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Published January 29th 2013
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There are times when you are hungry and you can't think straight. And if it's a rainy, cold day, chances are you would end up craving something hot. This Monday was just a day like this - cold, rainy and very depressing. Well, you would say that it's nothing new for the weather in London, but when you are walking out of your home after lying in bed over a forced extended weekend, everything around you seems lethargically depressing.
So after a morning-long session of catching up with work, when I decided to step out of the office for something hot, I found myself walking down about a kilometre to this cafe. Looked pretty decent from the outside, and frankly I didn't bother reading all the different sign boards before entering as a look inside at comfy couches tempted me. I wonder if it's just me who thinks sitting on bony hard chairs would give me an arse pain or is it normal for everyone else? Well if it was so normal, why would they even bother having those chairs around? Perhaps they don't want the guests to get too comfortable to stay in for an hour or so after the meal. That reminds me of a Chinese restaurant I once went to. There was a queue and the waiter had rushed through our order almost stopping at saying, "You had your food, paid the bill, now get out" - he didn't actually say that, if you missed the point.
Anyway, back to the story of the cafe I was in. Eroma is a very temptingly pleasant name. I am attracted by restaurants that have a trendy name as it makes me picture the kind of food they would be serving. Presumptuous you say? Maybe.
What Eroma reminded me of was the pleasant aroma that you get when you crumble a warm pie - steam gushing out in your nose as you guess what all ingredients make up the mix. However, once I was in, I was disappointed - not many menu options to choose from. I remember asking the guy at the counter for a Vegetarian Breakfast (the sign on the door said they serve full day breakfast), and he replied "Maybe I can arrange that. Do you eat eggs?" I said " Yeah, I don't mind eggs" and he says "Maybe I can mix up some vegetables". Now - who would like to pay the same (around £5) for a non set menu item? Just tell me Yes or No, so I can move on!
Anyway, I changed my mind, not too convinced about the made-up breakfast plate, and ordered a latte and lamb patty. While I waited, I noticed a small cyber cafe in the background, perhaps they allowed people to surf and eat.
I didn't had to wait a long time. However, the first sip of coffee made me feel sick. Perhaps it was spoilt milk or some milk that I had never tasted before - Yuck (sic)! The patty didn't look appealing, especially with a lack of any condiments, but tasted alright.
It was an awful experience, and it was the second time a Camberwell cafe didn't measure up to my expectations. Perhaps I should stick to bar food or the well known fast food chains.
I would highly advise you to not put your money in cafe food in the Camberwell area. Stick to the bars, there are some good ones around.