Reasonably priced items on the menu. PHOTO | ABIGAIL ARUNGA

Reasonably priced items on the menu. PHOTO | ABIGAIL ARUNGA

I wasn't expecting much, to be honest, just something cute with basic bitings to sit at as we whiled the time away – which is more than I get at my previous spot. 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.

The adorable inside seating area at Coffee Bistro. PHOTO | ABIGAIL ARUNGA

The adorable inside seating area at Coffee Bistro. PHOTO | ABIGAIL ARUNGA

WORTH IT

They have a quaint menu that is limited but tasty, and the alcohol section is almost longer than the food one, ha.

I wanted to have an iced tea, because I had eaten breakfast an hour and a half ago, unwisely, and so I was still a bit full. They have the option of the iced tea that comes in a bottle, or the one that is home-made – of course I picked the home-made one. My companion had the fish fingers and a soda.

Cool, refreshing homemade iced tea. PHOTO | ABIGAIL ARUNGA

Cool, refreshing homemade iced tea. PHOTO | ABIGAIL ARUNGA

It took me about three minutes to down half of my iced tea. What can I say, it was a hot day. The fish fingers took a bit of time to get to us, but when they did, they were worth the wait. Freshly made and freshly crumbed with a tangy tartar sauce to boot and potato skin fries, which are some of my favourite type of potato. The food is simple and comforting, nothing too complicated or extravagant, but still oh so good.

Coffee Bistro has all sorts of random bits and pieces, including music sheets and song lyrics, that take up a little nook in the back. PHOTO | ABIGAIL ARUNGA

Coffee Bistro has all sorts of random bits and pieces, including music sheets and song lyrics, that take up a little nook in the back. PHOTO | ABIGAIL ARUNGA

What really blew me away, though, were the bookshelves that lined one side of the restaurant wall. They have books that you can read there, as well as books that you can buy.

I spent way more than I should have that day, considering it's basically mid-month, but the guilty pleasure and spotless car were worth it.

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