Urban Social Cafe – North Balwyn, VIC
Posted by TheRev
6/321 Balwyn Road, North Balwyn, VIC, 3104
John “Hannibal” Smith was noted as often saying in the A-Team, “I love it when a plan comes together,” however it is often just as good when the plan goes totally and utterly pear shaped!” as I discovered in relation to Urban Social. I had attended the Manningham Prayer Breakfast at the Manningham Club in Bulleen and being a complete nube when it comes to Melbourne – when leaving I did the Adelaidean thing and avoided the line up of traffic, that was obviously not going where I wanted to go and went around them, only to discover that they were lining up to get on the Eastern Freeway, which is where I needed to be. Next thing I knew I was over the Eastern and into a leaving green hilly suburb that was completely unfamiliar. So I turned down the nearest street, grabbed my phone to find my bearings. Once satisfied that I hadn’t fallen through the looking glass and could quite easily make it back to the office by another route, I grabbed Beanhunter to find the best coffee along my way – and that is how I found Urban Social in the back streets of leafy North Balwyn, but 10 minutes from my desk.
This is a very trendy place to hang out – perhaps skewed toward the upwardly mobile soccer Mums – with good parking and plenty of space between tables for pushers – its comfortable, clean, stylish – and I am sure, a mecca for the two wheeled lycra set on the weekends. I liked this place!
Ristretto Quality – Excellent – syrupy dark chocolate and burnt orange
Cost – $3.50 latte $3.00 ristretto
Coffee Supplier – Urban Social – roast their own beans on site – double certified organic – I had their ‘seasonal blend’ as the ristretto and their ‘kit-kat’ ‘blend as the latte
Fair Trade – Yes, absolutely.
Customer Service – – memorable – you talk about this place – this is how everyone should be, but few are – and I am going back with a colleague on the first Monday in November (so there may be a follow-up).
Venue Suitable for:
- Quiet Chat, Deep and Meaningful, and/or Study and Reflection – All of those possible uses – but you may need to figure out the best times to go. My first visit was mid-morning on a Friday and it was comfortably busy, yet not massively loud. You could always grab a take away and go for a walk and reflect upon life, the universe and everything.
Posted on October 27, 2012, in Café, Fairtrade, North Balwyn, Organic, Roasting, Urban Social and tagged A1 Customer Service, Café, Coffee, Coffee Beans, Coffee Roasting, Excellent, Latte Review, Melbourne - Eastern Suburbs, Ristretto. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.