It’s been a while since we’ve done any reviewing and the cafe we visited this time round hadn’t even opened since our last stop in our tour of cafes. Costa in the still fresh Victoria Square was the subject of our first summer 2008 review. Costa is certainly the biggest chain of cafes we’ve reviewed so far. How would that factor in our review?
Burr has been speaking highly of Costa of late. Indeed he has been to this particular Costa several times already. Why? Well according to Burr the blueberry muffins are nothing short of little presents from god. Roll VT…
Of course we should, Phil. Of course we should.
I’ve got to say, I was very disappointed with the distinctly average muffin and everyone else seemed to agree. Perhaps we just got unlucky with a bad batch or perhaps it just wasn’t very fresh since it was in the evening. The muffin was certainly not the moist, oozing, blueberry facial explosion that Burr described in the video.
The coffee was average, the iced lattes were very refreshing (and sugary). Burr enjoyed his tea but it’s hard to get it wrong with a Twinings tea bag. We were forced to sit outside the cafe because it was quite hot and smelled a bit inside. We were pretty much sitting in the shopping mall itself and there certainly wasn’t a coffee house atmosphere.
Costa serves its function perfectly. It’s the afternoon, you’re shopping, tired and you’re looking for somewhere to take a break and maybe get a drink. Boom. But if you’re looking for a coffee house experience you’d better look elsewhere.
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