Giotto art caffe, east sydney

Café de colombia. 78 stanley st, east sydney. Art for sale lines the walls; high-backed couches sit below the picture line, providing a worthy backdrop to the well-dressed eat-in clientele.

The silence is broken only by the sound of orders being placed, and the occasional sound of plates and cutlery in the kitchen: there’s no background music to speak of.

Coffee is made fast, but the grinding was done long ago: this comes out in the milk-dominated flavour of my decaf latte, which has a hint of butter about its flavour: drinkable, but not overly enjoyable.