Opened on Sept 21st, I predict that this little cafe will be out of business by the end of the year. Of course it is new and the Greek pastries looked very nice, but here are the reasons I'm not willing to give this new kid on the block and second chance:
1. Rude counter staff. At the time of my visit the cafe had been open for 2 days. Already disgruntled? Not a good sign.
2. Tepid, poorly done, over-priced coffees and teas. $3 for a plain cup of subpar coffee served in a dainty white cup. $3.25+ for anything flavoured or espresso based. With really tasty, free trade, heaping cups of beautiful java all around this neighbourhood--- why???? Others in my party had Irish Creme (verdict: this just tastes like regular diner coffee!) and Cappucino (Uh, this is, yeah, this isn't good.)
3. Mediocre to bad bakery items (excluding the Greek desserts, which I did not try). Muffins were bad, cakes and cookies were average, but overpriced.
4. Silly no water rule. So after spending $3 on a tiny and tasteless cup of coffee and $6 on a piece of cake, when I asked for a glass of water I was told that they didn't "do that" here and that I would have to purchase a Pelligrino or other bottled water.
5. Awkward design identity. Not that the ambiance of a place makes or breaks a good spot, but it has the feel of a place that wanted to be somewhat chic or well-designed, but was unwilling to put any money into it.
Yet to be fair. . .
1. My server was new (first day) and nervous and slow, but very sweet and very attentive. He even broke the rules and snuck me a contraband glass of tap water, despite being instructed to tell me the no tap water rule.
2. I sat out on the back patio, which was a nice place to be.
3. There was a small selection of Greek/ Mid-Eastern looking dishes beginning at around $8 that might have been good, but I didn't partake of any of these. Who knows? Maybe this is their secret weapon.
My guess though, is that the Comfort Zone just doesn't get it.