If you don’t know by now that South Africa’s economy is part of the global southward plummet, then you must either be a recluse, using prescribed or illegal drugs, or both; possibly even all three.
Even the inane ‘buzz-phrase’, “We’re sorry we’re missing the recession because we are too busy making money” is being used by fewer and fewer of those sickening mind-massagers who bounce up and down on stages, telling you that you’re a winner and other emotional propaganda.
However, those who are fortunate enough to have a job and maybe a little left-over cash before the government implements those crippling road tolls in Jo’burg, will be thinking twice about the next business lunch. The smart money has been and will be downgrading from La Maison du Chic to La Maison du Donald, or something in between; the main theme being consistently high standards and value for money.
Well, if you happen to be in the Ruimsig/Florida/Honeydew area, then Caffé Rossini at Eagle’s Landing shopping centre is most definitely worth a try…. And here’s why.
We’ve been going there for more than 5 years, that’s roughly 50 visits without one disappointment! A record not even a hay fever sufferer would sneeze at. So there’s your consistency right there.
Caffé Rossini is a mid-market franchise, offering meals a few rungs up the ladder from the normal burger outlet – good, honest food without the ‘posh’ or price. It’s the place to go if you and the girls in the office decide to ‘do’ a quick lunch somewhere. It’s also a great place for the family to meet up after the Saturday’s shopping.
There are mercifully no jungle gyms or other recreational apparatus for the kids to play on, so chances are the noise level will be acceptable. This also makes it an ideal place for refined gentlefolk to sit of a sunny afternoon, reading a good book with a companionable cuppa and a slice of scrumptious cake.
As usual, I’ve put the standardising score card up for comparison:
|Category||# out of 10||Notable Points|
|Perceived target market||*||A franchise offering good value for money meals to daytime guests|
|Date & Time of visit||*||13 September 2011 at 11:30am|
|Welcome/greeting||10||We are always warmly greeted on arrival and departure|
|Manager visible?||9||If the owner isn’t there, one of the managers or senior staff members is in attendance|
|Quality of staff||9||In a word: Excellent. Quiet, discreet, attentive and efficient|
|Ambiance||10||A most agreeable variation. It’s alive on weekends and mealtimes but agreeably calm in between times.|
|Table appearance||9||Clean, minimal. No clutter.|
|Menu variety & flexibility||10||A pleasingly varied menu. All reasonable changes to dishes are cheerfully and accurately executed|
|Cleanliness||9||Dining area is always clean and the displays are faultless.|
|Service||10||Quick, accurate and efficient – as standard|
|Promptness||10||Most meals arrive between 7 to 10 minutes. When the place is heaving, allow for a bit longer – but no complaints.|
|Food – presentation||10||Even the simplest items are well presented with attention even to minor detail.|
|Ingredient quality||9||All appearances indicate that high quality ingredients are used. Salads are always crisp and fresh|
|Taste||10||All dishes we’ve eaten here over 5 years have been entirely satisfactory|
|Delivered as advertised||10||Yes – with the friendliness of the owner and staff added|
|Worth the spend||10||Yes – and in these tumultuous economic times – Yes again.|
|Worth going again||10||Yes.|
|Total Score||145||Out of 150 – Five star excellence for this category!!|