Cafe on Ventura
13 Ventura Road
Northmead NSW 2152
T: 02 9639 4541
Another poor experience to add. Very rude staff, amazed how they keep customers. Food expensive for what it is, looks very tired inside and out. Spend the extra effort heading to the cafe in Stockland Mall. Owner needs an attitude check.
Just dreadful. Slow, rude, over priced.
Just awful. Lazy staff, owner appeared very angry about something, clearly having a bad week! Won't be back, would rather breakfast at Maccas. This place used to be full, now it's a graveyard.
Coffee too bitter, served almost cold, service terrible, had to order everything at the counter ourselves, ordered some water, never arrived. Food not bad, only thing that was reasonable, but then - how can you ruin raisin toast?
Dropped by on a recommendation. Should have checked this website first. Only ones outside - waitress ignored us, went inside to place my order at counter, still ignored by sour faced woman in kitchen. Waitress appeared from downstairs and it was like we owed HER something. Dreadful coffee, awful experience, my mate said it was a friendly little place, would be surprised if it's still there next year!
Coffee is nothing like it use to be. The place feels depressing and not that friendly i wont be back
Previous writer states below "Cheap environment..". Not necessarily fair to the staff! Current owner needs to learn from previous man who owned this cafe - at least he smiled!
Not a big fan and won't be going back
Cafe is wonderful, I am there every weekend without fail. Service is great and I have never come across any drama whilst visiting! Cheap and friendly environment and the coffee has NEVER tasted BETTER! Definitely a winner!
Wonderful little cafe with great coffee and great food. Staff are lovely and always welcoming.
Does a barista even work here any more? Changed the name, now the only person who can make a decent cuppa has left as well? Staff dropping like flies. Steer clear of the tall sour one - she bites!
First time visited last week. Food was terrific, coffee was great. Unfortunately, there was a woman in the kitchen screaming and yelling at a young waitress? When my partner asked another waitress if everything was OK, she just smiled and apologised. A lady two tables down said it's not the first time she had heard this. Appears the kitchen is a little too hot for this cranky chef! Maybe the owners need to look for a happy one? Everything else was great.
While I agree that the quality of coffee dropped of significantly after the change of ownership, I have noticed that it has improved significantly from when they first took over. I think that for regulars it is worth hanging in there a little while longer as they start to really improve their stuff
Don't quite agree with you Alan, but you have certainly been very busy on the web putting down our local cafe! Appears you have a lot of time on your hands, perhaps would be better spent frequenting a different cafe if you feel so strongly about the poor quality of Albano! The new owners have always been respectful to my family, I find it hard to believe they deserve such a pasting. Your reviews are far more bitter than any coffee after-taste! I liked the old owners, and enjoy the service from the new ones also - the change has been good, give them a go.
This cafe used to serve wonderful coffee BUT now it is very average. The coffee now leaves a very bitter after taste whereas before the new management took over the coffee was great - very disappointing indeed.
Having any of the wait staff make a great coffee is a bonus; I have found the new owners are working together as a team. Change is great thing in this instance, much more of a happy family atmosphere. Must be good as there is always customers in this cafe.
What used to be a consistently great coffee has become just another average coffee - what a shame! Cafe Albano used to take coffee very seriously but suddenly lost the plot - every day there seems to be somebody different at the controls of the machine :( the new owners obviously didn't understand how important consistency means ...... disappointing!
This has been THE best coffeeshop in the hills for some years BUT things changed suddenly in early November 2011 when new owners took over and had no idea about consistency (which is THE most important thing - people expect their coffee to be the same day after day and this is being ignored now sadly - too many people (including former wait staff) are suddenly making coffee with varying degrees of consistency .... not a good brew.
Fantastic coffee and great consistency at a reasonable price. Highly recommended.
Great coffee, Good food, super friendly hosts (Sam & Sue). Beans aren't as good at home as the coffee at the cafe.
Great coffee!!!! Good service and a great location!!!!