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by Tammy Facey (subscribe)
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Published November 10th 2013
Baklawa with your coffee
At the top of Harborne High Street you'll see the little cafe, Cafe Boutique, which has only been open the last 16 months.

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Menu treats

On a rainy afternoon I ran into Cafe Boutique, which looked inviting, cute, and cosy. It smelt divine when I entered, and the sheer array of cakes on offer looked yummy.

It's a bit of an unusual set up. The general manager motioned towards the stairs and told me they offer a number of beauty treatments upstairs if I was interested, which I found a little odd.

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Home-made cake

I kindly declined the offer of beauty treatments and turned my attention to the treats on offer. The baklawa looked impressive, and the cafe opened up at the back with a large seating area, which I thought would be perfect for groups and families.

I was a little surprised however, at how empty the cafe was. I visited on a rainy Saturday and had expected it to be at least half-full like a lot of the other cafes which line the High Street. Cafe Boutique, however, was empty.

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Seating area

It soon became clear why there weren't any customers. The customer service is a real let down. Once I'd ordered a slice of baklawa (3.00), and sat down with a mug of herbal tea (1.80), the general manager came over to me and asked why I was taking pictures of my food. I thought her question a little strange, but explained I'm a bit of a foodie and love a good picture to share with the world. She told me I must stop because picture-taking isn't allowed.

Nonplussed, I left the cafe shortly after finishing my rather tasty slice of baklawa, but it was a real shame because I was looking forward to leisurely enjoying my slice and sipping my tea in peace.
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Why? Traditional baklawa in a contemporary setting
When: 10am - 4pm Monday - Saturday Closed Sunday
Phone: 0121 427 5906
Where: At the top of Harborne High Street
Cost: 4.80 for a drink and slice of cake
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