Urban Social Cafe – North Balwyn, VIC

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!

Latte Quality – Excellent – very smooth, with a palate that reminded me of roasted pine nuts (or perhaps it is just that I am nuts?)

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.
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Posted on October 27, 2012, in Café, Fairtrade, North Balwyn, Organic, Roasting, Urban Social and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. well well well… finally! and on my side of the freeway too… try brother baba buda when your in the city next 🙂 I love Melbourne for coffee 🙂

  2. I’m not had much luck with these guys since my first visit. I have arranged two meetings at Urban Social on two different days of the week to find it shut both times….

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