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    Leicester Square
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  • 1.0 star rating
    6/12/2009
    First to Review

    This place, to put it mildly, is a rip-off. We sat down here for an after-dinner coffee and were stunned when the bill arrived. For two mochas and service, the bill came up to just over £9.

    Yes, the prices are posted on the menus which are pinned up outside, but we weren't offered the menu when we went in. Instead, the waitress rattled off the list of hot drinks they offered, and we just figured that the prices ought to be in line with the other cafes in the area, touristy area or no.

    So, after that unpleasant surprise, we decided to check out the prices of other restaurants just around Pompidou Cafe, and found that they charged between £2.50 and £3 for a cappuccino/mocha/etc. instead of the £3.50 to £4 that this place charged.

    The service was friendly - from at least one of the waitresses anyway - with another waitress being rather surly after she walked into me and spilled the hot chocolate she was carrying (though, fortunately, not on me). I apologised to her twice but still got unfriendly looks and had to refrain from pointing out that a) she was behind me, b) she walked into me and c) it's her job to look where she's going particularly seeing as I don't have eyes at the back of my head.

    Yes, Leicester Square is a tourist trap, but none of the places around the square are as bad as this one.

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