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NOT: Café Conti – 1/102 Kedron Brook Rd, Wilston.

Princess and I recently embarked on a Saturday morning, post-run indulgence of a facial and massage treatment up on the North Side.  After an hour of pain (running, naturally) and then an hour and a half of pleasure (yep, facial), we figured the only thing that could top this off would be a feast of tasty bacon and eggs, to undo all our hard work.

One of the therapists recommended Café Conti at Wilston, so off we went in our post massage haze.  Upon arrival to the busy café we weren’t really greeted, but rather grunted at.  I shook this off as my own fault for being in such a daze and not being aware that the waitress was waiting to seat us.  We were pointed towards a seat outside in partial sun and the waitress took our coffee orders.

As we glanced over the menu, the first thing we both noticed was the firm instructions at the top of the menu – they were hard to miss after all.  Bold print, asterisks, do’s and don’ts were plastered all over the first 5 lines of the menu – alarm bells quickly woke me from my state of dopey contentment.  It was clear that this was one menu we couldn’t mess with.

Not game enough to ask for any menu variations (for fear the chef may do something untoward to my dish, or potentially cop an additional nasty fee for being inconvenient) both Princess and I chose the Conti Breakfast of bacon, 2 poached eggs, basil pesto roast tomato and thick toast ($13.70).  At this stage we were still waiting for our coffees.

To Café Conti‘s credit, the breakfast was well cooked and the basil pesto was an unusual, but nice touch to the tomato.  The bacon was ample and crispy and the eggs were poached perfectly.  Our coffees however were fairly standard and didn’t arrive until the breakfast was served and there was no sugar in sight.

I got the impression from this point on that the staff were in a hurry to get rid of us, as they rushed to clear the table and didn’t even think to offer us another round of coffees.  The whole vibe was stressful and unpleasant and I couldn’t wait to get going.  Whilst I enjoyed their food, there’s something not quite right with the Café Conti staff and unfortunately they let it show.

  • Café Conti – 1/102 Kedron Brook Rd, Wilston, +61 7 3856 5588

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