In Summary
  • I wasn't expecting much, to be honest, just something cute with basic bitings to sit at as we whiled the time away.
  • But when we entered and were greeted by a smiling waitress who was always ready to be of assistance, and adorable bits of décor, I was quickly sold on what is now my new carwash joint.
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There's nothing I like better than good service.

Okay, that isn't strictly true. I also like, winning the lottery, being given free things (this includes money), nice landlords, a quick cuddle...all of those things. But really high up there on the list, is how much I like good service.

You see, the thing is, I leave my house to spend money at an establishment that sells food, not because I can't make that food in my house (okay, I can only cook three things in a kitchen, but that's beside the point) … If I wanted to eat on my couch, I could order in and be done with it.

A woody welcome to Coffee Bistro.

A woody welcome to Coffee Bistro. PHOTO | ABIGAIL ARUNGA

But by the time I wake up, shower, put on typical human clothing, to go interact with other humans – it takes a degree of effort and desire that I don't have on many given days. Which is why, when it does happen, I definitely want to be treated as if the effort I put in was worth it.

As soon as I saw the books, I was sold. You can read them, and you can buy them. PHOTO | ABIGAIL ARUNGA

As soon as I saw the books, I was sold. You can read them, and you can buy them. PHOTO | ABIGAIL ARUNGA

SERVICE IS EVERYTHING

When I walk into a place, I want to feel welcomed, like they want me there, and like they're contributing to my good time, because they're actively invested in it. Because truly, the level of service you receive at a restaurant indubitably influences your entire experience, in a large way, and it will also obviously influence whether or not you come back.

The outer seating area at Coffee Bistro.

The outer seating area at Coffee Bistro. PHOTO | ABIGAIL ARUNGA

The guava tree drops fruit on cars that look like a bird having violent diarrhoea all over it. This happened to my car last week, and so I decided to take it to Geco Car Wash. I've heard good things about the place, and they have a little cafe I've been angling to try.

Hanging knitted decos supporting potted plants inside Coffee Bistro. PHOTO | ABIGAIL ARUNGA

Hanging knitted decos supporting potted plants inside Coffee Bistro. PHOTO | ABIGAIL ARUNGA

As soon as we drove in, I was greeted by the proprietor who immediately put me at ease concerning my car, even the pseudo bird poop stains. I'm a bit particular about my car, and who touches it, and what they use to touch it, but I immediately relaxed after his third joke.

They give you a card to stamp every time you come to the car wash, by the way, and the 10th time is free. We got out of the car, handed over the keys and walked over to the little cafe, called Coffee Bistro.

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