Saturday, June 17, 2006

C1 Cafe & Brasserie, Chatswood Chase, Chatswood

C1 Cafe & Brasserie, Chatswood Chase, Chatswood
Saturday 17 June, 2006

The slogan attached to Chatswood Chase is 'Beautiful on every level'. Today it felt like Christmas Eve - it took 30 minutes to enter and find a carpark, one lift (of the two operating) was broken so there were people, trolley's and prams backed up on the ramps, escalators etc - it was chaos. 'Beautiful' doesn't come close to describing my thoughts about Chatswood Chase.....

However, you can find some sanctuary away from the crowds. I was meeting a friend for a late lunch/ coffee at C1 Cafe & Brasserie. It's located on the Ground floor just opposite the Country Road homewares store and near Mecca Cosmetica (a place every woman must visit).

C1 is a large, open space in the middle of the shops with entrances on both ends. Upon arrival we were told we could sit anyway but when we walked over to sit at a table we were asked to choose a table in another section - well, that's not sitting anywhere is it??? I ordered a coffee to start and was delivered a flat white with full cream milk (I had asked for Skim).

We decided to order a mix of garlic bread & bruschetta to share - this took sometime to reach the table but when it did both serves were massive. I couldn't taste the garlic on the garlic bread and the bread wasn't toasted enough - the bottom was semi-warm. The bruschetta was OK - there large chunks of tomato scattered across the bread but it was too oily.

The service was random - some staff were courteous but one of our waiters was very nervous and dropped the cutlery as he set the table. He apologised and informed us he was having a bad day.

There was an impressive display of cakes and C1 offer a great deal of coffee & cake for $5 after 2pm most days. If I ever returned it would be to take up this offer.

C1 Cafe & Brasserie - Shop C1, Chatswood Chase, 91 Archer Street, Chatswood - (02) 9410 0700


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wish I had read your blog before we tried C1. Poor service, it was obvious that it was not a happy place. My son ordered pumpkin ravioli, he was presented with six pieces floating in cream. My husband and I ordered a steak sandwich, meat was tough and bread was stale.

2:28 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I went there over the weekend as a new family of 5, we asked for a table of 4 plus the pram with the newborn. Was told by the owner that he couldnt seat us (the restaurant was half empty!!!!!!) as there was nowhere for the pram!!! Was astounded that he didnt want our business - he said it was 'his rules'. What bad service!!!! WILL NEVER BE GOING HERE AGAIN!

4:02 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This was a great place! Have been there dozen of times during the past 10 years. I was thrilled to see that they had tables allocated especially for prams! What an amazing place. I am yet to see a cafe in Sydney that caters for mums. The owner was just so attentive and even carried my baby why I had to run out and grab my 2 year old. I LOVE C1!!

10:55 pm  

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