Gallery Cafe Xpress

For about seven years, we got by with a tiny television. It matched our tiny apartment. When we got a house, the TV stayed, and I didn’t think anything of it. Then, last year, as a reward for finally finishing the bathroom renovations, I bought a new television with over six times the screen area. A few months later, I had reason to fire up the old TV, and the first thing that went through my head was “how did I put up with this for so long?”

You may wonder what this has to do with coffee, so here’s the segue – Westfield Chermside recently opened part of its “Stage 6” expansion, which involved the conversion of its western row of shops from one story to two. They’ve done a pretty good job – the new section doesn’t just seem more airy due to its height, but the aisle between the shops actually feels wider than it used to be.

The issue with this is that where I replaced one television with another, the new and old co-exist at Westfield Chermside. And that’s a problem, because whereas in the past it didn’t seem that bad, now the old sections (primarily Stage 4 and before) seem really old and crappy. I’m talking “feeling like I’m in a subway” crappy.

The public transport analogy is apt, as this is the closest cafe to the bus terminus, and there were plenty of customers when Clara and I ordered our coffee. I must also mention that this was the second time that we had visited – a previous attempt at obtaining coffee was thwarted due to an absence of any staff, despite the registers and lights all being on. This time there was one staff member, and he was far too busy to clean tables, organise chairs, or do anything but serve and make coffee.

My coffee was not memorable, but Clara’s was really good (I always sample hers as well). I would have to put it in the top three that we have visited so far.

To sum up, if you’ve just got off a bus and are in a hurry, or if you value your child’s cafe experience over your own, this is your place. Otherwise, give it a miss!

3/10

Location: Westfield Chermside
Prices: Large Cappuccino $5.50, Babyccino $1.00
Seating: 30 – 50

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Caffe Cherry Beans

Westfield’s level 2 shops opened a while back, and I was looking forward to sampling all of the new cafes with Clara. The only problem with that idea is that I could only find one cafe in the entire new floor. Maybe people like drinking their coffee at sea level?

Caffe Cherry Beans is nice enough inside – there is a lot of room in between the tables for prams (although Clara is getting a bit old for hers). The service was quick enough, but the drinks were nothing special. The price was also quite high.

Would I come here again? Maybe if I was with a parenting group, but otherwise, there are better offerings on the ground floor.

4/10

Location: Westfield Chermside
Prices: Large Cappuccino $5.40, Babyccino $1.50
Seating: 30 – 50

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