avocado and seasoned tomatoes on (slightly under-toasted) muffins. You enjoy it. A lot. Win a point.

You forget to take photos because you're really darn hungry. Lose a point.

Your second coffees never arrive. Lose a point.


Lately I feel like may of my eatering out experiences have been marred by poor service, poor food or just general ickiness. Is anyone else getting the same?

5 comments:

Fitzroyalty said...

Sounds like the usual Retro service to me! A friend recently told me a similar story. After my own poor experiences it's been put on my 'only if everything else is closed and I'm desperate' list.

Vicki said...

I have been getting increasingly annoyed with eating out. My partner is constantly being given cheese when he specifically asks for dairy free food & I am just finding a lot of average found around. I also rarely get even an apology when people try to force animal products on me. I don't understand why everything thinks it is so hard - I am no chef & I can make tasty vegan food at home.

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Polka Dot Rabbit said...

I've been to Retro twice and the service was so appalling there will never be a third time.

Rose said...

LOL your posts make me laugh. People just dont get it do they.

Rose