Friday, September 30, 2005

Coffee Shop Update #2

Day #2, or Some People Just Never Learn

Lucky Start Chinese Takeaway - The Downs Shopping Centre

Ok, so you probably are thinking to yourself, why would you get coffee from a Chinese Takeaway? It's a quick story. I live in Springvale, which some people have referred to as "the burbs", due to its distance from the city. Well where I work, it's another 20 minutes south-ish from there. It's, quite frankly, in the middle of nowhere. So the only place to go for lunch is dodgy takeaways, in and around The Downs.

However, the Lucky Start Chinese Takeaway has one thing going for it. Homemade dim sims. Tasty treats! Magnificent morsels! They really are that good. So, craving said delicacies, I noticed that they also serve Coffee. For the interests of Science, the continuation of this blog, and my own well being, I ordered one short black.

I should have realised there was some issues, when the serving girl had to ask directions from her boss on how to use the coffee machine. I watched her do it, and within a minute, I’m sure I could deliver coffee from that machine. She pressed 1 button. 1 Button! Why she needed directions, I'll never know. Another sign of worry was that there was no fresh grinding of coffee. She merely scooped it out of a jar, placed it into the "puck" (no tamping) and pressed a button. Here I was thinking that being a Barista was an art form. Oh, and a short black usually comes in a small glass/cup. Not this place.

Well, after all this, you'd probably think that the coffee would be awful. Well, it was. But, even though it was a) made by someone who clearly had no idea b) was using poor coffee c) was from a Chinese Takeaway store - it actually was better than my first entry at Coffee Corner. Then again, that's probably not a hard thing to achieve.

However, the homemade dim sims were excellent, and as I was hungry - just what I needed, so the coffee gets a better score. No Quiche-style jokes here, just a below-average coffee, and some good homemade dim sims. 3 Cups out of 10.

(Addendum next time I will be trying the other coffee place at The Downs, perhaps it can save some face for this very 80's looking shopping centre)

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