Café Chic

Overall Rating: 3.950

Address: 7 Breda St.
Cross Street(s): Jasper St.
City, State ZIP: Cape Town, 8001
Neighborhood: Gardens
Phone: +27.21.465.7218
Hours: Tu-F 2pm-2am; Sa 9am-2am
Type of Establishment: Restaurant
Cafe Rating: 4.50
Barista: 2
Savvy: 2
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 7
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Brasilia
Coffee Rating: 3.40
Aroma: 4
Body: 3
Brightness: 4
Crema: 1
Flavor: 3
Taster's Correction: 2.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Ashy
Coffee Beans: Illy
Cup Manufacturer: Rosenthal
Price: $1.55
Last Update: 07/20/2010
First Reviewed: 07/20/2010
Notes: None

This is a restaurant and lounge-heavy lounge has a heavy chic decor, but the food is actually quite excellent. Unfortunately, none of that extends to their coffee service. Velvet curtains and chairs with smoky, electronic lounge music fills the bar - where they use a two-group Brasilia to pull shots of Illy. The resulting shots have almost no crema (what there is has a pale color) and a watery, ashy flavor that virtually ruins any meal as a closer. Drinking this stale coffee, with a seemingly out-of-service-tolerance espresso machine, makes you feel like you just smoked a cigarette. This was easily the worst espresso we had in Cape Town (california bad, even). Not coincidentally, it also has the least in common with the other shots we've had in terms of pedigree. R12.