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    Tried this new cafe last weekend, on the site on High St that the Pizza Hut used to be. See their website for some pics (google the words in the Subject); theres a big yellow La Marzocco to match their cups.

    Decor is modern minimalist - concrete floors, plain dark tables. A couple of outside tables for when the weather is good.

    Great espresso, great lattes.

    Excellent food!

    Tolerated our ~3 year old romping around the couches with a gracious and friendly smile.

    Apparently waiting for their liquor licence before they are opening for dinner, but so far great for a late breakfast or lunch.

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    Matt
    Thanks for posting about the Oak Room
    I thought I would give it a try based on your comments, they produced a stunning coffee way beyond my expectations.
    The presentation, temperature, crema and flavour were excellent. Their passion for coffee & quality was really inspiring.
    They are using Gridlock coffee.
    I am already looking forward to my next visit!

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      Yeah I guess I was pretty understated in my post above - but thought Id put down my thoughts while I remembered. 

      The coffee was really top-notch - crema, body, richness, flavour, temperature: all there.  And the food was a surprise, really complex flavours.  I suppose its a result of the combination of various cultures that go into the place.

      Im picky about the decor because I like a more homely place (ref Santuccis not far away) - stark places tend to get noisy, Id prefer some cosy quiet table tucked in a corner.  But thats the only "complaint" I can make.

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        Re: Oak Room - Ashburton

        After reading the thread i thought id drop in for some breakfast this weekend, and im glad i did.

        Coffee was superb (tasted exactly as it does at 65 Degrees, which is a testament both to Gridlock and to the barista), whilst the milk texturing was ive good as ive seen in Melbourne.
        I tried both the house blend and the SO (a Costa Rican, forget the exact bean) and both were excellent.

        They actually made the effort to warm the cups up, too, which made me very happy as its a small thing but one that many great cafes simply dont do.

        As for the food, it was pretty remarkable, too.
        Good, generous serves, great flavours and really interesting and creative combinations.

        It wasnt overly busy when we went (a nice, steady stream of customers), but thats often the case in the early days of new cafes.
        Hopefully word gets out because this place deserves to succeed.

        At the moment weve pretty much got only three cafes in our cant miss rotation, but Oak Room may well just join that rotation, and it comes with the added bonus of being relatively close to home.

        Thanks for the tip, Matt, we really love finding new cafes and without your recommendation wed probably never have even learned about this little gem.

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          Re: Oak Room - Ashburton

          Originally posted by 282828620 link=1315484654/3#3 date=1318129665
          After reading the thread i thought id drop in for some breakfast this weekend, and im glad i did.

          Coffee was superb (tasted exactly as it does at 65 Degrees, which is a testament both to Gridlock and to the barista), whilst the milk texturing was ive good as ive seen in Melbourne.
          I tried both the house blend and the SO (a Costa Rican, forget the exact bean) and both were excellent.

          They actually made the effort to warm the cups up, too, which made me very happy as its a small thing but one that many great cafes simply dont do.

          As for the food, it was pretty remarkable, too.
          Good, generous serves, great flavours and really interesting and creative combinations.

          It wasnt overly busy when we went (a nice, steady stream of customers), but thats often the case in the early days of new cafes.
          Hopefully word gets out because this place deserves to succeed.

          At the moment weve pretty much got only three cafes in our cant miss rotation, but Oak Room may well just join that rotation, and it comes with the added bonus of being relatively close to home.

          Thanks for the tip, Matt, we really love finding new cafes and without your recommendation wed probably never have even learned about this little gem.
          Visited Oak Room today whilst dropping in my machine for a fix nearby. I agree wholeheartedly with everything you have said. I had the house blend as a piccolo and the costa rican as an espresso and both were delicious! I was very happy about my hot espresso cups My girlfriend and I then tried the sticky date pudding and it was delightful.

          The yellow LM was beautiful, along with the matching cups and the staff were extremely friendly. Looking forward to coming here for a big lunch or dinner and enjoying their Thai-based menu =D I also very much liked the layout and decor of the shop! ;D

          Tim

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            Re: Oak Room - Ashburton

            I also went into the Oak Room today.

            Just grabbed a take away flat white and a ham, cheese and tomato panini thing. Both were very good.

            They had a bench mounted jug washer on mounted next to the coffee machine, neat idea. The barista washed the jug then put milk in it, steamed it, made my coffee and then rinsed the jug. No old milk sitting around 8-)

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              Re: Oak Room - Ashburton

              Went back again this weekend and was just as impressed the second time around.

              The customer service is seriously good, and probably the best ive experienced in Melbourne, the food continues to impress me (this time i had the wonderfully creative poached eggs with garlic croustade, asparagus and hollandaise), whilst the coffee was again superb.

              I had a chat to the barista and his passion is there for all to see.
              I commended him both on his heating up of the cups and his washing of jugs after each coffee.
              He was glad that i noticed and said that whilst theyre little things, they all add to the quality of the coffee so he makes the effort with each and every coffee he makes, regardless of how busy they are.

              I had an outstanding Kenyan Gethumbwini (one of my favourite beans, so i hope we see it in BeanBay one day), along with their house blend through milk and again it tasted as good, if not better, than it does at its origin, 65 Degrees.

              Oak Room is most definitely in my weekend breakfast rotation now.

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