Caffetini, Ultimo

Caffetini, ultimo

Grinders Giancarlo coffee. 73-75 MacArthur St, Ultimo.

Searching for cafes near the Powerhouse museum, I’ve noticed this place a number of times – its most striking aesthetic point, visible even from the street, is its gold feature wall. It gives what is otherwise a normal fit-out a sense of occasion and style. Between the indoor and outdoor seating, there’s space for about 30 people, and there are a couple of IKEA high-chairs in case you bring a small child with you.

There’s a big, printed menu up on the wall behind the sandwich bar, and because it’s early in the day, there’s a big, freshly made fruit salad but no lunchtime salads are ready. There’s EFTPOS for those who are looking to settle their bills without cash, and – though the coffees take a little while to be made, at least they’re happy to take money from either side of the counter.

Sadly there’s no decaf grinder, but when the coffees come out – any takeaway coffees – they’re topped with a small home-made biscotti. A homey touch. On a quiet Friday they have a barista and four other staff working, which makes for a smooth food service. Milk is made with care. Coffee is quite hot, sweet enough, but with some kind of metallic aftertaste, unfortunately.

I think it’s worth a revisit to try the food: does anyone else have thoughts on this place?