R usually gets home from work about 4pm. If I am at home we usually go out for a walk and often have coffee while we are out, thereby undoing the good work the walk is doing.
We started to go to Cafe 434, oddly located at 434 St Kilda Road. They have a very nice outdoor seating area and the coffee and service is good. All well.
Yet, a couple of visits ago when we arrived for coffee at 4.30, we were told the coffee machine had just been turned off. Ok, must be closing. We had a beer each instead.
The next time, same thing again. We were told we could have drinks but the coffee machine was off. We went elsewhere.
And again last week, same story. We can only conclude the owner has decided selling drinks is more profitable than coffee. It is his business and he can do what he likes, but he has lost us as customers. We have had the odd lunch there too. We won't again. I would like to go back one more time to hand the loyalty card back and tell him why.
The trouble living here is that everything starts to shut down when offices close, so there is not a lot of choice for a good cup of coffee nearby. I automatically discount Gloria Jean as it has lousy coffee and in a paper cup.
There is the new Cafe Vue opposite but we already had issues with just two visits.
A friend recently asked to we ever go to the steak restaurant at No 1 Queens Road. We haven't, although a person in the murky past thought it was good. She also asked if we go to the Royce Hotel. We have not been there either.
To be honest, I thought The Royce looked too posh for us. I feel intimidated in such places. However, we wanted coffee and we wanted it now and drizzle had started so we needed somewhere outdoors with umbrellas and The Royce had just that. The coffee was great, the staff friendly and we will be back there many times in the future I think.
The odd thing about Cafe 434 turning their coffee machine off is that you can buy coffee in almost every decent hotel now, yet not in the cafe. Ah well, his loss.