We've been going to Joes Cafe for some time. I think the food is quite good; however lately there seems to be a bit of cost cutting and 'Apprentice style' upselling.
I used to get nice big mushrooms with the breakfast, but no more. They also used to serve a small little biscuit accompanying tea or coffee. Gone.
On entrance, you're required to seated by a staff member; which I always find really annoying - it's not a restaurant after all. Invariably they seat you in the spot you'd rather not be. The tables are just a little bit too narrow, so you'd always prefer to get two tables together if you can.
The bloke in charge on Saturdays comes across as insincere and over-efficient. You're savouring the remnants of your Latte and it'll be - "can I get you anything else" i.e. if you're finished, here's the bill - I need this table!
Once you get the bill - its isn't cheap. The food is still reasonable, but all these little things are starting to add up.
i always thought the weekend chap was rather genuine in his niceness...and as for "can i get you anything else", that is pretty standard stuff for the type of place it is. on the other hand the food is a tad on the bland side and the coffee only satisfactory...